The temple is about a 20-minute walk from the Takaosan cable car station. The temple was built by Emperor Shomu in 744, this mountainside Buddhist temple features several tengu statues.
The official name is “Takao Yakuin Yukiji”. In Tenpyo 16 (744), it was opened by a high priest Gyoki Bosatsu as a prayer temple for the guardian of the eastern country by the edict of Emperor Semu. The name of Yakuoin originated from the fact that Yakushi Nyorai was honored at the beginning. It is now known as the Omotoyama of the Shingon Sect.
Takao, who has been dedicated to “Yakushi Nyorai” as the principal since the opening of the Gyoki Bodhisattva, has been proclaiming “Iinawa Daikon” through the prayer of Shungen Daitoku and has since been honored as the principal.
When you come up here and you’ll not see must of foreigners around here but this will be good places for visit in Japan and see view on the top. During weekends people will come and hiking around this mountain.
Address: 2177 Takaocho, Hachioji City, Tokyo 193-8686
Open Hours: 8:00 – 18:00 every day.
How to get there:
There are three ways to get to the mountain and temple such as:
- Use cable car get to the mountain and walk to the temple around 15-20 minutes. (One way at 450 Yen, Round trip 950 Yen)
- Use chair lift, this lift can sit two persons at the time. (One way at 450 Yen, Round trip 950 Yen)
- Walk from the beginning and the way start near cable car station on the ground.