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Updated: October 11, 2019
Mt. Takao on Tokyo's West border is a beautiful spot for a day trip. The easy-to-climb mountain requires no special equipment and offers breathtaking views in all seasons. Reward yourself with a refreshing beer at the top or a soothing bath at the end of the day.
Shinjuku Station is big and confusing, so choose your train line carefully. The fastest way to get to Mt. Takao is to take the private Keio Line Limited Express, bound for Takaosanguchi Station. The Keio Line has its own entrance, under the Keio Department Store, near the West Exit.
The newly renovated building by architect Kengo Kuma is worth a visit in itself. The soaring entrance is made from local cedar, evoking the feeling and scent of the surrounding forest. From here, it's an easy walk to the chair lift, cable car and hiking routes.
While you can certainly hike up from the bottom of the mountain, you can save some time and your legs by taking the chairlift or cable car. The cable car takes you halfway up the mountain, where you can join one of the most popular hiking trails. The steepest cable car in Japan, the trip offers spectacular views.
With indoor and outdoor natural hot springs, this onsen is the perfect way to unwind after your adventures. Surrounded by forest, you'll feel miles away from care. The onsen restaurant specializes in healthy tororo soba: buckwheat noodles with grated mountain yam.