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Autumn Color in Japan 2009 Vol 18 / Cool Japanese Scene

COOL JAPANESE SCENE / Japanese Autumn Color (30) / Japanese Autumn Color (32)

This time, I will introduce Mount Takao (高尾山 takaosan).
Mt Takao is a mountain in the city of Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan.
Standing 599 m tall and located within an hour of downtown Tokyo, it is a popular hiking spot, with eight hiking courses and more than 2.5 million annual visitors.
The Tama Forest Science Garden is also located at the mountain's base.

Mount Takao is closely associated with tengu, minor kami from Japanese folklore, and a Buddhist temple, Takaosan Yakuōin Yūkiji, is located on the mountain.


View from Mount Takao over Tokyo

While trees in central Tokyo have only just started turning colors, the koyo season in the mountains west of Tokyo is already approaching its peak. One of the closest and most attractive mountains near central Tokyo for autumn leaf viewing (but also the most crowded one) is Mount Takao, or Takaosan, only 50 minutes and 370 yen from Shinjuku Station by Keio Railways.


Queue for the cable car and chair lift

Takaosan can get pretty crowded, especially during the autumn leaf season, and when we arrived around noon, visitors queued 20-25 minutes for riding the cable car or chair lift, which go half way up the mountain. We didn't want to wait, so we opted to walk up instead.


Maple tree at the Takaosan Monkey Park

Along the ascent up the mountain we encountered small groups of maple trees, especially around the cable car station, the temple grounds and at the summit. The different varieties of maples are at or approaching their peak, and they look like they will be nice for another two weeks or so.


Takaosan has a network of hiking trails that lead to the summit, and the main road that most people take is paved and leads to all the major sites along the way. We decided to try some of the alternate trails down to avoid some of the crowds and shorten our trip. Other than a few unexpected trail closures, the trails made for a pleasant hike, but they didn't have the same amount of colors as the main road.


Maple tree near the main hall of Yakuoin Temple


Summit of Mount Takao

By T.S. on Nov 21, 2009
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