ⓘ Takaotozan Railway. The Takaotozan Railway is a transport company in Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan. The company operates a funicular line and a ropeway to Mount Takao, ..

                                     

ⓘ Takaotozan Railway

The Takaotozan Railway is a transport company in Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan. The company operates a funicular line and a ropeway to Mount Takao, a popular destination for mountain trekking among Tokyo residents. The company was founded on September 29, 1921.

                                     

1. Funicular

The funicular line, commonly known as the Takao Tozan Cable 高尾登山ケーブル, Takao Tozan Kēburu line, is the steepest railway line in Japan, with a 608‰ 31° elevation at maximum.

Basic data

  • Distance: 1.0 km / 0.6 mi.
  • Gauge: 1.067 mm 3 ft 6 in
  • Vertical interval: 271 m / 889 ft.
  • Stations: 2

Stations

  • Takaosan Station 高尾山: 472 m elevation.
  • Kiyotaki Station 清滝: 201 m elevation. Transfer to Takaosan-guchi on the Keiō Takao Line 5 minutes walk.
                                     

1.1. Funicular Cars

Two cars are used, both of them made by Hitachi, 1968. They are named Aoba green leaf and Momiji maple leaf, respectively. The cars are connected at opposite ends of the cable, so they move synchronously and counterweight each other.

                                     

1.2. Funicular Services

Cars are operated once every 15 minutes, with the entire ride taking 5 minutes. Fares are 470 yen one-way and 900 yen return for adults 230/450 yen for children. Although more expensive per kilometer when compared to other Japanese railway lines including the shinkansen, fares on the Takao Mountain Railroad funicular compare with those on similar systems such as the Ōyama Cable Car.

                                     

1.3. Funicular Stations

  • Takaosan Station 高尾山: 472 m elevation.
  • Kiyotaki Station 清滝: 201 m elevation. Transfer to Takaosan-guchi on the Keiō Takao Line 5 minutes walk.
                                     

2. Ropeway

The ropeway is nicknamed "Echo Lift."

Basic data

  • Stations: 2
  • Distance: 872 m / 2.861 ft.
  • Vertical interval: 237 m / 778 ft.

Stations

  • Sanroku Station 山麓: 224 m elevation. 5 minutes walk from Takaosan-guchi Station.
  • Sanjō Station 山上: 462 m elevation.
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