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Mt. Takao

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Mt. Takao

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Tokyo
  Hachioji
Nature Parks
  Mountains

Mount Takao (高尾山) is a 600 metre high mountain located in Hachioji, Tokyo and is said to be one of 100 best landscapes in Japan. The Michelin Guide also rates it as a three star attraction; their highest ranking. It is the most popular mountain in Tokyo, so although the mountain is a long way to the west, there's still convenient public transportation making it very easy to visit for hiking. On the top of mountain, there is a twelve hundred year old temple and you can enjoy great views of Mount Fuji on a clear day. There are seven hiking routes to climb this mountain, and cable car is also available if you're not feeling that energetic. Mount Takao is a great mountain for a one day hike with easy access from Tokyo.

Tourist Info.
There are parking space, shops and restaurants.

Access
0. at Shinjuku Station
1. Use Keio Line to Takaosanguchi (50 min.)

Access to Hachioji Area

Terminal Station: Hachioji Station.

Access to Hachioji from Tokyo.

By Train.
Use JR Chuo Line or Keio Line

By Car.
Use Chuo Expressway to Hachioji.


MLJ Online Shop

Map around Mt. Takao


Takaosan Fire-walking Monks


Takao Bairin promenade


Takao Baigo


Takao Komagino garden


The ruins of Kobotoke Sekisho


Hachioji Castle

Detailed Travel Guide

Mt. Takao

Mount Takao, located within the municipality of Hachioji City, Tokyo. Because it is very close from Tokyo down town, visitors can enjoy its natural beauty and the many other attractions all in a day’s trip. In recognition of its magnificent beauty, the 2007 edition of Michelin’s Voyager Pratique Japon, the famous French travel guidebook, awarded Mt. Takao and Mt. Fuji the maximum of three stars.

Visitors can climb Mt. Takao by taking a cable car or lift to a point 400 m up - halfway up the mountain. There are six trails on Mt. Takao designated as nature study courses. From a vantage point further up near the mountain’s summit, you can also see the Tanzawa Mountains to the south. On a fine day even Mt. Fuji is clearly visible from here, and in winter, when the air is clear, you can also get a distant view of the Japanese Alps.

Mt. Takao is endowed with a rich and varied natural environment, where trees belonging to the temperate and sub-tropical regions flank majestic cedars hundreds of years old. In 1967, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration, Mt. Takao was named the Meiji Memorial Forest Takao, and became the eastern starting point of the Tokai Nature Trail that connects Mt. Takao with the Mino Quasi-national Park in Osaka. Make sure you visit Mt. Takao at least once and enjoy all it has to offer.

Trail 1 (Omotesando Trail)
  restroom: 3
  reststop: 4
  length: 3.8Km

Trail 2 (Kasumidai Loop Trail)
  restroom: 1
  reststop: 1
  length: 900m

Trail 3 (Japanese Judas Tree Trail)
  restroom: None
  reststop: None
  length: 2.4km

Trail 4 (Suspension Bridge Trail)
  restroom: None
  reststop: None
  length: 1.5km

Trail 5 (Mt. Takao Peak Loop Trail)
  restroom: 1
  reststop: 1
  length: 900m

Trail 6 (Biwa Waterfall Trail)
  restroom: None
  reststop: None
  length: 3.3km

Inariyama Trail (Panoramic Ridge Trail)
  restroom: 1
  reststop: 1
  length: 3.1km

Mount Takao / Mt. Jimba Trail
  restroom: 8
  reststop: 6
  length: 18.5km


Despite the mountain's proximity to the metropolis of Tokyo, Mount Takao is rich in wildlife, with more than 1,200 species of plants and a wide variety of native animals and insects. This diversity is currently under threat from the construction of the Ken-O Expressway, which will involve the drilling of two 10 m tunnels through the heart of the mountain.

(Wikipedia)



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