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Day 5 : Mt. Takao

JapanPosted by Totoro42Blue Fri, November 23, 2007 10:11:48
In the evening before I had suggested a trip to Kamakura, but in the morning a quick change of mind and off to Mt. Takao we went. A rather long train trip with first JR lines to Takao and then a change to Keio line and a short trip to Takaosan-guchi which is the train station just at the bottom of Mt. Takao. On the last part of the trip I got a short glimpse of Mt. Fuji, but did not realize that until later on shortly before coming into Takaosan-guchi station.

A look at the map beside the station together with a lot of local tourists, I do not think I saw any other foreign tourists, besides us, during this day. We chose a route and of course went the wrong path, which turned out to be quite good as we ended up on the route that the most were taking.

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A look down on Takaosan-guchi town on beginning the ascent up the sacred mountain. Here one is still full of energy and can walk past the older Japanese tourists walking up the mountain.

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Not always walking the 2,5 km at an angle, sometimes there were stairs. At this point it was getting quite tiresome continously walking at an upward angle, any change like the stairs above were an appreciated change. At this point it is getting difficult to pass the 70-80 year old folks walking with a stick as they are nearly walking just as fast as me, and they were keeping up the steam and not sounding like a foghorn like I was.

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Some colourful leaves on the way up. Any short break to take a picture or two was appreciated.

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About halfway up a look towards Tokyo, zoomed at 5x to 6x times. Here it was possible to get a view of Tokyo without too many trees obscuring it.

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A small shrine roughly at the halfway point. It was nice to notice that we were not the only ones that were using this halfway point as a small break on the upward tour. After a small break we continued upward to the top.

The top was not really a top in the ordinary sense but more of an area where of facilities where available, including the end station of the cablecars.

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View towards Tokyo from the Visitor Center at the top of Mt. Takao.

We did not visit the Takaosan Yakuōin Yūkiji buddhist temple at the top, I forgot all about it when we were there.

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The view in a different direction. I could not find Mt. Fuji though, probably lost in the clouds and mist.

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Green, red and yellow leaves. After a short rest and a snack we chose a different route downwards.

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This route, was definitely a much more rough path than on the way up. Most of the time one had to be quite aware where one was stepping.

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Some not-so-young ladies having a rest and a snack on the path.

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After coming down, we went up and down again with the Takao Mountain Railroad chairlift. Which was quite an event considering my fear of falling from heights, and this was really not helped by the fact that there were no safety belts, slippery short seat and I was carrying a backpack in one hand and a quite heavy camera in the other. In the picture, one can see in the far end that there is really a rather steep climb, going up was bad, going down again was really really not good, the drop was several meters, the problems is one would not stop falling down until one reached the bottom - so going into ones inner calm was a real necessity. It certainly did not help sharing the seat with someone who squirmed about and was busy leaning forward taking photos!
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It was one of the best days on this trip though.

In the evening we did a quick trip to Akihabara and the Yodobashi shop to buy an iPod Touch.

200 photos from this day are available here.

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