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Takao-san, Minamiasakawamachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 193-0846, Japan
+81 (0)3 3201 3331 (Tourist Information )
As much as Tokyo has to draw travelers, the city – with its occasional crowds, noise, and vistas of grey – can also be very good at making one want to get away. Enter Takao-san (Mt. Takao), the natural retreat for Tokyoites. Just a 45-minute skip away from electric Shinjuku
, Takao-san lures nature lovers with opportunities for hiking, walking, and stunning views of Tokyo and Mt. Fuji. Climb the steep mountain and you'll be rewarded with a large collection of shrines to explore, as well as a much appreciated beer garden, at the top.