Hike this mystical mountain and be rewarded with a view of Mt. Fuji
Mt. Takao is the most popular climbing spot in the Kanto area, located about 50 kilometers west of the city center. It is a wonderful mountain, designated as Michelin three star spot along with Mt. Fuji in 2007, and it’s a national park where you can leisurely enjoy mountain hiking even on a day trip. The mountain has been especially important to Japanese since 744, when Emperor Shomu commanded the creation of Yakushiji, a famous temple, and thereby encouraged followers to come to the mountain. Known as one of Tokyo's best outlooks, the view from the observation deck is of a big panorama overlooking the Kanto Plain, with skyscrapers in the distance. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city for a rejuvinating day where you'll connect with nature in a spiritual setting.
1) Meet guide at Keio Takaosanguchi Station (9:00)
2) Takao 599 Museum (9:05-9:30)
At 599m tall, Mt. Takao isn't particularly tall, however it is filled with abundant flora and fauna and covered in hiking trails, both accessible concreted trails and wild dirt tracks far off the beaten path. First you will walk to the Takao 599 Museum where you can learn about the plants and animals that inhabit this mountain. Watch a beautiful 3D lightup showing the four seasons of Takao, and feel free to ask your guide any questions you may have.
2) Hike Mt. Takao (9:30-13:30)
After the museum, you will then begin your ascent of Mt. Takao. The trails range in difficulty from easy to serious hiker so let your guide know what you prefer. On the way up, the guide will offer explanations of the wildlife you encounter, the views and the Budhhist and Shinto shrines and statues you'll see along the way. At any point along the trail you can stop for a breather, or to have a snack and a drink.
3) Yakuo-in Temple (11:00)
Mt. Takao is considered a sacred mountain and has been a place of worship for over 1000 years. On the way up the mountain you'll pass through the Yakuo-in Temple where you can pray to Shinto-Buddhist mountain gods (tengu) for good fortune.
4) Lunch (11:30)
After reaching the summit of the mountain, you can have lunch at your choice of restaurant. There are several shops selling typical Japanese fare such as soba or curry rice, while the temple has a Buddhist meal set on offer (vegan friendly) if you want something more special.
5) Takaosan Onsen (13:30-14:30)
Descend the mountain either on foot or by cable car or chairlift (the chairlift has no safety bar so be prepared to hold on tightly!). Then ease your tired muscles in a relaxing hot spring. Experience seasonal pools such as the pink "sakura bath", as well as several outdoor hot pools. If you have time after the onsen, the guide will show you around the town. You can see all the nostalgic old shops and hidden temples.
・Enjoy views of Mt. Fuji from the top of Mt. Takao
・Revel in the seasonal beautify of Mt. Takao and the surrounding area
・Relax after your climb in the soothing waters of an onsen (hot spring)
・Learn about the mountain’s plant life at “TAKAO 599 MUSEUM”
・Learn about the mountain’s natural beauty and history from a local guide.
・Please wear suitable clothes and footwear.
・The tour has you walk both up and down the mountain, with a chair lift or cable car ride at the end. However, if you wish to ride the cable car or chair lift both ways, you will be responsible for your own fare and that of the guide as well. The one-way fare for either mode of transportation is ¥480 for adults and ¥240 for children.
・The guide will instruct you on how to use the hot springs.
・In cases of bad weather, the tour may have to be canceled as late as the day of the tour.
・Hotel pickup and drop off is available within Tokyo for an additional ¥10,000 per group. This includes the train fare.
|Price||¥11,000 per adult
¥18,000 for 1 person (private tour)
|Hours of availability||
Start time：9:00 am
・Hotel pick up & drop off
Keio Takaosanguchi Station exit gates
Great day trip
If you want to get out of Tokyo for the day, this is definitely a great option. The scenery & views are fabulous. The route we took down the mountain was quite strenuous so lovely to relax in the onsen afterwards!!. The museum was small but certainly worth a visit. If you want to eat before you head back to Tokyo, do it earlier as many restaurants closed around 6pm.
Rie was a fantastic guide and is highly recommended!
I thought that this tour was an excellent way to learn more about Tokyo while also having the opportunity to get some hiking done as well.
An enjoyable tour at Mt Takao
I had a good time with my guide and I learned a lot of things I will definitely not discover on my own. We also had a lot of interesting conversations on our way. The hot spring at the end of the tour is also great!
Wonderful day on the mountain
We were fortunate to have wonderful weather for our trip- 17C in December! The skies were blue, and there was still a lot of the beautiful autumn foliage that mount Takao is so famed for. The views were breathtaking, and we were able to see Mount Fuji clearly! Our guide, Tatsu, was friendly and knowledgeable. His grasp of English was excellent, and his ability to tell us about the history of the mountain was very good. He took us to a lovely spot for lunch, and then down the mountain for a very special onsen experience (although perhaps not for the overly modest amongst us!) A note about the chair lift- unlike European chair lifts, there were no restraints or safety belts of any sort- somewhat frightening if travelling with a young child!