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Route 12: Experience rich nature, the mountain, and the Japanese spirit at Mt. Takao

Experience rich nature, the mountain, and the Japanese spirit at Mt. Takao


Departure time: Departs at 10 a.m.
Duration of the tour: About 6.5 hours
*This is the time up until you have returned to Tokyo Tourist Information Center Busta Shinjuku that was the departure location. Cost: 5,220 yen (breakdown: 1,740 yen per participant + 3,480 yen for accompanying guide for two people)

This course lets you enjoy a hike over Mt. Takao where you can experience rich nature while still near the big city. Go up the mountainside in a cable car that boasts the steepest incline in Japan and head for the summit. There are some Yakuoin temples that are the symbol of mountain worship sprinkled over the mountain, so you can visit temples while mountain climbing. Climb to the top while experiencing the rich nature and history of the temples. If the sky is clear, you can see Mt. Fuji from the top.

This is a hiking course, so please come in clothes that do not restrict movement and sneakers or other good shoes for hiking.
The guide service may not be available if the weather is bad.
Depending on the local weather, you may have to stop and go back down before reaching the summit.
The local area becomes very busy in May and from mid-October to early December, so the route may change or take longer during these times.
There will be time to eat a light meal at the summit. We will call at a kiosk en route, where you can purchase snacks or lunch boxes. You can also bring food with you. The cost of this food is not included in the fees.


Tokyo Tourist Information Center Busta Shinjuku → Shinjuku Station → Takaosanguchi Station → Mt. Takao promenade → cable car → lookout → Tako-sugi (octopus tree) and Hippari-dako statue → Yakuoin → Mt. Takao summit → descent → cable car → Takaosanguchi Station → Shinjuku Station → Busta Shinjuku (end)

Regarding Guide Services

This guide service is provided by volunteers, and transportation is mainly by public transport or walking.
The participants for the guide service are up to 5 people.
It will be accompanied by 2 tour guides.
Participants are required to pay the costs for 2 tour guides.
The fees shown here are for 1 participant. The price changes depending on the number of participants. We will notify you of the actual fee by email.
The fee for guide services should be paid with Japanese Yen.
Among the participants, there must be at least 1 person over 20 years old.
Some facilities may be closed depending on the day of the week.
The time and date of departure changes depending on the route, so please check the details for each route.

The fee is the amount required for transport and attraction admission fees. (Including the fees for 2 guides). It also includes the amount required for the guides to return to Shinjuku after the guidance finishes. The guidance itself is free of charge.

Regarding Bookings

1) To apply for a tour, click the “Apply here” button.
2) We require you to inform us of your first and second preference for route and time/date. Please understand that we may be unable to offer guidance on your preferred date depending on volunteer schedules.
3) Bookings are required from 1 month to 3 days prior to your preferred guidance date.
4) After submitting your booking, we will send a response within a week. For bookings made from 1 week to 3 days before, we will respond the day before your preferred date at the latest. Be sure to include your contact details in Japan. 5) To cancel a booking, please contact us at least 1 day prior.

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