Autumn Foliage from Mt. Takao

Autumn Foliage from Mt. Takao

As someone who’s not really an outdoor activities person and definitely not into hiking, Mt. Takao is the perfect dose of nature one needs from the buzzing city life. Having decided to go on this adventure purely on the basis to experience the amazing autumnal colors and crunch of fallen leaves, this day trip was thoroughly satisfying.

With very minimal experience in hiking, it was quite the nervous start. Luckily, Mt. Takao offers a number of various trails hence allowing you to choose according to your preference a.k.a. fitness capabilities, let’s be real.

Just under an hour train ride away from Shinjuku station, is when you align at Takaosanguchi station. As you head upwards to get to the foot of Mount Takao is where the scenic beauty of autumnal foliage awaits.

Sharing with you a visual diary of this popular destination amongst Tokyoites and what to expect during your “hike” to Mt. Takao. Prepare yourself for an over-pour of autumnal hues as you scroll down…starting now!

– Right outside Takaosanguchi Station –

– Chair-lift up the mountain –

– Lunch views from the summit of Mt. Takao –

– A well-paved, concrete road (Trail 1) –

– Yakuō-in Shrine –

– Looking over Tokyo –

– When you make it to the top –

– View from the Mt. Takao summit –

Hiking may not be the first thing that comes into mind when autumn season comes around. However, you will experience the perfect balance of cold weather with beautiful sunny skies. The 599m hike to Mt. Takao is the perfect day activity to do during short autumn/winter days that are ahead of us – not to mention you’re doing this while still being in Tokyo!

As summer’s green gives way to autumn hues, Mt. Takao is worth the visit to embrace the changing of seasons up-close.


  1. September 6, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    Lovely pictures and I really enjoyed your blog and becoming a regular reader i guess. I have a passion to travel round the world and this is something i always to read about. Thank you.

  2. September 6, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    Few things on this planet that display the splendor as well as the beautiful colors you have shared here. So glad you took the trip and shared the other side of Tokyo. Beautiful images and thank you.

  3. September 6, 2018 / 10:47 pm

    Wow, this looks like a fairyland! I did not know that the fall can be this beautiful.

  4. Patricia Chamberlain
    September 7, 2018 / 1:40 am

    These pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Fall is my favorite time of year. Mt. Takao looks like the perfect place to visit in the fall.

  5. September 7, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Gorgeous! We don’t get much of the fall leaf colors where I live. It’s so fun to visit something different. I love hiking in the fall.

  6. September 7, 2018 / 7:17 am

    I can almost feel the cool, crisp air looking at those gorgeous photos! I’m not a hiker either, but seeing it through your eyes, I may try.

  7. September 7, 2018 / 11:36 am

    There’s a lot of beautiful places in Japan!! that’s the reason why I love to visit Japan 🙁 Lucky you.

  8. April Marquardt
    September 7, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    I need to go here asap! The colors are absolutely breathtaking. I am so ready for Fall!

  9. Kim
    September 8, 2018 / 3:42 am

    These are such beautiful photos! I love how the trees look during the fall time!

  10. helenevlacho
    September 8, 2018 / 3:50 am

    Amazing photos! And so beautiful colors! That place looks wonderful and so Autumnal! Can’t wait for fall to arrive!

  11. Christa
    September 8, 2018 / 4:57 am

    These pictures are gorgeous! I live in the desert so I don’t get to experience the autumn leaves. Seeing these beautiful pictures are the next best thing.

  12. Rachel
    September 8, 2018 / 10:57 am

    I love the fall leaves. It is almost that time of year here. It is so beautiful.

  13. September 8, 2018 / 11:10 am

    The views are spectacular. I love fall colors and can’t wait for the leaves to start changing in New York.

  14. September 8, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    Oh how beautiful. I love fall and all the colors. It’s definitely my favorite season!

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