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Course: Start from Shinjuku >> Arrive at Takaosanguchi- Hiking - >> Takao no Yu "Furoppy" (hot springs spa) >> Start from Takao >> Arrive at Shinjuku

09:00 地図上の1 Start from Shinjuku

10:00 地図上の2 Arrive at Takaosanguchi- Hiking -


Takaosan cable car

 

Choose from a variety of different trails to reach the summit within 90 minutes and other trails where you can enjoy hiking all day surrounded by abundant nature!

Mt. Takao is a 599-meter high mountain located in western Tokyo. The entire mountain functions as a training place for mountain asceticism and has become more and more popular among people as a spiritual spot. Although it is about only one hour from the center of Tokyo, this area is surrounded by nature with excellent opportunities for hiking. In fact, Mt. Takao was awarded three stars by the Michelin Voyage

Pratique Japon in 2007. You can choose trails depending on your physical strength and how much of the mountain you hope to enjoy. From the foot of the mountain to the top takes only about 90 minutes whichever path you take.

Recommended Trails

1. Trail 1 (Omotesando Course) 

Yakuo-inIf this is your first time to climb Mt. Takao, Trail 1 is a good choice. Part of the trail to Yakuo-in Temple is paved and the walking is easy. There you will find Monkey Park with 50 free-range monkeys and the Wild Plant Garden. The trail splits into two - the steeper Otokozaka (male slope) with 108 stone steps and the gentle Onnazaka (female slope) - but later the two paths come together again. Yakuo-in is home to the traditional ascetic training for yamabushi (mountain priests) and also to the numerous folk stories of long-nosed tengu goblins. In the precincts, a large tengu statue and a small tengu statue faces each other.

Yakuo-in

2. Trail 6 (Biwa Taki Course)

This trail is particularly pleasant in summer because it follows along a mountain stream almost to the top. Along the way, "Biwa Taki" (Biwa Waterfall) is the spot where you can receive training on how to purify yourself under the falls. Instructions are available for beginners but the training is by advance reservation only. Walk along the stream under the dense forest of cedar trees, climb the 200 log steps and, just around the corner, is the summit.

3. Inariyama Trail (Miharashi One Course)

observation deckThis trail to the top follows a ridge different from the main ridge of Mt. Takao. It is popular for nice views but be careful because this trail may be slippery. Be sure to wear good walking shoes.

When you reach the summit, relax and have a bite in the restaurant or just rest while taking in the splendid views from the observation deck at the back. There's a great view of Mt. Fuji on clear days. Mt. Takao also has nature trails where you can learn about the local nature depending on the season.

 observation deck

 When you go back down the mountain, why not have a local specialty to satisfy the appetite you've worked up hiking? The abundant spring water of Mt. Takao has been creating delicious soba buckwheat noodle since the olden days.

*Trail 4 is closed due to a suspension bridge broken by heavy snowfall last March.


 By free shuttle bus from Takao Station and Takaosanguchi Station

14:00 地図上の3 Takao no Yu "Furoppy" (hot springs spa)

Takao no Yu Furoppy spa

Takao no Yu Furoppy spa

Relieve your tired muscles at an onsen (hot springs spa)

Takao no Yu “Furoppy” spa has 11 types of baths and is a great place to revive a tired body. Among the

selection of baths, “Takao no Yu,” an open-air bath made of rock filled with natural spring water from a nearby springs, is delightful. The mineral-rich water and aroma of the onsen are sure to relax both your body and your soul.

 By free shuttle bus to Takao Station or Hachioji Station

16:00 地図上の4 Start from Takao

 45 minutes from Takao Station to Shinjuku Station by Keio Line

17:00 地図上の5 Arrive at Shinjuku

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OTHER RECOMMENDED HIKING PLACES

Mt. Mitake

Shinjuku - (about 90 minutes by JR Chuo Line) - JR Mitake Station - (10 minutes by Nishitokyo Bus) - Takimoto - (6 minutes by cable car) - Mitakesan Station

Hiking in the beautiful mountainous area of Okutama is also recommended.

http://www.mitaketozan.co.jp/( External link )

Nature Spots in Central Tokyo

  • Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden (JR Shinjuku Station) : An oasis found in the center of the city. There are different types of gardens and various flowers are in bloom throughout the year.
  • Meiji Jingu Shrine (Harajuku Station on JR Yamanote Line) : This shrine is surrounded by trees and has a solemn atmosphere.
  • Yoyogi Park(Harajuku Station on JR Yamanote Line) : A huge park in which to enjoy music, dancing, cycling, strolling and many other activities you may want to do in a park of this size.

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