We're planning to do Mt Takao for the NYE celebrations this year, and wondered on peoples recommendations for what time to go up, to take food/drink etc? We're debating on heading up around 9/10pm and to stay for the sunrise but obviously that is a VERY long time in the cold. Is there much to do overnight there? Or go up around 3/4am just for the sunrise Any tips/advice/recommendations are greatly appreciated! :)
Winter comes early & we juzback from cold Fukuoka!. It be freezing overnight & I'm not sure if there are other companies around then. Be mindful of the ropeway timing gutsy wind, safety etc. Food & drinks will be a must 4u. Good luck, enjoy!
Hi Amber, we will be in Tokyo April 9th-11th. Do you think there will be cherry blossoms in bloom on Mt. Takao? We are from Colorado in USA and we like to hike. Which hike would you suggest? Thank you. Mary Beth
I believe they should still be blooming. It truly depends on the weather. They're still blooming where I live.
What trail is best for someone with bad knee?
Trail #1 is the most popular route (meaning most crowded) & it is wide & paved all the way w/ vendors selling snacks/drinks. However, it is not flat, there are slight inclines and a few stairs along the way. You can use two walking sticks to help w/ the bad knee.
I know it depends on every one's interest but will a morning half say 8 to 1 pm sufficient, if we take train and then either cable car or chair lift? Also any preference between the two?
Yes! 8am to 1pm is plenty of time to take the train to Takaosanguchi station and the cable car to Mt Takao. I was able to make the round trip hike to the top from the cable car and back down (while stopping for some photos) in under and hour. I arrived at Takaosanguchi station at 745am, got on the first cable car of the day, went to the top of Mount Takao and was back at the station by 10am. Definitely worth the visit!
How long is the hike up and down, no cable car?
Hi. I know it can be done faster, but we've done the same trek three times and we took about 4 hours to climb trail #6 and descend on trail #1. That gave us left plenty of time to take photos along the way, grab a quick bite at the top, and enjoy the temples and snacks on the way down. We are not slow walkers, but we chose to take more time to enjoy all the sights on the way down, which made the experience very memorable. If you want to add more souvenir shopping on trail #1, or the beer garden on trail #1, or a sit-down restaurant at the base of the mountain, or even relax in the onsen at the bottom of the trail (next to the train station), plan on taking even more time than that. Also, you can reduce your climb time by taking the cable car or chair lift, which take you halfway up trail #1.