Mount Takao is in Hachioji City on the edge of the mountains of the southeastern Kanto region, about 50 kilometers from the center of Tokyo. This convenient location lets visitors enjoy refreshing natural surroundings and many other attractions in a single day trip. In recognition of their magnificent beauty, Michelin's Le Guide Vert Japon, the famous French travel guidebook, has awarded Mt. Takao and Mt. Fuji its maximum rating of three stars for several years running.
A network of numbered hiking trails lead up the slopes of Takaosan. The majority of visitors use trail number 1, which is broad, mostly paved and passes all of the major sites as it winds its way to the top of the 599 meter high summit. The other trails are narrower, unpaved and see significantly less traffic. The hike to the top of Mount Takao along trail number 1 takes about 90 minutes from the base of the mountain, but that time can be cut in half by utilizing the cablecar or chair lift that lead halfway up the mountain.
Visitors can climb Mt. Takao by cable car or lift to approximately 400 meters, or about halfway up the mountain. They can also climb to the top along one of several trails, each of which takes about 90 minutes.Mt Takao is perfect for a quick hike if you're near Tokyo. I usually go early in the morning as this places gets as busy as Disneyland if you try to go later than 11am. There are many trails you can take, but my favorite is the long one. You can also stop by the restaurant on the summit to enjoy traditional Japanese food. Pretty refreshing! In my opinion, one of the best places to hike near Tokyo! Fairly easy to access from the center of the city. It's a little cooler in the mountains, so great for anyone wanting to escape the really hot city during July or August.
This hike actually reminds me of a few mountains I hiked when I visited the US: https://bootbomb.com/info/hiking-trails/top-50-long-distance-hiking-trails-usa/
Mt. Takao - Go Hiking!!
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