Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao, Hachioji: Address, Mt. Takao Reviews: 4.5/5

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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, founded in 744.
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mzzyap
Philippines2,392 contributions
Mt Takao changes faces every season. Again we availed of the Keio Mt Takao train/tram/chairlift package deal from the automatic ticket machine at Shinjuku. It's convenient and saves us money. Less than an hour away, Mt Takao is a totally different world from the cement canyons of urban Tokyo.
Written February 14, 2020
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Emma C
Oxford, UK2,270 contributions
Solo
I came here with a good friend who had been before. I read everything on line and it all said that if you use route one it's easy "like walking in the city"...it's not. If you are not fit, are overweight or asthmatic you may find it quite challenging. That said, it is worth the effort. Just to note my friend did the whole thing on foot when she came before...so it is possible if that kind of thing floats your boat!

Route one takes you up in the funicular (which is called a cable car here) to half way-ish. Then you just follow everyone else along paved paths, up steps to the summit at 599m. The day I was there it was packed at every stage, but it was clear so we were greeted by a lovely view of Fuji-San and about a million people trying to take pictures of themselves at the summit marker thing and picnicking.

There are lots of stops on the way up/down with food, drink, shrines and even a monkey park!

On the way back down we had to wait for around 90 mins for the funicular back to the base. It was ridiculous. Soooo many people, over organised queuing system and nowhere to wait. It was a rubbish end to what was a lovely day.

Glad I went though.
Written January 25, 2020
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Mick
Bangkok, Thailand131 contributions
Pleasant day trip but a bit more pricy by train compared to other day trips from downtown Tokyo. Several nice walks and beautiful views of the city but the view of Fuji-Yama wasn't brilliant as I went in early-mid summer and its best seen in Autumn or Winter under clearer skies.
Well recommended and the trails have different degrees of difficulty to chose from.
Written June 17, 2020
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NYLON_nomad
London, UK3,497 contributions
Family
Under COVID, we were thinking of somewhere remote by trying to stay away from the crowded place but we were wrong.

The queues for cable car and lifts were too long so we decided to take a path up to the summit.

It was bit challenging for my 6 year old daughter but we managed to climb!

It was more surprising that the summit was as crowded as the bottom.

Unfortunately we could not see Mt Fuji but we were happy to make it to the peak.

It was great for one day hiking!
Written November 22, 2020
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Jimmy Y
Cardiff, UK128 contributions
Business
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 the final stop.

Once you get out of the train station, turn right and walk towards the Mt Takao chair lift or cable car station. If you are not ready for walking then I would strongly suggest you take the cable car, return ticket is JPY900. It takes about 10mins to reach to station above excluding waiting or queuing time.

To avoid crowds I would suggest weekdays and even so, it can be rather busy by late afternoon.

Once arriving the station above, get out and turn left passing a row of shops, arriving on a road, you can get a good view of Tokyo. There after turn left and walk on the road, there will be many people walking towards the same direction.

You will pass a monkey park, it is extra if you wish to visit. Along the ways there are shops and restaurants if you wish to have soba. The same road will lead you to the Shinto temple at the summit.

There are many vending machines if you wish to buy water or juice.

I must say that walking up to summit and to the temple is quite a task and take you time to complete the walk. It did the whole visit within 2 hours and I did it rather quickly as i do not have the full day.

I think Mt Takao is worth visiting provided you enjoy walking and nature. There are some lovely large trees and I enjoy the peaceful environment and serenity. I would avoid visiting if the weather is bad.

There are lockers near the cable car station, they are small ones and will not fit a luggage, good for a small rucksack.
Written February 12, 2014
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DoctorDerm1
Winter Springs, FL261 contributions
Couples
This is a lovely way to escape into the mountains, being only about an hour away from Tokyo. The train station is right at the base of the mountain. The top of the mountain is only 1800 feet. There is a cable car and a chair lift which both will take you about half way up or down. We took the cable car up which cost ¥480. From there it is and easy walk. If you wish to walk the whole thing there are six different trails to choose from. We chose trail #6 which was a lovely quiet walk through the forest following a stream down to the base. In my attached photos I have an English copy of the trail map.
Written July 18, 2019
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Bakar5565
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia51 contributions
One trip per japan visit. Thats 6 times a year!
When u google, how to get there, remember, its takao sanguchiko station ( not mt. takao!). At the station, follow the crowd for 5 minutes to the base terminal. Then, 2 option, tram or chair-lift. Chair lift..my favourite.
30 meters before terminal, noodle shop on left. Excellent tempura or kitsune soba with yam, sunshine vegetable.. a must.
Before leaving for home, eat warabi mochi dessert at same shop. Nice.
Written April 7, 2019
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synergy
Pensacola, FL496 contributions
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 up and down (480 yen one way per person). The walk from the drop off to the top talks one though several shrines and temples, places where there are a few booths set up for souvenirs and food. There's a small park entrance where they keep monkeys for viewing (450 yen per person); we did not check this out. The trails lead in a few different directions and the signage can be a bit confusing, like so many trail signs are in Japan; we just followed the crowds, and there were lots of people.
At the top we were able to see views of the mountains, Tokyo and surrounding cities, barely mount Fuji, and lots of trees, woods, bushes, etc… ;)

