Takaosan Yakuoin Temple 高尾山薬王院

Takao-san Yakuo-in Temple
Takao-san Yakuo-in Temple

A mountaintop temple providing respite for weary travelers and clarity for spiritual seekers

Takaosan Yakuoin Temple was built in 744 and later restored in the 14th century. It is known for both the Buddhist practice of shugendo or mountain asceticism, as well as its devotion to tengu, a mythical figure in Shinto belief believed to be messengers of the gods.

Quick Facts

Yakuoin welcomes guests interested in shugendo, and offers guidance to first-timers

You can also try shojin ryori—Buddhist vegetarian cuisine upon reservation

There's a sign near the entrance of the temple that says "sessho kindan" or "no killing"

How to Get There

Takaosan Yakuoin Temple is located near the summit of Mt. Takao . It's a 20-minute walk from either the cable car or the lift.

To get to Mt. Takao , ride the Keio Line semi-limited express train from Shinjuku Station and get off at Takaosanguchi Station.

Majestic nature

With Mt. Takao as its backdrop, Yakuoin is loved for its stunning architecture and brilliant kaleidoscope of colors.

Anyone can practice shugendo or mountain asceticism

Different forms of asceticism are practiced at Yakuo-in, and you don't have to be a monk to participate. Guests can join firewalking as well as meditation sessions under a waterfall, known as takigyo. Typically, those pursuing asceticism wish to gain clarity of mind and focus on their goals.

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