Where is Mt. Takao?
Mt. Takao or Takaosan (高尾山) is located at Hachioji city in western Tokyo and the elevation is 599 meters (about 1965 feet). This popular mountain is very easy to access from central Tokyo. It also has Japan’s steepest cable car so you don’t need to climb if you’re just interested in the observation deck at half way up the mountain. Mt. Takao received 3 stars, the highest rank, from the Michelin Green Guide and is famous as the most-climbed mountain in the world that about 2.6 million people climb annually. Most popular season is autumn when autumn colors are breathtaking.
Mt. Takao has 8 hiking trails from easy trails to a bit hard ones.
As it has a cable car and chair lifts, many first time hikers try Mt. Takao!
①Trail 1- Omotesando Trail
The most popular 3.8km trail is mostly paved and includes major sightseeing spots.
②Trail 2- Kasumidai Loop Trail
A 0.9km trail to enjoy short hiking.
③Trail 3- Katsura Forest Trail
A 2.4km trail focuses on Katsura trees or Japanese Judas trees.
④Trail 4- Suspension Bridge Trail
A 1.5km trail through Mt. Takao forests.
⑤Trail 5- Summit Loop Trail
A 0.9km route at the top to relax and enjoy nature.
⑥Trail 6- Biwa Waterfall Trail
A 3.3km trail focuses on beautiful forests and water. It it the longest trail.
A 3.1km trail with forests and seasonal beauties.
A 15.3km trail from the summit of Mt. Takao to Mt. Jimba.
On one day in July, I went to Mt. Takao for hiking.
Started my journey from Shinjuku station and arrived at Takaosanguchi station at 10:00am.
Had a lot of fun even the weather was awful. Mt. Takao in Tokyo is filled with beautiful nature, culture, and food. Mt. Takao attracts many people as it requires neither time nor any professional skills. It also takes only about an hour to access from central Tokyo. If you’re looking for forests in Tokyo, Mt. Takao is a must-visit! Most recommended season is fall to enjoy autumn leaves here.