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Updated: April 11, 2019
With an elevation of 599 meters, Mt. Takao is located within Tokyo, but is an oasis of nature that attracts about three million visitors every year. The fauna, flora, and structures on the mountain are protected under its designation as Meiji no Mori Takao Quasi-National Park.
The annual spring festival, held on Sunday, April 21 this year, is a major event hosted by Yakuoin Temple. A special display of the image of Buddha is held at the main hall, and a goma fire ritual is held at the Yukien stupa. Children in fancy attire parade to the temple from the cable car station at the mountain summit, with a crowd of visitors watching their approach. It feels like a classical picture scroll of spring on Mt. Takao. Enjoy the bountiful nature and the colorful festivities!
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