Mount Takao (高尾山, Takaosan), standing at 599m tall, is one of the closest mountains to hike to central Tokyo, offering beautiful scenery, an interesting temple and a variety of diffefrent routes. Mount Takao has been a sacred site for over 1,000 years and mountain ascetics called yamabushi would train here, in practices such as waterfall asceticism and sutra reading. There are sights at the base and along the way to the summit, including a Buddhist temple, as well as views of Tokyo to admire. Considered a sacred mountain, Takaosan has been a center of mountain worship for more than 1000 years. Yakuoin, an attractive temple, stands along the trail near the mountain's summit, and many visitors stop there to pray to Shinto-Buddhist mountain gods (tengu) for good fortune. Statues of the gods, one with a long nose and one with a crow beak, can be found at the temple and also other spots around the mountain. Mount Takao has a ropeway that takes you most of the way up. It’s located in the Tama region at the western edge of Tokyo, about an hour by train from Shinjuku Station.
- Train tickets: round trip train tickets from Shinjuku ~ Mt Takao ~ Shinjuku
- Dedicated trip leader who can speak English and Japanese.
- One way lift or cable car on the mountain.
- Accident insurance
- 10% sales tax