Mount Takao is located west of Tokyo, in the Kanto Mountain Range, just an hour’s train ride from central Tokyo. It is considered a sacred mountain. Yakouin Temple, a place of pilgrimage, is located on one side of the mountain. Yakouin Temple was created by order of Emperor Shomu in 744. The temple has been venerated by the population for more than 1,200 years. The Tengu is the symbol of Mount Takao. The Tengu is a mythical long-nosed figure, a divine image of a man who has mastered a rigorous ascetic discipline in the mountains and has acquired magical and spiritual power. Ascetics can sometimes be seen in full practice, standing under the waterfalls, between April and October at Biwadaki and Hebi-Daki waterfalls.
There are seven different themed routes for pleasant excursions up to the top which is 600 meters high. Another possibility to climb to the top is to take the cable car or funicular that takes you halfway. Near the Takao-san funicular station, the wild monkeys from the Natural Zoo and Botanical Garden will welcome you. Mount Takao is also known as Takao Meiji-no-mori Quasi-National Park.
Reduced fare tickets
The reduced-fare round-trip ticket “Takaosan Round-trip Discount ticket”
Roundtrip ticket from any station on the Keio or Inokashira line (except Takaosanguchi, Tamasaki and Hashimoto stations) to Takaosanguchi station. Includes round trip on the cable car or funicular.
Shinjuku Station> (50 minutes by special semi-express train on the Keio Line)> Takaosanguchi Station