Mount Takao

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Only an hour away from downtown Tokyo, Mount Takao is one of the most popular choices for day-trippers and hikers alike. Also known as ‘Takaosan’, the mountain is designated as protected within the Meiji no Mori Takao Quasi-National Park. The lush foliage around the mountain and the national park make it a local favorite for the annual koyo or autumn leaves viewing. 



Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 193-0844 (الخريطة) (الاتجاهات)


Yakuoin Temple

Founded in 744, Yakuoin Temple is a Buddhist temple devoted to tengu. Tengu are bird-like mythical creatures said to be messengers of the gods, living on sacred mountains to protect it from evil. Two tengu statues stand guard at Yakuoin Temple, one with a long pointed nose and one with a crow’s beak. Visitors interested in shugendo or Buddhist practices are welcome to participate in asceticism, as well as try shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine) with advance reservation.

Takao Natural Zoo & Botanical Garden

As per its name, the Natural Zoo hosts 60 monkeys in their natural mountain habitat. The playful Japanese Macaques perform tricks at shows throughout various times of the day. The botanical garden is also home to a massive collection of more than 300 different species of native plants. Both facilities are included within the same entrance ticket.

Takao 599 Museum

Located at the base of the mountain, visitors can learn more about Mt. Takao at the Takao 599 museum. The free-to-enter museum aims to educate visitors on Mt. Takao’s unique ecology and inhabitants. Contrary to its traditional surroundings, the interior of the Takao 599 Museum is chic and modern.

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Takaosan Onsen

Next to the train station is Takaosan Onsen, a natural hot spring facility. With cypress baths, a sauna, outdoor rock baths and more - Takaosan Onsen is the perfect place to rest after a long day’s hike. Other than baths, the facility also offers massage services and has an in-house restaurant serving up local fare.

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