Spend a day at the most climbed mountain in Japan, Mt. Takao. It takes only 60 min.by train from Shinjuku station and wonderful nature is waiting for you. There are various routes to the summit for hikers and a cable car/chair lift for non-hikers.Not only a beautiful nature Mt. Takao offers you, but also there is an impressive Yakuoin temple, delicious Takao soba buckwheat noodles, and sweets
What to Expect
You can enjoy both beautiful nature as well as historical Yakuoin temple.
Even if you use the cable car/chairlift to the half top, you will still get to see a wonderful view of the city and its surrounding mountains. If you are a keen hiker, you will enjoy a trail with fresh green along the stream to the summit. The time and distance of hiking will be discussed between you and me before the tour. The shortest route from the bottom to the summit takes about 90mins. The longest route is the traverse in Jinba and Takao, takes about 8 hours.
Yakuo-in temple is unique as it's guarded by Tengu, demon-like creatures with a long, pointy nose or a crow's beak. (photogenic too!) Impressive statues and funny souven of Tengu can be found throughout the temple. Learning about the history of Yakuo-in, and interesting facts about Japanese buddhism is another attraction of this tour.
If you like Japanese gardens, I can take you to my secret garden to finish our tour.
The earliest I can meet at Takaosanguchi station on Keio Line is 7am. Night view from Takao is beautiful so starting in the afternoon is also fine.
I would like to be fully prepared for my tour, so early booking would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
(1) Hiking shoes/Sneaker
Hiking or trekking shoes are the best, but proper sneakers are acceptable. (No town sneakers such as converse)
(2) Hat and other UV protection items
Although it's a little cooler and fresher than central Tokyo, Mt. Takao gets hotter during summer. I strongly recommend to bring a hat, sun screen cream, sunglasses, and small towel.
(3) Food and Drink
There are shops, restaurants, and vending machines selling food and drinks (including beer and sake) at the bottom of the mountain, halfway up to the summit, and at the summit.
Mainly Japanese food such as Soba (Buckwheat noodle) is served at restaurants at the summit but some western style food such as hotdogs and french fries are sold halfway up to the summit.
There are outside tables and chairs available to use so you can bring your own food too.
Please make sure to have a bottle of water to avoid dehydration during hiking.
Advisable to take a backpack/rucksack rather than a shoulder bag/hand bag.
(5) Folding umbrella/rain coat
Taking a folding umbrella/rain coat would be a good idea in case of shower.
(6) Changing of clothes
There is a lovely hot spring "Onsen" right next to Keio Takaosanguchi station. Please bring extra clothes and toiletries if you wish to go after the tour.
guide fee, lunch and drink for the guide
What‘s not included
Transportation fee to Keio Takaosanguchi station (You and Guide when meeting a place other than Keio Takasanguchi station)
Cable car/chair lift fee when used (You and Guide)
Lunch and drink (You)
Admission Fee for Monkey Park if we go (You and Guide)
At Keio Takaosanguchi Station
At Keio Takaosangchi Station
08:00 AM ( recommended ) Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people Flexible