night view of Mt.Takao

Private Tour | Observation of the Japanese Flying Giant Squirrel (Musasabi) at Mt.Takao

A lot of the Japanese Giant Squirrel (Musasabi) live in Yakuou – in temple in Takao – san.
On this tour you can observe the nocturnal Musasabi, and you can also enjoy the night view of Tokyo from Mt.Takao, also published in the Michelin Guide.
Besides, during the summer season you can enjoy dining while watching the night scenery in the forest Beer garden.

Observation of the Japanese Flying Giant Squirrel

The Japanese Flying Giant Squirrel is a mammal belonging to the squirrel family.
They are called Musasabi in japan.
They have a membrane between long forepaws and hind paws, they can fly like a glider by spreading the membrane and move from tree to tree.

Musasabi is nocturnal, and it will come out of the nest in about 30 minutes after sunset.
Because they are very timid, there are times when they are scared and do not come out if direct lighting of the flashlight is hit.
Therefore, the flashlight must be covered with a red cellophane, I will prepare the red cellophane and a flashlight for every participant.

Yakuo-in at night

When the valley trail is over, you can enjoy magnificent views of the Arima Dam.
Valley is slippery, so let’s go wearing shoes that are hard to slip.
The total walking time is about 4 hours and a half.

the evening of mt.takao

For more information on this hiking route, click here.

Tour details

Price : 1500 yen per person

Distance : 0.8 km

Private Tour (Your family and friends are OK.)

Difficulty : ★☆☆☆☆

Language : English, Japanese

Meeting place : Hotel pick-up or Takaosanguchi Station (depends on your preference)

Meeting time : Depending on the time of sunset, it is about 4 o’clock to 5 o’clock in the evening.


Please read and give me consent before booking for this tour.

Hiking is an inherently dangerous activity that can lead to serious injuries including but not limited to slip and fall injuries, fractures, snake bite, heat exhaustion, poison oak, ticks and frostbite. By participation in this event/hike you agree to not hold these organizers liable for any harm that may come to you, your guests, or your property. Always remember to let the event organizer know if you are leaving the group. Stay on the trail, never hike alone and use your own common sense.

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【Introduction】 Hello! I am a native Japanese living in Tokyo. I introduce hiking trails and running spots in Tokyo for those traveling to Tokyo under the name of "Tokyo Sampomaster". blog : twitter : YouTube : 【Hiking trail】 Although it is not well known, there are many mountains that are suitable for hiking in Tokyo. If you are staying in Tokyo for a week, why not try going to the countryside near Tokyo for one day? A beautiful valley, an old shrine and a relaxing hot spring will heal you and will surely be unforgettable memories. 【Running spots】 If you are a runner, why do not you visit the sightseeing areas of Tokyo by running? There are many facilities equipped with shower and hot spring for runners in Tokyo. The experience of running through the Imperial Palace, traditional temples and shrines with your own feet is a wonderful memory that you can not change anything. If you do not mind, I will undertake free guides as well. English is still not very good, but I will try my best so please feel free to contact us!

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