If you read my Wanderlust, Wednesday post about Tokyo you already know that hiking Mt Takao was one of my favourite activity/place to visit close to Tokyo ! So I had to write this blog post to share more about this awesome spot ! For now let’s see what’s hiking Mt Takao like.
➸ How to access
Journey : To reach the Takaosanguchi Station you need to go to Shinjuku Station in order to take the Keio Line till Takaosanguchi. There’s an express Line that can get you almost directly there. So be careful what train you board on. (Takes about 50min+)
Price : From Shinjuku it will cost you 390¥ one way (or 381¥ if you own a SUICA or a PASMO card)
Once you reach the station, which is really small and charming, all you have to do is to follow the various sign into the town to reach the “entrance” of the Mt Takao – or at least the cable car entrance-
Look adorable this little town is; you’re only 50km away from Tokyo yet the atmosphere has completely changed ! You can find various tiny souvenirs shop or restaurants offering traditional items and food. Or simply items related to the Mt Takao.
➸ Choosing your trail
You have a lot of trails you can choose between 6 trails to hike Mt Takao, cable car and chair lift ( Each trail having its speciality -> Read more about it here !
We choosed trail n°6 to climb and path 1 on our way back.
To get to the trail n°6 you need to walk a bit further on the left side of the road. To be honest at first we thought we were lost but not at all. You need to walk about 10 minutes.
Trails n°1 and n°6 are -> ” Course for a true nature experience”. I wouldn’t say the hike is really hard but it sure is tiring since it took us around two hours to get to the top without a lot of pauses (about two small one to drink a bit). The path isn’t flat at all you meet rock, roots and a lot of other obstacle ! Nothing impossible to outpass though, I mean we even saw an old lady going down this path while we were climbing so, you can do it ! Ahah
You might need some very good sneakers or simply hiking shoes to get through.
What we didn’t see on the other hand was the “Biwa Falls”. We did see a river and some water spot where you can look up for crab but we actually miss the falls. Shame because this was actually one of the reason I wanted to hike trail n°6 ahah.
Before you actually reach the top there’s a LOT of steps made within the ground with wood stick. Believe me after walking for more than an hour on various not so flat rocky paths those “stairs” are killers for your legs (at least they were for mine).
But reaching the top was really satisfying anyway ! For two reasons – the view and fooood.
Though the regular version of the their curry was more the size of a mini but nevermind, it was still great to eat after this. And go to the bathroom to refresh ourselves a bit. I mean I was as red as a beetroot so yeah water on my face felt awesome.
Despite the good weather it was a bit foggy so we couldn’t see much ahead but the view was still great and pleasant !
On our way down we visited the main Hall and the shrine before going back again (trail n°1) in the nature.
So if you want a day out of Tokyo doing something different I definitely recomend the Mt Takao; not far from Tokyo but it still give you the impression you’re far far away from the city. A big breath out of fresh air and a good activity not too expensive on the top on that !
Have you ever been to Mt Takao ? Let me know in the comment !
See you next week for another post in the meantime you can follow me on my instagram for more -> cpt_lyne. I will be in Bristol (England) this week end !