Fall Foliage Festival 2018
(takao-san momiji matsuri)
1 – 30 November 2018
A one-hour train ride and easily accessible from Tokyo, Mount Takao, standing 600 meters above sea level, is a pleasant getaway from the city, with nice hiking trails.
The hill is covered with a rich variety of vegetation including old beeches, giving shelter to birds and small animals. Close to the hill-top stand attractive buildings of Takao-san Yakuo-in, a Buddhist temple established in 744.
Momiji matsuri (Fall Foliage Festival) 2018
In autumn Mount Takao shines in shades of deep burgundy, pink, bronze, orange and yellow.
During the month of November 2018, Mount Takao Fall Foliage Festival (momiji matsuri) will take place around the hill, with events held on weekends and national holidays. They include live stage near Kiyotake Station on the funicular line, and sake tasting and demonstration of craft making near Juichi-chome-Chaya Station (*2018 events and venues: t.b.c.)
When to see autumn colours 2018
The best time to see the autumn leaves on Mount Takao usually falls in mid-November through the end of the month.
But as always, the timing depends on the amount of sunlight, humidity and temperature of the year. It may come early or late, in particular due to this year’s abnormal weather events – early spring, followed by a long and excessive summer heat.
With regard to day of week, we recommend you visit the site on weekdays if your programme is flexible. (Yes, even if the festival events take place on weekends…)
Mount Takao is popular with hikers in autumn. To this are added an increasing number of overseas visitors of recent years (thanks also to the stars granted by the green Michelin guide). And thus it happens that the trails are literally congested during the peak period.
Best spots for foliage
The best spots include the strip along the funicular line, the hilltop, the surroundings of Yakuo-in temple and the Momiji-dai observation deck (with a view of Mt Fuji, if weather sides with you).
Not scared of heights? Take chairlifts to have a picturesque view of coloured leaves down below.
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