One Ticket – Three Fantastic Itineraries
The Mt. Takao 1-day Trip pass offers three different itineraries along the Keio line out to Mt. Takao, all including lunch.
The various tour configurations cost an average of only ¥5,000, and includes a one-day pass for the Keio and Inokashira lines, round-trip cable car or lift rides up and down Mt. Takao, and a delicious meal at the mountain. As a bonus, you’ll receive a coupon for 5% off at Keio Department Store at Shinjuku station. The coupon is valid for six months, so you can buy a nice souvenir at your convenience.
It’s a snap to purchase your Mt. Takao 1-Day Trip pass online. Keep in mind that the pass is only valid for weekdays (excluding national holidays). Each plan differs as to what it includes, so please check the link below before you fix your schedule.
Note that you’ll need to exchange your booking voucher after you arrive in Japan. Just head to the “Central Honshu Information Plaza in Keio Shinjuku”, located at Shinjuku station’s south entrance underground shopping center.
The Scenery of Mt. Takao and the Taste of Buddhist Cuisine
The Keio Line takes you to Mt. Takao
To get a good view of things along the Keio Line out to Mt. Takao, set out from Shinjuku at around 9 a.m. The special express departing Shinjuku station (KO01) to Takaosanguchi station (KO53) takes approximately 50 minutes. As soon as you alight at Takaosanguchi you’re greeted by open skies, lush trees, and seasonal scenery. Take one deep breath and you’ll feel you’re a world away from the city.
You can either explore the various hiking trails on your quest to reach the top of Mt. Takao, or take a leisurely cable car or lift ride halfway up to the summit. The base station is located only a five-minute walk from Takaosanguchi station. The street leading you there is dotted with charming souvenir shops and restaurants of Japanese-style architecture. Stop in on your way there or back.
From the foot of Mt. Takao up to the slope takes only six minutes on the cable car and twelve on the two-person lift.
Traditional “shojin ryori” lunch at a temple on Mt. Takao
The cable car and lift drop you into the middle of mountain trail scenery. Take in the season’s colors on a 20-minute hike to Yakuo-in Temple, close to the summit.
Yakuo-in Temple was founded in 744 and has thrived as a site of Shugendo ascetic training since the 14th century. With the Mt. Takao 1-Day Trip pass, you can enjoy a traditional lunch on the grounds of the temple. You’ll be served vegetarian dishes prepared by the temple’s monks consisting of various beans and vegetables, known as “shojin ryori”. It’ll be one of the most memorable Japanese meals you’ll ever experience.
After your meal, you’ll receive a special paper emblazoned with a stamp and the temple’s name written in Japanese calligraphy as proof of your pilgrimage to Yakuo-in. Keep your gift in a safe place and you’ll reap even more good luck in the future.
Choose from a charcoal-grilled feast or a mountainside all-you-can-eat
Traditional Buddhist fare is just one of the meal options you can choose from with your Mt. Takao 1-day Trip pass. Ukai Toriyama’s charcoal-grilled cuisine consistently garners high marks on online foodie sites. Pass the time in classic architectural surroundings with a view of a traditional Japanese garden while savoring the freshest ingredients.
And there’s another option at an altitude of 500m (1,640 ft). Take in a breathtaking view from the heights of Mt. Takao as you enjoy all-you-can-eat and drink for two hours in modern, casual open-air surroundings at Takao Beer Mount. Open seasonally from mid-June to mid-October.
Note that all the restaurants profiled here offer different dining times and menus. Please select the best option to fit your itinerary.
On a clear day, you can see Mt. Fuji!
After visiting Yakuo-in, it’s a short 20-minute trek up to Mt. Takao’s summit. The peak is only 599m (1,965 ft) high, but is a famously popular vantage point for viewing the majesty of Mt. Fuji. The crisp air of winter offers the clearest views.
Mt. Takao is a treasure trove of plant and animal life
Although it may be a comparatively small mountain to scale, Mt. Takao’s abundant nature is astounding. There are approximately 1,600 varieties of plant life and scores of animal and butterfly species.
There are seven hiking courses on Mt. Takao, some of which take over two hours to traverse for those looking for more physical activity. At the monkey park three minutes from Takaosan cable car station, you’ll be greeted by a community of some 70 Japanese macaque monkeys!
At the foot of the mountain, you’ll find “Takao 599 Museum” just a brief five-minute walk from Takaosanguchi station. You can learn about Mt. Takao’s geology and ecosystem, and lounge in the facility’s spacious cafeteria or on the grassy grounds. Feel like soaking in a hot spring before heading back to Tokyo? “Keio Takaosan Onsen Gokurakuyu” conveniently adjoins Takaosanguchi station.
Hit Some Popular Spots Along the Keio Line Back to Tokyo
All along the Keio line between Shinjuku and Mt. Takao is a wide variety of attractions, from zoos and theme parks, to temples and Japanese gardens. Combine your Mt. Takao trek with other activities and make a day out of it.
See a national treasure and take a breather at unique cafés and restaurants
One of the must-see spots along the Keio line is Jindaiji Temple, located in Chofu City. From Takaosanguchi station (KO53) take the special express for half an hour to Chofu station (KO18), followed by a 20-minute bus ride.
Established in 733 under the Tendai school of Buddhism, Jindaiji temple has one of the richest histories of any temple in Tokyo. The statue of Amida Nyorai (Buddha) enshrined in the main hall was designated as a national treasure in 2017, and is currently open to public viewing until March 31 2018 (9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. until September 23 2017 and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. after September 24).
Outside the main gate of Jindaiji is a row of soba noodle restaurants, cafés and souvenir shops. Among them, the ever-popular Matsuba Chaya soba restaurant features a 300-year-old Konara oak tree growing inside the restaurant! And if you’re a manga and anime fan, you have to check out GeGeGe no Kitaro (aka “Spooky Kitaro”)-inspired Kitaro Chaya café.
To cap your mini-adventure, dazzle your eyes with a jewel-like illumination display
If your visit to Japan is in the fall and winter, an unforgettable way to wrap up your one-day journey to Mt. Takao is the spectacular illumination display – dubbed as “Jewellumination” – at Yomiuriland Amusement Park (viewable from October 12 2017 to February 18 2018).
From Chofu station (KO18) to Keio Yomiuriland station (KO38) is a quick five-minute ride.
Just entering Yomiuriland itself is a one-of-a-kind experience: you float into the park on a gondola suspended over a nocturnal wonderland illuminated by literally millions of colored LED lights. It’ll take your breath away!
There are other great places to stop by along the Keio line, whether you’re with your family or exploring by yourself. The link below will give you some fun ideas for how to use your Mt. Takao 1-day Trip pass.