Takosugi Octopus Cedar
Way Shrine in Mt. Takao, Mt. Takao
Open 24 hours
Allow 5 minutes
No regular closing days
Updated 28 March 2020
About Takosugi Octopus Cedar
At over 500 years old, the Takosugi - or octopus root cedar - stands at around 37 meters tall, with a circumference of almost 6m.
Considered sacred, many people come to see the tree which has grown to resemble the rounded tentacles of an octopus.
Nearby & Related
Mount Takao Observation Point
At 599 metres, Mt. Takao is an incredibly popular hiking spot easily accessed from Tokyo. Considered a sacred mountain, it has long been visited for spiritual worship, including the Yakuoin Temple nearby.
The observation point offers incredible views over Tokyo, and Mt. Fuji can often be seen in the distance.
A beautifully decorated temple set in the incredible natural surroundings of Mt. Takao.
Formally known as Takaosan Yakuoin Yukuji, Yakuoin Temple was established on Mt. Takao around 744 and has historic ties with the Todaiji Temple of Nara. The current buildings are believed to date back to around 1648.
Takaosan Hiking Trail 1
One of several hiking trails covering Mt. Takao, Trail 1 is the most popular as it is paved and passes all the mountain’s major sites.
Depending on fitness, the trail takes approximately 90 minutes to climb from base to peak. However, that time can be cut down by using the Takaosan “Echo” Chair Lift or Takaosan Cable Car.
Takaosan "Echo" Chair Lift
A ski-lift style chair lift offering travel both directions up and down Mt. Takao, from Sanroku Station at the base to Sanjo Station at the top.
If the prospect of a chair lift is too adventurous for you, consider the Takaosan Cable Car.
Takaosan Cable Car
Connecting Kiyotaki Station at the base and Takaosan Station at the top, this 5 minute cable-car ride operates every 15 minutes. It offers excellent views over the area, and is a convenient way to access the activities on Mt. Takao.
For a slightly more adventurous trip in fine weather, consider the Takaosan “Echo” Chair Lift.
Okochi Sanso Villa
An incredible villa set in extensive gardens, formerly the estate of a famous actor. Arguably one of the finest residences to visit in Kyoto, even considering the Imperial Palace.