Mt. Takao and Mt. Jinba
Mt. Takao (Takao-san) has long been a sacred mountain thanks to Yakuo-in Temple (Yakuoh-in), which was built there in the middle of the 8th century.
Located some 50 kilometers west of central Tokyo, the mountain is visited by several million tourists and hikers each year due to its ease of access and its substantial infrastructure, which includes cable cars and lifts.
The mountain has earned a high three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide Japan and is also popular with foreign hikers.
It has multiple courses that offer a good variety of geography to enjoy, including courses along its ridges and marshlands. Teahouses, souvenir shops, a monkey park, a botanical garden, a beer garden , and other facilities are scattered about the mountain. Visitors can enjoy hiking and sightseeing suited to the season and their physical strength.
There are several mountains between 600 to 800 meters in height along the ridgeline that extends northwest from Mt. Takao including Mt. Shiroyama, Mt. Kagenobu (Kagenobu-yama), and Mt. Jinba (Jinba-san). Each has a teahouse at its peak (although many are only open on holidays), making it possible to enjoy a traverse hike with relatively little preparation.
Train service via the JR Chuo Line and bus service are available to the south and north of the ridgeline respectively. There are maintained hiking trails and many different possible courses to take.
The area is a great place to enjoy a traverse hike within a day’s trip from the heart of Tokyo.