Mount Takao is among the natural recreation areas that are closest to central Tokyo, offering wonderful scene, an intriguing temple and trekking opportunities that are appealing. The mountain continues to be found within urban Tokyo although outside the city center and takes 390 yen and only 50 minutes to reach from Shinjuku. A network of hiking trails that are numbered lead up the inclines of Takaosan. Most visitors use trail as it winds its way to the top of the 599 metre high peak number 1, which can be wide, largely paved and passes every one of the important sites.
The other paths are more narrow, unpaved and see considerably less traffic. The hike to the crest of Mount Takao on trail number 1 requires about 90 minutes from the foundation of the mountain, with the use of the cablecar or chair lift that lead midway up the mountain, but that time can be cut in half. While the peak offers views of Mount Fuji on a clear days, near the top station of the cablecar, there’s an observation deck from where one can look out over Tokyo. An even bigger network of hiking paths can be discovered beyond the peak of Takaosan which links to the many tops of the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park that was nearby.
Takaosan continues to be a centre of mountain worship for more than one thousand years. An appealing temple, Yakuoin, stands along the trail near the peak of the mountain, and several visitors stop there to pray for good fortune to Shinto Buddhism mountain gods. Statues of the gods, one with a crow beak and one with an extended nose, can be located at the temple as well as other areas around the mountain. Another draw along trail number 1 is a monkey park. The glass walled enclosure of the park is home to about forty Japanese macaques that put on shows at numerous times through the day.
A wild flower garden with 500 distinct kinds of plants can be part of the monkey park and may be seen with the same admission ticket. Around the foundation of the mountain behind the railway station, visitors will find a hot spring bath house which offers many different sex segregated bathrooms, the Keio Takaosan Onsen Gokurakuyu. There’s also a nature museum about the ecology encompassing Mount Takao, the Takao 599 Museum. Takaosanguchi Station was renovated in 2015 and functions paneled passages designed by famous architect Kuma Kengo and a lovely lumber canopy.
Because of its closeness to central Tokyo, Takaosan may get quite crowded on weekends. It’s particularly active throughout the second 50% of Nov, when the isolated fall colours of the mountain cause it to become one among Tokyo most widely used koyo areas. Therefore, you’re well advised to visit Takaosan throughout the week if you wish to find a break not only from the bunches of Tokyo, but additionally the concrete. Mount Takao is additionally a good spot to see cherry flowers several weeks after those in central Tokyo. There are several trees around the base, paths and peak of the mountain, but the greatest place for cherry flowers is the Itchodaira region, which lies an added half a hour hike beyond the peak.
In addition known as the Takaosan Senbonzakura, the place is full of numerous varieties of trees which are usually best seen in mid to late Apr and are worth a visit if you missed the primary season around the city.