My Favorites

My Tokyo Guide

See something interesting? Click on the heart button in the article to add a page from this site to My Favorites.

Main content starts here.

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 5,430 yen
(breakdown: 1,810 yen per participant + 3,620 yen for the accompanying two guides)

This route lets you enjoy a hike on Mt. Takao, where you can experience rich nature while still located 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 and sneakers and the like suitable for hiking.
*The guide service may not be available owing to the weather conditions.
*Depending on the local weather, you may need to stop walking before reaching the summit. In this case, you are encouraged to go back down to the cable car and change your plan, such as visiting the Takao 599 Museum.
*The route may change or take longer owing to overcrowded conditions in May and mid-October to early December.
*You may have time to eat a light meal at the summit. You can purchase snacks or lunch boxes at a shop on the way to the top, or bring them with you.
*The cost of the meal is not included in the tour fees.
*Takao Visitor Center is closed on Mondays. (If Monday is a holiday, then the next day.)


Tokyo Tourist Information Center at Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal → Shinjuku Station → Takaosanguchi Station → Takao-san shotenkai → Cable car → Observation deck → Tako-sugi (Octopus cedar) and Hippari-dako statue → Yakuoin Temple → Mt. Takao summit (Takao Visitor Center, closed on Mondays) → Cable car → Takaosanguchi Station → Shinjuku Station (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.
  • Please note that the tour guides will not be present or make reservations at eating and drinking establishments.

*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.

Apply here