Travel Guide to Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Travel Guide to Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Wat Pho or  Wat Phra Chetuphon, or also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is an ancient Buddhist temple complex in Bangkok, Thailand. When you look for images online about Thailand, this place is most likely the first images to pop up. It is one of the oldest and has existed even before King Rama I established Bangkok as the capital. It went more constructions when the king decided he wanted to make it even bigger. The temple is located just right behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and it is a highly recommended destination for first-time visitors in Bangkok, Thailand. Inside the temple is the famed giant reclining Buddha that is 46 meters long. It is also covered in gold leaf. If you are coming from the Grand Palace, you can visit the Wat Pho in an easy 20-minute walk.

The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho

The main attraction that people want to view in the grand ancient complex is the Reclining Buddha. The complex and the buddha is like a gigantic art. It is 15 meters tall and 46 meters long. The figure is so large to the public that it feels like it is being cramped to fit inside the building.

The Buddha’s feet inside the Wat Phra Chetuphon is exquisitely decorated in mother-of-pearl art illustrations of the Buddha. When you enter to view, you need to take off your shoes. You should also wear appropriate clothing.

How to get there

From your hotel, the most exciting way to get there is to get by a river taxi. Boat tours, even private ones, are inexpensive and it also allows you to avoid city traffic. Moreover, it has good reviews. Check out with your hotel for other transportation tours options.

Other highlights in Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Booking city tours from your hotel are possible if you want to have a private tours around the attractions. Since this is near the Grand Palace and other attractions in the city, you will have enough time to explore it. It is also near the river where you are free to marvel at the sights.

When you visit Wat Pho, it is also worth taking a look around the area. If you read the reviews on tours. you will find great food spots and river walkways that are free to roam for the public. In fact, you can find many Thai food stalls near the area. There are also statues and art in the courtyards that are worth checking out. Look for reviews online to know what other highlights to check out in the area.

The Breathtaking Views of Mount Takao in Tokyo

The Breathtaking Views of Mount Takao in Tokyo

Tokyo is a bustling city but it also houses many recreation areas where you can relax and have your extra dose of greenery. One of these places is Mount Takao or also known as Takaosan. It is located in the city of Hachioji. It’s not only one of the highest mountains in Tokyo but is also the best place to view the whole city. It is a very picturesque spot with lots of natural wildlife and beautiful mountains. Apart from the interesting temple and its beautiful hiking areas, Mount Takao is one of the spots in Tokyo to witness the autumn season. The open view of the scattered autumn colors of the mountains is what visitors are after when they visit Takaosan.

Things to See in Mount Takao in Hachioji, Tokyo

Hiking Trails

There is a network of numbered hiking trails that leads up to the summits of Mount Takao. If you hike to the top of Mount Takao, it can take an hour and a half via trail number one which is where most visitors flock. The other trails are less crowded, but they are unpaved and a bit narrower. But you can cut the journey in half if you use the chair lift or cable car that leads halfway up the mountain. Take the cable car or chair lift to save time if you are going on a day trip to the summit. At the cable car’s top station, you can see the view of Tokyo from the observation deck. At the summit, you can also view Mount Fuji from a distance, especially on a clear day.


Mount Takao is also considered a sacred mountain and has been a place of mountain worship for more than a thousand years. One attractive temple that stands near the summit of Mount Takao is Yakuoin. Visitors from all over the world stop there to pray to Shinto-Buddhist mountain gods for good fortune. This is a must-see spot when you go on a trip to this sacred mountain.

Monkey Park

Monkey Park is another attraction you should check out along trail number 1. It has a walled glass enclosure that houses about 40 Japanese macaques. You can check out tours to witness the shows they offer throughout the day. The park also has a wildflower garden where you can see 500 different types of plants. It’s open to tourists with the same ticket you have for Monkey park.

Keio Takaosan Onsen Gokurakuyu

This is a hot spring bathhouse located behind the railway station at the base of the mountain. It has a variety of segregated baths where you can relax for a few minutes or hours. It’s a good way to cap off the trip after you walk for hours.

Takao 599 Museum

You can find this museum also at the base of the mountain behind the railway station. It is free admission and is free to visit by locals and tourists. The Takaosanguchi station features a beautiful architecture of timber canopy and wood-paneled passageways. Many tours stop by this area for a good few minutes.

The Beer Mount

The Beer Mount is a beer garden in Mount Takao. It has all-you-can-eat food options, beer, and other drinks as a summertime treat for those who hike the mountain. It’s a good spot for good food.

How to get to Mount Takao

There are trips from underground Keio Shinjuku station every 20 minutes to Takaosanguchi Station – the terminal station located at the base of Mount Takao.

It is highly recommended that you ask your hotel for information about transportation and a guide to Mount Takao.

Read a guide at the base of the mountain to learn about the rules when you walk up the mountain.

You can also find details about this attraction from any hotel in Tokyo.