Easily accessible from Shinjuku! Mount Takao (Takaosan), Enjoy the Nature in Tokyo!

21.February.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

How about spending some time in the nature? Takaosan is one of the closest natural recreation areas in Tokyo, and it is only about 50 minutes away from Shinjuku station.

 

AccsessKeio Railways offer the cheapest and fastest connections to Mount Takao. Takaosanguchi Station, the train’s terminal station, is located at the foot of the mountain.

https://www.keio.co.jp/english/sightseeing/takao.html

 

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Takaosan is considered a sacred mountain, and has been a center of mountain worship for more than 1000 years. There are several temples and you will have the chance to view monks going through ascetic trainings at Biwa Waterfall.

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Takaosan is 599m high and there are 6 different trails you can hike to the summit. It takes about 90 minutes to hike from the base of the mountain to the top. You are able to utilize cable cars and chair lifts that lead halfway up the mountain.

My friends and I decided to take the 6th trail, which is considered to be one of the roughest trails because it has stepping stones and runs along the stream.

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After hiking about 5 minutes, you’ll see several stone Buddhist images wearing a red hat called a Senshin Shichifukujin.

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Then you’ll see Biwataki waterfall which requires you to take the left trail branch at the intersection.

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After viewing the waterfall, you will enter a slippery narrow trail. It started snowing on the day we hiked so it was even more slippery. Make sure to wear shoes with good trends.

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There is a resting place near Daisanbashi Bridge after the narrow trail. Here my friends and I ate some chocolate and granola bars and drank some water. It’s very important to keep yourselves hydrated.

After hiking for about 40 minutes the trail ascended the valley. Then there are stepping stones at intervals. It started snowing harder here and the view was beautiful.

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After the stepping stones, the trail gets gentle until you reach the stairs. Many people took a rest in this area because there are more than 100 steps.

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After the steps, you will reach a wide open road and after hiking for another 10 to 15 minutes you will get to the top!

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At the top there is a mini soba and udon restaurant where you can rest and eat.

 

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My friends and I were going to cancel our trip due to the snow, but we were actually glad we went because the view was spectacular. You can always climb the Takaosan on a sunny day, but you won’t have that many chances to see the snow covered Takaosan!

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■Writer:Jessica Poluhowich

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