Mt. Takao Walking Tour

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Mt. Takao Hiking Tours

  • Itinerary: Visit Yakuion Temple - Pass through the Joshin Gate and Buddhist Stupa on the way to the Summit of Mt. Takao - Free Time (lunch on your own while enjoying the view from the summit) - Hike down the mountain
  • Tour starts and ends from Shinjuku Station or Takao Station
    • Time: 9:00am ~ 2:00pm
    • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)


Just a one-hour trip west from Tokyo, the sacred Mt. Takao offers a unique blend of Japanese culture and beautiful nature. The area boasts a variety of hiking courses, historic temples and an exhilarating view from the summit.
In 2007, the famous Michelin Travel Guide, named Mt. Takao a three-star winning mountain and one of the best places to discover the "real Japan". Mt. Takao, designated as a national park forest state, is covered with a natural mixed forest of old aged coniferous, beech and broad-leaved trees which remain vertically untouched from ancient times. The area is especially beautiful in autumn when the leaves turn color.



In 744, Emperor Shomu ordered Yakuo-in Temple to be built halfway up this mountain and people have worshiped at the temple for more than 1,200 years. At the mountain is a statue of a 'tengu,' a long-nosed mythical figure. Tengu is believed to be a deified image of a man who mastered the rigorous disciplinary customs associated with an ancient practice of mountain worshiping to acquire magical and spiritual powers. This statue is now a symbol of Mt. Takao-san. Between April and October, you may at times see ascetic devotees participating in a religious practice that includes standing beneath the cascading waters of the Biwa-daki or Hebi-daki Falls.



The summit 600 meters above sea level provides an exhilarating panoramic scenery of Tokyo and the surrounding Kanto mountains of Chichibu, Nikko, Tanzawa, and Mt. Fuji on a clear day. There are six well-maintained hiking courses starting from the foot of Mt. Takao-san and leading up to the summit, each with a different theme, allowing visitors to learn about the nature of Takao. You can enjoy over 500 different kinds of plants along these paths. You can also ride halfway up the mountain by cable car or lift, so that the remaining climb to the top is not so difficult. Near the cable car terminal is the Takao-san Natural Zoo and Botanical Garden, where you will be greeted by monkeys that range freely throughout the area. Hiking on Mt.Takao is an all-year-round destination; After reaching the top serious hikers can continue on to Mt. Jinba (857m) for a whole day of hiking.

Prices include the following:

  • English-Speaking Hiking Guide, Express Train Transportation from Shinjuku
  • Wild Grass Park entrance fees are not included

Tour Notes:

  • Minimum 2 persons
  • The tour involves walking up and down mountain slopes. Suitable walking clothes and shoes are recommended
  • Public transportation is used during this tour.

For more information, or to start customizing your own itinerary, Please contact us.