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Updated: October 6, 2023

Head Temple Takao-san Yakuo-in 高尾山薬王院

2177 Takaomachi, Hachioji City, Tokyo

A colorful Buddhist temple on a sacred mountain

Takao-san Yakuo-in Temple lies halfway up Mt. Takao. Founded in the eighth century, over the years it became associated with both Buddhism and Shugendo—a type of mountain asceticism. Explore the grounds and soak up the temple's atmosphere to get a taste of Japan's mystical side.

Keep your ears open for chanting when you visit, as performances of the ancient goma fire ritual occur regularly. Only those who undergo prior instruction may join the waterfall purification ritual. Alternatively, its spectacular fire-walking ceremony in March attracts the faithful and travelers alike. You can also try shojin-ryori, traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, by making a reservation in advance.

How to Get There

  • Takaosan StationCable Car20 min on foot


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Opening Hours

  • 9:00-16:00

    *Changes depending on the season and/or time period
  • Closing days: Open daily



Facility Info

  • RestroomsNon-smoking areas
  • JapaneseEnglish
  • Japanese

For updated information on opening hours, closings, prices, and more, please check the official website or ask the facility directly.