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Updated: December 9, 2019

Mt. Takao Light-Welcoming Festival 高尾山 迎光祭

2205 Takaomachi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo

As visitors welcome the first sunrise of the new year, they pray for health, safety and world peace. Geikosai, literally "the festival to welcome the light," was added to traditional ceremonies that have been held for many years at Mt. Takao's Yakuoin Temple.

The ceremonies start early in the morning—around 6:30—on Tuesday, New Year's Day, at Mt. Takao's summit. If the skies are clear, it's possible to see Mt. Fuji. In a specially prepared area at the 599-meter summit, priests chant sutras and pray for a year filled with safety.

How to Get There

  • Takaosanguchi Station | 3 min on foot
    Keio Line



Opening Hours

  • 6:30 until sunrise

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