People were everywhere… ;)

The food at the top wasn't very appealing to my wife and I, so we opted to wait till we got back down, even though by this point we were getting pretty hungry, and thirsty for a beer. There's a beer garden near the top where one can pay 3600-3800 yen per person to sit around and drink, eat sausage dogs, etc. We opted not to do this due to the cost. I mean come on, lets say about $35.00 per person to drink what, 3-4.5% beer?! No thanks.
While on our way down we noticed a road veering off slightly from the main stream of traffic, most people would just walk right past the booth that was set up here, a small hut like place to eat. Inside we found a very nice little restaurant, with indoor and patio seating (patio area overlooked the hillside, nice)! We stopped here for a snack, nigiri (rice balls) and beer, very inexpensive and very tasty! This held us till we found a nice place for lunch at the bottom.

It was a pretty easy walk and chair lift ride back down, the little town is quaint, smaller than we'd hoped for, but nice for a short day trip. Yes, it's worth checking out. Wait till cooler weather, maybe Oct/Nov, but before snowy season for sure. Enjoy!
Written August 27, 2018
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PrincessTokyo
United States39 contributions
Family
About 50 minutes by train from the busyness of Shinjuku Station, Mt. Takoa is a great place for exercise, a beautiful breath of fresh air and a peaceful oasis! Our family climbed Mt.Takoa on three different occasions this past Spring (2016) and it immediately became my new favorite place in Tokyo (which truly says a lot about the place, since Tokyo has so much to offer).

There are several trails to choose from, but we chose to climb up trail # 6 each time and descend on trail #1. I highly recommend this route because it gives you the best of both worlds-- being 100% surrounded by nature on the quiet dirt trail ascent, and then being able to enjoy the beautiful temples, shrines, statues, old buildings, shops and eateries on the more-populated paved trail down. Toward the top of trail #6 you will need to climb what feels like a never ending flight of log steps... I counted over 200... So prepare for a bit of a workout. On the bottom half of trail #1, you can reduce your climb time by at least 30 minutes by taking the cable car or chair lift down to the base of the mountain. For a different type of activity, sticking to trail #1 and taking the cable car allows those who don't want much of a climb to just visit the beer garden or shrines that are half way up the mountain.

Although reaching the 599 meter high summit certainly feels like an accomplishment, in my opinion, it's not the greatest view from the top. With most Spring days being pretty cloudy, I'm not sure how often you'll find the picture perfect view of the surrounding mountains or the city below. Nonetheless, it is still photo-worthy. The main draw, however, is the the wonderful hike up there, and the beautiful temples and shrines on the way down. Oh-- and the amazing roasted dark sesame mochi on a stick. You have to try it. Soooooo gooooood........

We've gone on this hike with just adults and also with children. Even our 6-year-old loved the climb and led most of the way! We also took out-of-town visitors here during their two week stay, and they both said it was one of the highlights of their trip. It offers Tokyo visitors a more well-rounded view of Japan, away from all the skyscrapers and pavement.

If taking this specific route, I suggest allowing about four hours in order to really enjoy the scenery on the way up, take in the sights on the way down, and grab a quick bite to eat. (maybe add an hour if you want to stop at one of the sit-down restaurants on trail #1 or at the base of the mountain, and add another hour if you want to stop at the monkey park on the way down trail #1.)

Tips:
1. Avoid the weekend, for much smaller crowds.
2. Wear very comfortable shoes and lots of bug repellent, and dress in layers. The summit can be cold, and the climb gets progressively cooler after 3pm. You'll survive without a sweatshirt or light jacket, but in the springtime, you'll appreciate having the option.
3. Don't overpack. Keep in mind there are a few small open-air restaurants as well vending machines with bottled water at the summit, so no need to carry too much extra weight up the mountain with you. Just don't forget your money. ;)
4. If you give yourself a full day, (like 6+ hours) the perfect way to end this hike would be by relaxing at the onsen. At the very base of the mountain, in the same building as the beautiful new timber train station, you'll find a fancy-looking segregated hot spring bath house. We personally never made it there for lack of time, but I would imagine its the perfect way to reward your body after a three-to four hour hike and add to the whole Japanese experience!
Written September 5, 2016
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MatthewWinfield1
Tokyo, Japan73 contributions
Family
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 packed with a 45-75 minute wait. I made the fatal error of traveling here on a weekend, but I understand weekdays are not much better. View is at best very average. There are just better things to do that this.
Written November 6, 2018
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