Mt. Takao
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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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  • Andy T
    Perth, Australia55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's lovely, just do it
    Climbed Mt Takao in August when it was hot as hell but still had a fantastic time. Many interesting things to see on the way up, and the summit doesn't disappoint either. There's plenty of trails to try out, and honestly I enjoyed taking the more intrepid ones on the way back. Be aware that the cable car only takes cash, and the dude manning it laughed at us when we didn't have cash (it started pouring rain), in hindsight fair enough it was pretty funny. Even walking down in the rain was beautiful though.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
  • sonofdragon
    San Jose, California428 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mt Takao in search of Momijigari
    We came on Dec 02 in search of momijigari, and we left with a truck load of pictures. From Takaosanguchi station, we hiked up to the top of the mountain and returned to the station via the ropeway. Like others, we hiked trail #1 from among the many designated trails. Standing along the trail is the Shinto-Buddhist Yakuoin Temple. So beautiful that you won't miss it. The fall colors made the temple stand out. I did post some pictures earlier. Please check them out. :)
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 December 2023
  • TS ANAND
    Hyderabad, India490 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    TRIP TO MT TAKAO
    One has to take Kieo line frm shinjuku station nd get down at takaosanguchi. A short walk will take you to cable car. Do experience cable car one way and sky lift another way. Make sure u have walking shoes. After the trip do go ONSEN hot spring bath next to Takaosanguchi station. Pl read about Onsen before going as all may not be comfortable.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 May 2024
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TS ANAND
Hyderabad, India490 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
One has to take Kieo line frm shinjuku station nd get down at takaosanguchi. A short walk will take you to cable car. Do experience cable car one way and sky lift another way. Make sure u have walking shoes. After the trip do go ONSEN hot spring bath next to Takaosanguchi station. Pl read about Onsen before going as all may not be comfortable.
Written 23 May 2024
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Tom B
Melbourne, Australia1,704 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Hiked up Path #6 (Biwa waterfall trail), with a great view of a snow capped Mt Fuji from the summit. Then meandered about doing portions of trails 5 (around the summit), 3 (nature trail/forest bathing/shinrin yoku), 1 (up to the shrine) , 4 was closed so I came down on the Inariyama trail.
Written 11 January 2024
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sonofdragon
San Jose, CA428 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We came on Dec 02 in search of momijigari, and we left with a truck load of pictures. From Takaosanguchi station, we hiked up to the top of the mountain and returned to the station via the ropeway. Like others, we hiked trail #1 from among the many designated trails. Standing along the trail is the Shinto-Buddhist Yakuoin Temple. So beautiful that you won't miss it. The fall colors made the temple stand out. I did post some pictures earlier. Please check them out. :)
Written 2 December 2023
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia10,656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Took cable car up Mt Takao. The cable car is the steepest one in Japan. Our target was the Yakuo-in Temple. From the drop off point, we still have to walk to the temple. We passed many trees, monuments, statues, shops, attractions , people before we reach the temple.
Written 13 November 2023
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Andy T
Perth, Australia55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Climbed Mt Takao in August when it was hot as hell but still had a fantastic time. Many interesting things to see on the way up, and the summit doesn't disappoint either. There's plenty of trails to try out, and honestly I enjoyed taking the more intrepid ones on the way back. Be aware that the cable car only takes cash, and the dude manning it laughed at us when we didn't have cash (it started pouring rain), in hindsight fair enough it was pretty funny. Even walking down in the rain was beautiful though.
Written 9 September 2023
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Marie
Reading, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
Came on a day trip from central Tokyo. We took the cable car up to the head of the mountain where we enjoyed dinner with incredible views of the mountains and the city in the distance, definitely recommend grabbing a bite while visiting! Walking around the top of the mountain, shrines and food stalls, everyone we came across was incredibly welcoming. We visited the Mt Takao Monkey Park during which was a lovely and unique experience where staff made a lot of effort to help us and feel welcomed.
Unfortunately the chairlift was down for maintenance but would have loved to experience, maybe next time?
Written 28 February 2023
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Woolwich Andy
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Amazing to think there is such wonderful walking so close to Tokyo. We walked up in a week day and it was busy so it must be packed at the weekend. We walked up from the bottom starting on trail 1 which is basically a road which vehicles can drive up and down. We branched off to another trail and came back down on one of the other less well used trails. Given the amount of walkers the trails are very well marked and in place they have built wooden stairs as it’s so steep and they need to protect the path.

The walks are for all ages although you would need a certain level of fitness or determination. There is a cable car which goes over half way plus it’s an easier walk from there.

At the top are restaurants so you can get a drink and something to eat.

Views are amazing as you would expect so well worth a visit.
Written 12 January 2023
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Scott W
Glen Iris, Australia763 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Hiked up Mt Takao today. Was about 20% of the way up Trail 1 when I began to regret not taking the chairlift (or cable car). Trail 1 is fully paved but very steep most of the way up. Takes around hour to get to the chair lift station, and that's walking at a steady pace. Couldn't see a thing at the 599m peak because of the cloud, but still worth it to see the temples, cedars/forest and all the (thousands) of people spending a day out. Glad I didn't do it on a hot day. Coming down, suggest try Trail 4 - its not paved but well maintained and its a bit easier on your feet than pounding concrete. There's also a photo opportunity at a timber suspension bridge. You can traverse Trail 1 in runners, but suggest footwear with support and grip on Trail 4, especially it it is wet. Well worth a day trip from Tokyo.
Written 10 October 2022
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John doe
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
Need a smoking spot at the top.
Why did you tear it down?

Honestly, it used to be tucked away to the side. Now, there is 500 no smoking signs so it’s clear that management understands people want to smoke.
Written 29 March 2021
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Julene A
San Francisco, CA16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
Beautiful view of Tokyo and great hike in nature if you take the trail as we did. Was crowded on top of the mountain but a beautiful day out of the city.
Written 27 March 2021
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