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::::: Activity Report: November 24th, 2013 :::::

posted Dec 17, 2013, 4:59 AM by Tsubasa Kato   [ updated Dec 17, 2013, 5:02 AM ]
Takao-san Hiking Trip: Go Mt.Takao in the best season! Beautiful Colored Leaves!
We went on a hike to Mt. Takao (Takao san,
高尾山) in the best season to see beautiful colored leaves! Mt. Takao is still located within metropolitan Tokyo, offering beautiful scenery, an interesting temple and attractive hiking opportunities. It took only 50 minutes and 370 yen to reach from Shinjuku. Fourteen of us including six new members got together at Shinjuku station. The day was not chilly and windy, the best day for our hiking we’ve ever been.



When we reached the Takao-san guchi station, tons of visitors were gathering at there. One reason is that Mt.Takao is the sightseeing spot which received 3 stars in Michelin guide book. So many people have visited every year but there were much of people than ever thought. We chose No.6 hiking trail which was a natural trail (kind of “soil and earth” one), seemed like walking through the forest, we took some breaks in the trail and had a fun hiking with all attendees. Getting close to the top, the number of visitors got increased. However, we luckily could see a spectacular view, seeing Mt. Fuji from the summit, thanks to a clear day. We enjoyed having lunch with members even though there were no spaces to spread out blue sheets for all of us.


After the lunch break, we stopped by the Buddhist temple, which is known as Takao-san Yakuo-in, on our way back. There were many maple trees over there, and colored leaves were stunning and beautiful, we took some pictures at there. Unfortunately, we missed a chance to see a big cider tree which is about 450 years old, 37 m (meter) tall and a very unique shape like an octopus’s foot. Back to Takao-san guchi station, some attendees requested us to stop by a Dango-ya, and we filled our hungry stomachs with having a dumpling with sweet syrup called “Dango”. After that, we posted our best photo on Facebook page and voted best one on the train to Shinjuku station. The winner of the photo contest was Mari’s guest Adam. His photo was colored maple leaves with the temple.


Due to its proximity to central Tokyo, Takao-san can get very crowded on weekends especially the second half of November, but here is suitable for hiking. There remains a lot of nature and easily to climb up for both beginners and advanced climbers. We were so happy to enjoy hiking and seeing colorful leaves on a beautiful sunny day! Many thanks to all participants!

(posted by Mari and Tsubasa)