Back on the Japan tourist trail after a month off travelling around Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand (updates incoming…). Today, we went to Mount Takao – a 599m mountain on the outskirts of west Tokyo:
Hmm….decisions, decisions. Which way shall we go. Lots of routes to choose from….
Choice made. Chair lift half way up the mountain! Well you can’t blame us- it was 95 degrees! I resisted the urge to swing like a monkey on the lift.
The only other time I’ve been on one of these was whilst snowboarding in Hakuba. Back then, I managed to make a complete twat of myself, repeatedly falling in front of a giggling group of twelve year olds. Dismounting from this was somewhat easier!
Thinking of the beer awaiting me atop the mountain!
Mount Takao monkey park. I might’ve know Maz would lead us this way….
Playful little fella! I think Maz had planned to leave me there. To be fair, I do have similar table manners to our furry friends.
I might get some fencing like this for a future garden.
We made it to the top. It was a sweaty trek but well worth it. The view was spectacular, if a little hazy (as usual for this time of year). We’ll go back in the winter to get some clearer views of Fuji-san.
Lots of little temples and shrines en route. Unusual for Japan!
A red temple. Red is my most favouritest colour – ever!
Happy chappy at the top of the mountain. Now where’s my celebratory beer?
Ah ha! Soba noodles lunch washed down with an ice cool Asahi. Heavenly!
On the way back down the mountain. We took the nature trail , away from all the tourists. Very quiet and very pretty.
We came across this little waterfall and shrine near the bottom. For some reason I seem to have focused more on this ugly garden shed-like structure, rather than the beautiful shrine to the right, just out of picture. Plonker.
Me desperately trying to avoid a tennis ball-sized wasp (or was it just a fly?). Thanks for this Maz.
In Bullseye terms, here’s what you could’ve won. We chose the chair lift to go up the mountain, but there is also a summery-looking cable car as an alternative. I think we made the right choice.
Oh yes! After walking around a mountain in 90+ degree heat for hours, what better than a good old Mr Wippy!!! No 99s though sadly.
Mount Takao was a great little day out with lots of see and some beautiful walks. GIT Tours will definitely be returning there some time soon!