Located just a short hour from Tokyo, Mt. Takao is a very popular hiking spot for locals and travelers alike. 2.5 million visitors trek to Mt. Takao annually to challenge themselves to its eight courses and experience some diverse Japanese nature and wildlife. In fact, one of Takao's most interesting features is its varying types of foliage. Trees typical of subtropical regions cover the south face of the mountain, while the north face contains trees more indigenous to temperate climates.
Many organizations hold special events throughout the year on Mt.Takao. Bird watching, worshipping and various seasonal festivals can be found at any point throughout the year, making a visit to Mt. Takao more than just a hiking excursion. These events, on top of challenging courses and amazing views of surrounding Japan, make a trip to Mt.Takao well worth a visit.