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“Wonderful hiking and spiritual experience”
Review of Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao
Ranked #1 of 65 things to do in Hachioji
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Richmond Hill, Canada
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“Wonderful hiking and spiritual experience”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

We came to Japan to visit our friend and she recommended hiking up Mt Takao to see the fall foliage. We hiked all the way up instead of taking the cable car, and it was lovely. It was early in the season for the Autumn leaves so it was green on the way up, with beautiful HUGE trees, way older than anything where I'm from. The roots coming out the ground going up the path were quite beautiful and there were little shrines here and there on the way up. Most of the statues had little bibs or red hats, which our friend told us were knitted by volunteers every winter. Really cute! The path we chose (no 6 I think) was not very crowded, so it made it quite tranquil. When you do meet people on the way, they always say hello, which we are told is customary in Japan. I'm not very fit so I was huffing and puffing near the end, especially because right before you get to the top there are many flights of wooden stairs. Something to keep in mind if you're not up for a workout. There were a lot more people on the top when we arrived. The views of the mountains(Mt Fuji was sadly hidden when we were there) and the city were beautiful and there were some beautiful trees that Had turned bright red. There is a ramen restaurant to eat at at the top - nice and filling after a long climb. There are also vending machines, shops and bathrooms (like many washrooms in Japan, these did not have soap or towels so remember to bring some or purell). On the way down(which is normally the way people go up) there were beautiful temples, with gorgeous statues. One shrine had tons of little fox statues all alround, each one with its own little bib. There's a gift shop that sells the wooden plaques on which you can write a prayer and hang up on the temple wall - it's fun to read some of the ones others have left - and they sell charms as well. We were lucky to have our friend with us to tell us what each one meant. They made great souvenirs for people- if you are travelling to Kyoto though, the charms there are cheaper we thought. We started the day late, so on the way down we got a great view of the city with all the lights on. Unfortunatly that meant making the descent in the dark though, and the path was not lit, so please bring a flashlight if you think you might be leaving after sunset. Overall it was a lovely trip - the trees, the temples, the view and only an hour from Tokyo (don't forget to take the express!) Highly recommend it to anyone!

Visited November 2012
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Great views up top”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

A nice mountain with great views on top. There are many little temples on your hike up. There might be a lot of people but that doesn't ruin it because you're still in nature. After your visit here, try going to Ukai Toriyama.

Visited February 2012
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“Autumnal Fun!”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

The colors of the red and orange leaves were spectacularly vibrant! My friend and I had loads of fun goofing around with the leaves (we're originally from a place with no Autumn season). We hiked rather than took the cable car but further up the leaves were mostly green rather than red/orange.

The place was fairly crowded with many tourists. There were many shops selling snacks and souvenirs but they can be rather pricey. Nevertheless, with the cool weather, a hot Manju can be irresistible. Toilets are dirtier by Japanese standard.

Visited November 2012
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brisbane, australia
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“A Great Family Day”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

It was a clear sunny but crisp autumn day and Mt Takao beckoned. The autumn colours were in full swing and we started out from Takaosanguchi Station.
We hadn't reckoned on it being a festival day and also being a Sunday it was very crowded. Waiting for the cable car for an hour we were entertained by the energetic taiko drummers and both men and women drummers were represented.
The steep climb was swift and the crowds continued but we persevered walking up through the forest to the temple using the easy route and not the daunting stone steps. The temple complex was really interesting with many prayer wheels, statuary, an unusual device for god- summoning with the rope and metal rings as well as the temple buildings.
Back to the monkey park and the ropeway terminus and to join the queues again for a mitarashi dango snack. The wait for the cablecar was too long so we walked back down the mountain - a pleasant and downhill walk through the forest which only took about 30 minutes and just got back before it got dark.
We had combined this trip with a previous lunch at nearby Ukai Toriyama, which with the sumptuous traditional garden setting and the beautiful food made for a perfect family day.

Visited November 2012
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“Fun but crowded”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Spur of the moment decision. Day was clear and cool and we expected vibrant autumn colors. We weren’t disappointed. My son and I have climbed Fuji, my wife fondly remembers climbing a nearby Mt. with friends. It was an easy hike up well marked trails. Some choke points, like the one at a shrine where everyone funnels down into two abreast to climb a set of stairs; it took 25 minutes to travel 150 feet. There were plenty of places to stop along the way to rest and spend your money. Spectacular views of downtown Tokyo at several places along the way. Interesting statues at the shrines, like one of a man with a beak and wings. There appears to be a network of trails and the more adventurous can continue on to other mountains. To get there we took JR from Sagamihara station to Hachioji station where we transferred to the JR Chuo Line and went to Takao station. At Takao station we transferred to the Keio Line and rode to the next stop, Takaosanguchi station. We’d like to go back but will do so on a week day when it’s not so crowded.

Visited November 2012
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