Mt. Takao, a “three-star mountain” according to Frances’s famous Michelin guide, is the perfect place for visitors to Tokyo who are looking to sample the joys of Japan’s natural environment. Although it is only 599 m high, Takao is home to some 1,600 kinds of plants, 100 species of wild birds, and 29 types of other animals. This wealth of nature is within easy reach of Shinjuku Station, near Keio Plaza Hotel, and can be accessed by a a 45-minute journey on the Keio Line train.
In addition to eight routes for hikers, Mt. Takao has cable cars and lifts that allow many different ways to take in the scenery. The mountainside is home to a Buddhist temple that has stood for more than twelve centuries and once had a deep relationship with Japan’s ruling shogun family. The area also features souvenir stores and restaurants offering delicious Japanese cuisine such as soba buckwheat noodles. Visitors are advised to wear athletic hoes and clothes that allow for easy movement. For more information on Mt. Takao and other nearby getaways, please contact Guest Relations.
Approx. 50 minutes train ride from Shinjuku Station by Keio Line.