Top 10 Things to do in Hachioji, Japan

December 29, 2017 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Discover the best top things to do in Hachioji, Japan including Mt. Takao, Tama Zoological Park, Showa Kinen Park, Sanrio Puroland, Mori Town, Mt. Takao Chairlift, Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple, Mt. Takaosan Hiking Course, Keio Rail Land, Takaosan Yakuo-in Yuki-ji Temple.
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1. Mt. Takao

Hachioji, Tokyo Prefecture
Excellent
40%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 945 reviews

Mt. Takao

An hour outside Tokyo by train, Mt. Takao is popular among city dwellers for the views from its seven hiking trails. To enjoy the view without the work, take the cable car or chairlift to the top and visit the Takaosan Yakuoin Yuuki-ji Temple, founded in 744.

Reviewed By Rini S - Jakarta, Indonesia

Fresh air with beautiful scenery, specially on autumn. Since I love outdoors, it feels great able to go outdoor near Tokyo. But since it's autumn and everyone wanted to see the autumn foliage, it was crowded. I went there on Friday, still crowded, everything had to wait in line. I waited 45 min just to ride the cable car. But it's alright for me, cause I really wanted to see the autumn foliage in the there.

2. Tama Zoological Park

7-1-1 Hodokubo, Hino 191-0042, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-591-1611
Excellent
40%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 275 reviews

Tama Zoological Park

Reviewed By pushkarm1 - Yokohama, Japan

The zoo is big; however, many parts were closed due to renovation. I would prefer visiting Ueno zoo or Zoorasia in Yokohama than visiting Tama zoo. (The lion bus which is the main attraction was also closed when I visited there).

3. Showa Kinen Park

3173 Midoricho, Tachikawa 190-8530, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-528-1751
Excellent
51%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 545 reviews

Showa Kinen Park

Reviewed By Australiafrancophile - Australia

I visited on Sunday 19th of November.I arrived via Tachikawa station but as has been said before NishiTachikawa station is more convenient.
There are very few leaves left on the gingko trees.I have learnt that autumnal gingko trees are stinky.
It was dogs day and there were many , many dogs with their devoted owners enjoying the garden.
The highlights for me were the Japanese garden with nice autumn colored maples and the bonsai garden.Dont miss the fingered citron bonsai.Like a big lemon with 6+ "fingers"
There is also a small dahlia garden with dahlias flowering now.
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We took the little train for 310 yen.It tends to go around the periphery for some of the route so not so scenic but saves the leg.As has been said this park is absolutely enormous but flat and no steps so wheelchair friendly.
Good play areas for children.
Bring food because, surprisingly, there isn't much available.

4. Sanrio Puroland

1-31 Ochiai, Tama 206-8588, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-339-1111
Excellent
28%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 440 reviews

Sanrio Puroland

Reviewed By Joy_Sinha - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Located at Tama, accessible by Tama centre station serviced by Keio line, Odakyu line, Tama Monorail.
A wonderland with a great deal of attraction centred around Hello Kitty . very popular amongst kids as well as teenagers.
Visitors can meet popular characters like Hello Kitty , My Melody. They can also watch the characters perform in musicals, parades, and other attractions.

5. Mori Town

562-1 Tanakacho, Akishima 196-0014, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-546-0071
Excellent
18%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
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4 based on 38 reviews

Mori Town

Reviewed By Ryusuke M

Moti Town has Ito Yokado as its anchor store along with decent specialty shops. Ito Yokado has its food section on the basement and a Seven Cafe on the first floor near the north entrance.

6. Mt. Takao Chairlift

Takaomachi, Hachioji 193-0844, Tokyo Prefecture
Excellent
38%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
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4 based on 216 reviews

Mt. Takao Chairlift

Reviewed By cindyjan14 - Houston, Texas

The chairlift will take you to the middle of the mountain and you have to hike to the top of the mountain. On the way up, you will get to enjoy the scenes around you. We took the chairlift so we didn't have to hike that long to get to the top.

7. Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple

733 Takahata, Hino 191-0031, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-591-0032
Excellent
23%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 147 reviews

Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple

Reviewed By KomillaS - Brentwood, California

Takahata-fudo is a Buddhist temple of Shingon sect, We visited the temple to attend a yagya fire ceremony that the monks at the temple do. Many people were dressed in traditional clothes and it was more personal as this was not so much of a tourist temple.
Takahata-fudo temple was founded in the late 9th century by Priest En'nin according to Emperor Seiwa's wish.
It is enshrined the Fudo-myoo which is one of the Five Wisdom Kings.
Niomon (the main gate) and Fudodou (the main temple) were built in the 14-15th centuries, and many Buddhist statues housing in the buildings were made in the 10-15th centuries.

8. Mt. Takaosan Hiking Course

Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo Prefecture
Excellent
32%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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4 based on 109 reviews

Mt. Takaosan Hiking Course

Reviewed By Nine_Ate_Seven - Tokyo, Japan

Traveling to Takao-san from central Tokyo is simple enough on the Keio line, but illustrates why the correct response to someone who tells you that they live in Tokyo is "Do you mean central Tokyo?". The greater metro area (read: province) includes vast suburbs and even much rural area on its western extreme, where Mt. Takao is located. Many people who say they live in Tokyo live in a more rural area than you!
The mountain has several hiking trails, a cable car and chair lift to get up and an interesting temple devoted to Tengu, which you don't get to see everywhere, and a monkey park which interests the kids. If you have young children with you, it might be better to take the cable car up and the trails down (we did this, and our youngest still slept like a baby that evening).
Takao-san is a good day trip from Shinjuku, but another good option with kids that isn't quite as far is Showa Kinen Koen in Tachikawa, a vast open area with a Children's section that has a climbing net structure that will hold their attention for hours. Bring a soccer ball or frisbee -- there is lots of space to play.
But if you are not burdened with youngsters and are looking for a more serious climbing experience, I would recommend taking the Azusa train from Shinjuku to Matsumoto and try some real trekking in places such as Kamikochi in the Japan Alps.

9. Keio Rail Land

3-36-39 Hodokubo, Hino 191-0042, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-593-3526
Excellent
24%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

Keio Rail Land

Reviewed By JonAllen - Tokyo, Japan

The Keio Rail Land museum re-opened on Oct 10 2013 . It offers fun for young children including train simulators, Conductor simulator, a ball pit, toy railtrack to lay out , a diorama and a mini train outdoors to ride on.
For rail enthusiasts there is 1 board with a few highlights of the Keio company's 100 year history. a cabinet with some old uniforms, a full scale example of a pantograph, a cutaway electric engine.
Outdoors there are 6 Keio line railcars of various vintages but with only a couple of paragraphs of information.
Zero English. ( not even on the ticket machine)

10. Takaosan Yakuo-in Yuki-ji Temple

2177 Takaomachi, Hachioji 193-0844, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-661-1115
Excellent
23%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 148 reviews

Takaosan Yakuo-in Yuki-ji Temple

Reviewed By mat_mak - Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

The Buddhist temple located on the trail to the top of Mt. Takao, and near the cable car station so usually people come to there to pray by the cable car. It was established in 744. The praying pavillion was chic design, but the gate and the main pavillion were painted at colorful colors.

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