Takaosan 高尾山 (Mount Takao, Tokyo Prefecture)


Mount Takao (高尾山, Takaosan) is one of the closest natural recreation areas to central Tokyo, offering beautiful scenery, an interesting temple and attractive hiking opportunities. Although outside the city center, the mountain is still located within metropolitan Tokyo and takes only 50 minutes and 390 yen to reach from Shinjuku.

Getting there

Keio Railways offer the cheapest and fastest connections to Takaosan. Direct semi-limited express trains, which take about 50 minutes and 390 yen, leave the underground Keio Shinjuku station every 20 minutes. Takaosanguchi Station, the train's terminal station, is located at the foot of the mountain.

Alternatively, the JR Chuo Line connects Shinjuku to Takao Station (550 yen, about 40 minutes), where you must transfer to the Keio Line and ride one more station to Takaosanguchi Station (130 yen, 3 minutes).


Maps available in reference links below.

Route/Trail notes

There are a number of tracks, see reference links below.  Each track is clearly signed.


NIL.  Optional chair lift, cablecar and Monkey Park cost extra. 

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Took the Omotesando Trail up and the Biwa no Taki trail down. super crowded. The scenery is okay. There are plenty of other hikes in Tokyo or near Tokyo that are less crowded and have better views.
The path up on a weekend is almost like a high way. You can't really feel nature.

Andy on 8 Oct, 2022

Truly amazing. There's nature and great views to see, plus chairlifts, restaurants, temples and even a monkey park along the track. The cherry blossoms were just starting to bloom. Want to come back in Autumn to see the trees turn orange. I did Track 1 (the longest) which is fairly easy. On a clear day you can see Mt Fuji from the submit.

rob.bushman on 27 Feb, 2015


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