If you are in the Tokyo area and enjoy hiking, I highly recommend taking the short trip to Takao-san. It is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the area and can be reached in about an hour from both Tokyo and Yokohama.
Takao-san is considered a sacred mountain and has been a place of worship for more than 1,000 years.
Visitors have the option of taking the cable car to the summit and then walking down. One-way tickets are JPY 480 for adults and JPY 240 children. Of course, for those with bad knees or who just want to take it easy, you can also take the cable car on the return trip.
If you’d prefer to hike, I suggest taking the main trail to the summit. This takes about 60-90 minutes depending on how fast you walk. When you get to the top there are plenty of food and drink vendors, an interesting temple area, and even a miniature monkey park.
On a clear day, you will have great views of Tokyo and Yokohama, and a clear view of Mt. Fuji when you get to the highest point on the trail.
On the return trip, you will see many small trails to shoot off from the main route. They are clearly marked with destinations and distances. I really like the smaller trails as there are fewer hikers and better nature views.
The cable car and many of the trails start at Takaosanguchi train station.
For more information visit the Mt. Takao Official Website.