Since I am living in Tokyo for over 10 years, I am proud of myself as Tokyo Trip Expert. Here, I will tell you everything I know about how travelers from all over the world can amazingly enjoy the journey with all reasonable hotels, tasty food choices, and amazing spots including my secret recommends with travel tips in this biggest metropolitan city in the world. For Tokyo trip, I believe 4 days stay should be minimum, and if you prefer including staying hot spring spots close to Tokyo, around one week would be ideal to maximize your all fantastic experience in this trip.

For Vol.8, I’ll tell you about the other my favorite day-trip plan in Tokyo. It’s about Mount Takao. You can enjoy short trekking and Onsen there.

Mount Takao

From Wikipedia – Mount Takao (高尾山 Takao-san) is a mountain in the city of Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan. It is protected within Meiji no Mori Takao Quasi-National Park. Standing 599 metres (1,965 ft) tall and located within an hour of downtown Tokyo, it is a popular hiking spot, with eight hiking courses and more than 2.5 million annual visitors. The Tama Forest Science Garden is also located at the mountain’s base. Mount Takao is closely associated with the Shinto-Buddhist tengu, minor kami from Japanese folklore, and the daitengu Naigubu. The mountain is also renowned for Shugendō, the mountain asceticism focusing on strict discipline. A Buddhist temple, Takaosan Yakuōin Yūkiji, is located on the mountain, and attracts many visitors who pray to the tengu for good fortune. The temple belongs to the Shingon Buddhist sect.

This is the view from the top. You can see Mt.Fuji from the top. This is amazing! And on the way back to base, you can see unique and beautiful Buddhism art in Yakuoin. The best season will be as same as Lake Okutama – Spring and Fall.

Spring View on the top of Mount Takao

Autumn View on the top of Mount Takao

You can check the information of Yakuou-in here.

Trekking Rout

We have 7 trekking rout in total to climb up to the top. Each has different difficulty and time up to the top. I’ll tell you the detail here, so, please use these for your plan.

No.1 – Omotesando Rout

Difficulty – Middle. 3.8km. It will take 1.5 hours. The roads are well-maitained and they have lots of rest spots and toilet, thus, you don’t have to bring trekking items for this rout.

No.2 – Kasumidai Rout

Difficulty – Low. 900m. It will take 40min. No toilet. This is actually loop rout, so does not go to the top.

No.3 – Ktsurabayashi Rout

Difficulty – Middle. 2km. It will take 1 hour and 10min. No toilet.

No.4 – Tsuribashi Rout

Difficulty – Middle. 2.5km. It will take 1 hour and 30min. No toilet.

No.5 – Loop Rout on the top

Difficulty – Low. 900m. It will take 30min. No toilet.

No.6 – Biwataki Rout

Difficulty – High. 3.3km It will take 1 hour and 30min. 2 toilets. You can see beautiful water fall on the middle of the rout. I usually take this rout.

No.7 – Inariyama Rout

Difficulty- High. 3.1km. It will take 1 hour and 30min. No toilets. This rout has amazing forest nature in Mount Takao. I also usually take this rout.

And, when you get back to base, I highly recommend to use the lift because it’s easier and you can enjoy the view.

Onsen – Gokurakuyu

Once I get back to base, my favorite thing to do is to enjoy Onsen near the station. It’s pretty big Onsen spot and you can have dinner there. You can check the time table of the train inside, so, you don’t miss your last train. This is really nice!

Transportation

As same as Okutama, you have 2 options to get to Mount Takao. One is train. It will take 1 hour and 30min from Hamamatsucho Station. The other is renting a car. It usually take 1 hour. I often use to visit here by Train because the starting point for trekking and Onsen spot both are close to Keio Line Takaosanguchi Station. Here is Google Map Link.

This is all about Mount Takao. Also, about my hotel recommendations in Tokyo, here is the link.

Tokyo Trip Vol.1 – Why you should stay in Hamamatsucho

For Vol.9, I’ll tell you about my special food spots in Tokyo. If you are foodie, you must love it 🙂

Tokyo Trip Vol.9 – My Best 10 VFM Restaurants in Tokyo