Enjoy a Refreshing Guided Hike Up Mt. Takao

Overview

Climb Mt. Takao, one of the world's most-visited mountains! Just an hour from central Tokyo, Mt. Takao offers scenic views. On this hike, you'll also learn about Japanese culture and visit a temple with statues of mythical beings called ‘tengu.’

Highlights

  • Enjoy a refreshing guided hike up Mt. Takao — even beginners can reach the 599 m summit
  • Admire scenic views and abundant greenery on Tokyo’s famous mountain
  • Find out why Mt. Takao is the most visited mountain in the world
  • Visit the temple of Yakuo-in and see statues of mythical long-nosed beings called ‘tengu’
  • Learn about Mt. Takao and the temple’s association with tengu

Key Information

Important Information

• Even on a warm day, it might be chilly at the summit, so please bring a jacket • For pickup and drop-off, transportation expenses are not included; your guide will accompany you as you take the train to and from Takaosanguchi Station, but please pay for transportation yourself • Insurance is not provided. We are not liable for any injuries or illnesses that will occur during the tour Activity Rules - This tour requires at least 2 participants; if we don't reach the minimum, we will inform you to refund or reschedule - Participants must be aged 12 or above, and fit for about 5 hours of walking

Description

Mt. Takao is a popular destination that attracts 3 million people each year. Just an hour from the bustling center of Tokyo, Mt. Takao is perfect for day-trippers wanting an easy hike with scenic views, without leaving the metropolis. On a clear day you might even see Mt. Fuji! Meet the guide at your Tokyo hotel, then head to Takaosanguchi Station together by train. You’ll start on the main trail to Mt. Takao’s peak. It’s a fairly easy climb, the well-paved Trail 1 being perfect for beginners — and thriving with beautiful nature! You’ll learn from your guide about the lore of Mt. Takao, held sacred since ancient times, and get a glimpse into Japanese culture. The mountain is said to be inhabited by long-nosed goblins called ‘tengu,’ and you’ll see many depictions of them at your first stop, Yakuo-in. Near Mt. Takao’s summit, this Shingon Buddhist temple established in 744 has many tengu statues to see. After the temple you’ll have time to shop for lucky charms, snacks, and souvenirs. You’ll then continue up to the summit. There you’ll enjoy the sky-high view, take some great photos, and rest a while. Then, hike back down via Trail 6, with breaks along the way. Back at the mountain’s base is your chance for lunch: you can dine at a soba noodle shop, or you can simply buy food at a convenience store. Of course, the choice is yours, so discuss with your guide in case you prefer a third option, or you can even skip the lunch break and press on straight on the endpoint. Not only a sacred site, but also a beautiful spot that offers natural scenery, Mt. Takao is the best place for a refreshing hike near the city!

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