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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Nature

Mt Takao 高尾山

Popular hiking spot offers a wide range of activities

Less than an hour's train ride from central Tokyo, Mt. Takao, or Takao-san as it is known in Japanese, is a well-loved hiking destination and antidote to the city. Whether you want to do some serious trekking or just take in the sights, Mt. Takao is the place to do it.

Don't Miss

  • Viewing the greater Tokyo plain from the mountain summit
  • The monkey park with its Japanese macaques
  • Yakuoin Temple

How to Get There

Mt. Takao is around a 55-minute train ride from central Tokyo.

From Shinjuku Station, take the semi-limited express train bound for Takaosanguchi on the Keio Line. Get off at Takaosanguchi Station.

JR Rail Pass holders are advised to ride the JR Chuo Line to Takao Station before transferring to the Keio Line for Takaosanguchi Station.

Multiple hiking trails

With a cable car to take passengers part way up the mountain and various trails to choose from, hiking Mt. Takao can range from easy to slightly challenging. A popular destination for hikers of all abilities and ages, each course features a different theme that highlights the mountain's numerous sights. Most courses take around 90 minutes or longer to complete, making a visit to the mountain an easy day trip.

Trail No. 1 is the most popular choice and introduces you to the nature and history of Mt. Takao. Trail No. 4 takes you to a suspension bridge, while Trail No. 6 takes you past the Biwa Waterfall, where monks train.

The various trails meet at the summit, making it easy to enjoy more than one trail.

For adventurous hikers, or if you've more time to spare, consider exploring the network of hiking trails connecting Mt. Takao to nearby Chichibu-Tama National Park.

Takao-san Natural Zoo and Botanical Garden

Shortly after the lower observation deck on Trail No. 1, you'll find the monkey park. Witness Japanese macaques in their natural habitat; shows featuring the monkeys performing stunts are scheduled throughout the day.

A wildflower garden showcasing native species is located within the same complex. The garden was established to preserve these flowering plants in surroundings providing gorgeous views for visitors.

Mythical mountain temple

The colorful and atmospheric Yakuo-in temple stands near Mt. Takao's summit. With links to esoteric Buddhism, it was founded in the 8th century, although the current main structure dates from 1648. Yakuo-in is unusual in that it honors tengu, mythical mountain-dwelling creatures often depicted as having long noses and wings. Tengu are believed to be the messengers of the gods and bringers of good fortune.

Takao 599 Museum

A 4-minute walk from Takaosanguchi Station, this free nature museum serves as a great introduction to the ecology of the area. Consider stopping by the cafe for drinks or snacks to fuel your hike or the gift shop to pick up souvenirs.

Seasonal delights

Visit Mt. Takao to see gorgeous cherry blossoms in spring and brilliant fall foliage in autumn. A beer garden opens in summer, while on clear winter days, the sun setting over Mt. Fuji is a sight to behold. Because of its proximity to Tokyo, the mountain becomes rather crowded on public holidays and weekends, so plan your visit accordingly.

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