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Mt. Takao, Hachioji

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Reaching a height of 599 m (1965 ft) and boasting scenic hiking trails, Mt. Takao remains a popular day trip from Tokyo, being only 50 km (31 miles) from the city center. Choose from several trails that lead from the base of the mountain to the top, or take the funicular train halfway up to ease the arduous climb. Enjoy the fresh air and variety of wildlife on your trek to the summit, which offers views of Tokyo, and even Mount Fuji on a clear day. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Mt. Takao by using our Hachioji online vacation builder.
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  • Hiked up Mt Takao today. Was about 20% of the way up Trail 1 when I began to regret not taking the chairlift (or cable car). Trail 1 is fully paved but very steep most of the way up. Takes around.....  more
    Hiked up Mt Takao today. Was about 20% of the way up Trail 1 when I began to regret not taking the chairlift (or cable car). Trail 1 is fully paved but very steep most of the way up. Takes around.....  more »
  • Need a smoking spot at the top. Why did you tear it down? Honestly, it used to be tucked away to the side. Now, there is 500 no smoking signs so it’s clear that management understands people want... 
    Need a smoking spot at the top. Why did you tear it down? Honestly, it used to be tucked away to the side. Now, there is 500 no smoking signs so it’s clear that management understands people want...  more »
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  • We went for a casual hike to Takao-san. Super easy to get to via the Keio line from Shinjuku station. Make sure to grab the special/limited express train to get to Takaosanguchi station a little faster. After that it's a short (but super crowded) walk, starting at the right of the station, and up to the cable car station at the base of the mountain. We went up the Inariyama trail which starts to the left of the cable car station entrance. A little steep here and there but a very enjoyable walk up. The summit was very crowded and views were so-so, would advise taking a quick look and then spending more time on the trails. We took the Summit loop (trail 5) around the top and descended via Suspension bridge trail (trail 4), did the Kasumidai loop (trail 2) and then switched to Biwa waterfall (trail 6) for the rest of the way down. These trails avoid the crowds on trails 1 (Omotesando) and 3 (Katsura forest), and are really enjoyable to walk. Going much earlier in the morning is the best way to avoid crowds but there are certainly ways to minimize it by taking some of the 'harder' or 'steeper' routes which shouldn't be a challenge for most people at an average fitness level. Would recommend outdoor/hiking shoes, sneakers are fine as long as you don't mind them getting dirty. At the cable car station at the foot of the mountain, there are a lot of Japanese food stalls, worth trying and to support the local economy. With a nice clean park nearby, it's worth enjoying a small bite to eat and a local beer after a nice day out on the trails.
  • I hiked trail 1 at Mt. Takao, with my wife and daughter yesterday. We reserved a parking spot at a lot about 20 minute walk from Takaosanguchi station, but when we got to the area, we found an open spot at a lot right next to the station, so we took it. The wasted money was worth it, to avoid schlepping it up and back to a far away lot. We started out mid morning, and went up route 1 in good weather. Route 1 is fairly steep for the first couple of km, but it's paved pretty much the whole way, with either slope or stairs, and one section with a kind of wooden deck. It's very different from a typical single-track trail with mud or rocks. It felt more like a sightseeing walk through a beautiful forest, than a typical hike. There are plenty of places to rest with benches or shops, and you can get some delicious food along the way or use the toilet. You can tell why route 1 is so popular in November, because of all the "momiji" maple trees along the route, interspersed with giant cedar trees, including the famous old "takosugi" or octopus cedar. It was still green in Sept. My understanding is, the other trails are more trail-like, like trail 3, the Katsura Woods trail, trail 4, the suspension bridge trail, or trail 6, the Biwa Waterfall trail. We'll try one of those next time. Only trails 1 and 6 have toilets. We decided to use the cable car down the last section, and it's very steep and scenic. After that we had lunch at one of the soba places near the station, then dropped our stuff off at the car and went for a soak in the onsen on the other side of the train tracks. It was really crowded, but a nice way to work out some of the kinks after our hike. All in all, an enjoyable day suitable for beginners.

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