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Mt. Takao to Mt. Jinba Traverse

An extended pleasant trail perfect for a first-time traverse.
  • Duration
    1Day , 7.5Hours
    Highest Point
    855m
    Elevation Gain
    665m
  • Skill Level
    Fitness Level
    Gear Level

Mt. Jinba (Jinba-san) is along the Okutakao Traverse Trail (Okutakao Jusohro) running northeast from Mt. Takao (Takao-san). Its peak is 855 meters above sea level. The wide-open summit has three tea houses along with a statue of a white horse. Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san) is often visible to the south.
The trail from Mt. Takao to Mt. Jinba is well maintained and very easy to follow. The mountaintop tea houses and many trails back down along the way make this a good option if it's your first time doing an extended hike.

Walk to the left of the Mt. Takao cable car's Kiyotaki Station, and from Myoon Bridge (Myohon bashi) start hiking Mt. Takao's Nature Research Trail 6 (Takao-san Shizen Kenkyuro Roku Gohro). As you proceed, the trail along the river is fairly level and is easy for those not used to hiking.

It gets steeper along the second half of the hike, and eventually you reach a steep staircase. Go up the stairs and you'll reach the juncture where Trail 5 (Go Gohro) and Trail 3 (San Gohro) merge with Trail 1, bringing you to the summit of Mt. Takao.

It's 60 minutes from Mt. Takao to the next peak, Mt. Kobotoke-shiroyama. Once you descend from Mt. Takao, the trail is almost level. You will begin to ascend from Itcho-daira and reach Mt. Kobotoke-shiroyama.

It then takes 60 minutes from Mt. Kobotoke-shiroyama to Mt. Kagenobu (Kagenobu-yama). You descend briefly from Kobotoke Pass (Kobotoke-tohge), but from there you begin a steep ascent. It levels out again for a little while before ascending again until you reach Mt. Kagenobu. There are tea shops on the summits of these two mountains that are open on the weekends, and occasionally other times too.

Between Mt. Kagenobu and Mt. Jinba there are a lot of smaller hills along the trail, but it's relatively easy hiking. You ascend a gentle trail and when the view opens, you'll find yourself at Mt. Jinba's summit. Treat yourself to a rest while taking in the view of Mt. Fuji.

Multiple trails will bring you to the end of the hike, but you might want to take the easy trail descending Ichinoo Ridge (Ichinoo-one). A bus from the Jinba Trailhead will bring you to Fujino Station on the JR Chuo Main Line.

Other Info

There are two tea shops on Mt. Kobotoke-shiroyama. The Shiroyama Chaya is famous for its nameko mushroom soup and 30-centimeter high snow cones. There are also two tea houses on Mt. Kagenobu. Wild vegetable tempura is their specialty.
The three tea shops on the summit of Mt. Jinba are good for a rest and a meal, too.

Notes

While the route itself is easily walkable, the full hike takes nearly 8 hours, so it requires considerable stamina. If it sounds difficult, doing the hike in reverse from Mt. Jinba to Mt. Takao is easier.

Route Map

Elevation Map

Height (m)
Horizontal Distance (km)

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Duration
1Day , 7.5Hours
Highest Point
855m(Mt. Jinba)
Elevation Gain
665m
Horizontal Distance
18.4Km
Skill Level
Fitness Level
Gear Level

On the Trail

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Shiroyama Chaya, Kagenobu-chaya Aoki, Sankakuten Kagenobu-goya mountain hut, Fujimi Chaya, Shimizu Chaya, Shingen Chaya

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Access

Mt. Takao is located in western Tokyo. It's approximately 50 minutes by a limited express train on the Keio Line from Shinjuku Station to Takaosanguchi Station. Taking the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku Station, it takes 44 minutes by special express to JR Takao Station. Change there to the Keio Line and it's three minutes to Takaosanguchi Station.
From Takaosanguchi Station, it is a 25-minute walk to the trailhead at Myoon Bridge. After your descent, it's approximately a 10 minute bus ride from the Jinba Trailhead to Fujino Station. If you walk, it will take you approximately 30 minutes. From Fujino Station to Tokyo Station it's about a 90-minute ride on the JR Chuo Main Line.
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