Mt. Takao is a mere 1 hour by train from Shinjuku. Once here you can enjoy climbing all day!
Mt. Takao is also a short drive away but please expect heavy traffic if you visit during one of the busy seasons such as autumn leaves, and Golden Week. Because parking is limited, you may not be able to find parking during high traffic weekends.
We recommend that you go by train to Mt. Takao during the busy season.

The most common mistake that visitors make is that they confuse “Takao Station” with “Takaosanguchi Station”.
The closest station to Mt. Takao is “Takaosanguchi Station” on the Keio Line, so if you plan on climbing the mountain this is the station that you want.
When coming from the Shinjuku area via the Chuo line, transfer to the Keio Line at Takao Station and ride one more stop to Takaosanguchi Station.

If you want to go to Mt. Jinba or Kobotoke (wildlife areas outside of Mt. Takao) use the bus from “Takao Station”.
(The Keio Line stops at both Takao Station and Takaosanguchi Station)


Access to Mt. Takao

By train

The closest station to Mt. Takao is the Keio Line’s Takaosanguchi Station .
Mt. Takao’s cable car (Kiyotaki Station) is a 5-minute walk from Takaosanguchi Station.

Required time Fee
Keio Line About 50 minutes (By express) from Shinjuku to Takaosanguchi 390 yen
JR Chuo Line 44 minutes (special rapid), 58 minutes (rapid) from Shinjuku to Takao Station
3 minutes to Takaosanguchi after transferring to the Keio Line at Takao Station
680 yen

Keio’s “Mt. Takao Round-trip Discount Ticket”

If you are going to Mt. Takao on the Keio Line and plan to use a cable car (or lift), the “Mt. Takao Round-trip Discount Ticket” is a good deal.
It is a discount ticket that combines a round-trip ticket from any station on the Keio Line / Inokashira Line to Takaosanguchi Station with a round-trip or one-way ticket for either the Mt. Takao cable car or chair lift.
The 20% discount is available for both adults and children.
It is available at the ticketing machines on all Keio Line and Inokashira Line stations (excluding Takaosanguchi Station).

The Keio Liner, a reserved seat express train

The “Keio Liner” is the Keio Line’s reserved seat train, which began operation in 2018, and does not normally operate in the direction of Takaosanguchi Station. However during high-traffic seasons such as the season of autumn leaves and fresh greenery, it temporarily redirects towards Takaosanguchistation.

From Shinjuku Station to Takaosanguchi Station, the trip is about 46 minutes, and for the return trip to Shinjuku the Keio Liner will get you back in 47 minutes. The reserved seat express operates about 3 times a day.
You will arrive at Takaosanguchi easily, so why not use it if you’re coming from Shinjuku?
Please refer to the Official Keio Liner website for reservations and details (Japanese Only).

By car

There are several parking lots at the foot of Mt. Takao.
However, these parking lots fill up early on holidays and during high-traffic seasons, so it is often not possible to park, so it is best to come to Mt. Takao by train.
In addition, there are no backroad routes around Mt. Takao, so it is difficult to get out if you get stuck in traffic.

By motorcycle

Motorcycles of 125cc or less can be parked for free in the Takaosanguchi Station bicycle parking lot under the Keio Line train tracks, however you will need to pay to park larger motorbikes.
There is also parking in the Hikawa Shrine temporary parking lot in the area in front of Takaosanguchi Station.
As you enter the street across from the Trick Art Museum, you will be guided by the staff.
The price is 1,000 yen per day.

In addition, there is parking space for motorcycles in the “Yakuoin Prayer Hall Parking Lot”, which is a little farther away.
This is 500 yen a day.

By bicycle

You can park at the Takaosanguchi Station bicycle parking lot under the Keio Line tracks.
As you enter the street across from the Trick Art Museum, you will be guided by the staff.

Access to Mt. Jinba and Kobotoke

By bus

To access Mt. Jinba or Kobotoke, use the bus from the north exit of Takao Station.
Since the bus comes once a hour, check the timetable before heading to the bus station.

During high-traffic seasons such as Golden Week and autumn leaves in the fall, the number of buses may increase due to increased traffic, or two buses may be operate at the same time.