Sometimes, you get tired of city life. If so, what do you think to go to hiking? I guess climb to mountain is very suitable for you! Don’t worry this mountain is not so far from central Tokyo!
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. The area is designated as Meiji-no-mori Takao Quasi-National Park. Emperor Shomu ordered Yakuo-in Temple to be built halfway up this mountain in 744, and people have worshiped at the temple for more than 1,200 years. It was introduced in the Michelin Green Guides for Travel and Tourism as a place that is relatively close to the center of Tokyo where you can meet the “real Japan,” and it is quite popular among foreign tourists.
There are six well-maintained hiking courses starting from the foot of Mt. Takao-san and leading up to the 600-meter-high mountaintop, each with a different theme, allowing visitors to learn about the nature of Takao. You can also ride halfway up the mountain by cable car or lift, so that the remaining climb to the top is not so difficult but each of which takes about 90 minutes.
The lift or the cable car costs the same amount which is 930 Japanese yen for the Adult and 480 yen for the child. From the lift, not only mountain, also you can see a lot of small temples and many of restaurants and souvenir shops till the end of the road. So you will not feel bored while walking in the mountain. When you arrive to the peak of the mountain, if it’s sunny you can see mountain Fuji and Sky Tree Tower. There is also a very nice view of Tokyo and its neighborhood. You can definitely feel relax and escape busy city life! Interesting? Please check it out!