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Mount Takao, located within the municipality of Hachioji City in the southeastern part of the Kanto mountainous region, is about 50 km from the center of Tokyo. Because of this convenient location, visitors can enjoy its natural beauty and the many other attractions all in a day's trip. In recognition of its magnificent beauty, the 2007 edition of Michelin's Voyager Pratique Japon, the famous French travel guidebook, awarded Mt. Takao and Mt. Fuji the maximum of three stars.

Visitors can climb Mt. Takao by taking a cable car or lift to a point 400 m up - halfway up the mountain. They can also climb to the top along one of three trails, each of which takes about one-and-a-half hours.