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An hour outside Tokyo by train, Mt. Takao is popular among city dwellers for the views from its seven hiking trails. To enjoy the view without the work, take the cable car or chairlift to the top and visit the Takaosan Yakuoin Yuuki-ji Temple...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Hachioji, Tokyo Prefecture
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed February 12, 2014

I was at Hachioji and decided to visit Mt Takao. There are 2 ways on the train to mt Takao. Either the Keio train or the JR train. On the JR train would need to change at Takao station. Keio train will be direct to...More

17  Thank Jimmy Y
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This trip provided a nice leisurely walk from the train station to a two seat chair lift, which then took us to a drop off point about 2 kilometers from the top of Mount Takao. We found the chair lift to be a pleasant ride...More

4  Thank Frank B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure to visit this place during autumn ! The red leaves so called Momoji , it gets really beautiful during this season ! The view is indeed breathtaking ! You will love this place trust me ! Also the hike is not really hard...More

Thank PeterCRTW
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unbelievably busy, crowds at every stop, over priced and over rated food stalls. And barely a view of Mt Fuji. It is a tourist trap. The way down you get wait listed for the cable car of chair lift for ages. Way up is also...More

2  Thank MatthewWinfield1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoy nature more than the city and Mt Takao gave me a reprieve from Tokyo's energy. We were hoping for some autumn colors but didnt really see any, we were too early but I think this was a plus because I heard the crowds...More

Thank nita300
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a JR Train from Tokyo to Takao station using the JR pass and then switched to the private Keio railway to Takaosanguchi station. Then we took a chair lift instead of the cable car up Mt Takao and hiked the rest of the...More

1  Thank PaulSiow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great day ou this was. I took a train from Shinjuku. Only about 1 hour away. I trekked to the 599.5m peak. I took route 6 which was amazing, there was one part where u trek up through a stream that has stepping...More

1  Thank Gow
Reviewed September 24, 2018

Mt. Takao is a great day trip from Tokyo, only an hour away, and with several hiking trail choices, it's perfect for all ages. When I went, in September, there was mainly the older generation here which was interesting. Take trail one for the easiest...More

1  Thank courtzzzc
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

One of the best hiking place in Japan. Accessible from Tokyo. A very quiet and sophisticated hiking trail. There are 6 different trail route, I chose the most popular number 1. Take around 90minutes of steep road. Tiring, but its worth to do because once...More

2  Thank Yuta S
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This trip provided a nice leisurely walk from the train station to a two seat chair lift, which then took us to a drop off point about 2 kilometers from the top of Mount Takao. We found the chair lift to be a pleasant ride...More

4  Thank Frank B
Reviewed August 7, 2018

Takao san is a wonderful place to visit. Temples dot the path to the summit, and at the top there are gorgeous views of Tokyo and Fuji san. Also, amazing soba noodles and cold beer at the top for weary travellers! You need to be...More

2  Thank KylieDeC
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

Popular place to view Mt Fuji and Tokyo accessible by either a chairlift or a cable car. Busy during weekends.

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June 13, 2018|
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Response from TravelTea | Reviewed this property |
Trail #1 is the most popular route (meaning most crowded) & it is wide & paved all the way w/ vendors selling snacks/drinks. However, it is not flat, there are slight inclines and a few stairs along the way. You can use... More
November 30, 2017|
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Response from Kristyn S | Reviewed this property |
Yes! 8am to 1pm is plenty of time to take the train to Takaosanguchi station and the cable car to Mt Takao. I was able to make the round trip hike to the top from the cable car and back down (while stopping for some photos... More
Alexandra M
March 1, 2017|
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Response from PrincessTokyo | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I know it can be done faster, but we've done the same trek three times and we took about 4 hours to climb trail #6 and descend on trail #1. That gave us left plenty of time to take photos along the way, grab a quick bite... More