Autumn Leaves of Mt. Takao
The best time to see them is mid-November to early December. Mt. Takao's busiest season.
Many tourists and climbers visit Mt. Takao each year in fall, and it is easily the busiest time of the year.
The trees of Mt. Takao usually turn red between mid-November and early December (though this varies depending on the year).
The leaves around Takao turn red a little later than central Tokyo and other sightseeing spots, so if you missed those, why not pay a visit Mt. Takao?
Trees such as the Japanese maple tree turn red and yellow in a gradual gradient from the base to the summit.
Autumn Leaves Power Spots
Popular spots for autumn leaves on Mt. Takao include the following:
- In front of Takaosanguchi Station / Cable Car Kiyotaki Station
- The cable car
- Yakuo-in Temple and Kasumi-Dai on the mountainside
- The summit of Mt. Takao and Momiji-Dai
Around Takaosanguchi Station
As soon as you disembark from Takaosanguchi Station, a yellow-colored ginkgo tree waits to greet you. It waxes colorful in early November.
You can also enjoy autumn leaves along the river on the left side of the road from Takaosanguchi Station to the cable car station
Cable Car Kiyotaki Station Plaza
The plaza in front of the cable car station is surrounded by trees that turn red and is a commemorative photo spot.
Here you can enjoy the autumn leaves quite a bit before your ascent.
A lot of Japanese maples are planted around the cable car and lift track, and you can see the autumn leaves while riding.
For autumn leaves, it is better to get on the cable car or lift than to walk along Trail 1, but the cable car and lift on the weekend during the season of autumn leaves are very crowded, sometimes you have to wait in line to get on.
Observatory “Kasumi-Dai” is a short walk from the upper station of the cable car.
Located next to a soba restaurant called “11-chome chaya”, you can look down onto the verigated trees.
There are also trees that turn red in the square in front of Kasumi-Dai, and sake is also sold during the Momiji Festival, so you can enjoy a good drink while watching the autumn leaves.
There are many red maples in the precinct of Yakuo-in Temple.
From the entrance gate to the exit in the direction of the summit, you can spot many trees sporting their best colors.
The summit of Mt. Takao and Momiji-Dai
At the summit, you can see the autumn leaves everywhere.
The cherry tree is also changing colors.
“Momiji-dai”, is a 10-minute walk from the summit, and is also a spot for autumn leaves!
You can enjoy autumn leaves on the route from Takao to Mt. Kobotoke Shiroyama.
Since the back of Mt. Takao is much less crowded, it is recommended for those who want to see the autumn leaves in a more relaxed context.
Even though the number of people is lesser than the beaten path, buses from Kobotoke and Jinba-Kogen-Shita are still crowded, and the sun falls early in autumn.
Now you know how to enjoy autumn leaves in the multitude of different vantage points around Mt. Takao from the base to the summit.
Take your time and enjoy the autumn leaves at each spot.
It is often said that the trees with yellow leaves are wild, naturally occurring species on Mt. Takao, whereas the trees with red leaves tend to be trees that were later added.
The autumnal season is when Mt. Takao is most crowded. The congestion is nothing short of amazing.
There is a blog article that summarizes the crowded situation, so please refer to it.
Parking lots are more often than not full on weekends and holidays, so it is best to arrive early or to take the train.
There are a lot of restrooms in Mt. Takao, but there is often a line for women’s restrooms.
The cable car and lift can also have a long wait time, so be sure to arrive in advance with time to spare.
In order to prevent accidents due to congestion, Trail 6, which is narrow, becomes a one-way trail going up in November.
Events held at this time
During the autumn season, Mt. Takao hosts events such as the “Momiji Festival” in November.
And there is a stamp rally so why not try it?