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I love to explore various dimensions of Japan. Today, I want to bring you to one of the best locations for vacation in Shizuoka prefecture, Izu Peninsula. If you love natural scenery, fresh seafood, and onsen (hot spring), you will love the trip to Izu Peninsula!

Izu Peninsula: How to get to Izu?

Trip to Izu Peninsula

You can take the Tokyo East Line from Shinjuku, Shinagawa, or Ueno to Izu. However, you need to spend at least 4000 yen (40 USD) for the round trip from Tokyo to one of the Izu stations. This is uneconomical and inefficient. Go to one of the JR ticket offices in Tokyo and buy a JR Wild Pass (10000 yen, or 100 USD). Using this Pass, you can travel without restrictions throughout Izu for three days.

What can You Do at Izu Peninsula? Three Recommended Stations!

Izukyū Shimoda Station

(伊豆急下田)

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Since Shimoda located in the southernmost part of Izu Peninsula, we have to take the train from Shinjuku to Shimoda station for three hours. Shimoda is the cradle of Japan’s modern history. During the Edo period, Tokugawa Shogunate remained self-isolation. In order to break the barrier and develop business partnership with Japan, Western countries decided to take action. Accompanied by black battleships (Black Ships), Matthew Perry, a commodore of US Navy, arrived Shimoda and intimidated the Japanese Government to open their ports for business by signing up the Japan–US Treaty of Peace and Amity, or the convention of Kanagawa in 1854.

Mount Nesugata

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You should take the ropeway to Mt. Nesugata. From the top of the mountain, you can take an aerial view to the Shimoda Bay and the Pacific Ocean. There is a map on the top of the mountain. When you look at it, you can see exactly where the Black Ships were located. On the other side, you can overlook the Shimoda city. This mount is also a national park. The local government spends money to plant seasonal flowers and different vegetation in this park. With the sunshine, you will discover that you have integrated yourselves with the natural beauty.

Trip to Izu Peninsula

You can visit the official website here for the detail. Website (English)

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Izu Cruise

Trip to Izu Peninsula

Ancient Chinese wisdom speaks, “It is better to travel far than to read voluminously.” Instead of reading history, we can relive the history by taking the black ship together. The tour guides will show you the different islands of Izu and tell you the history of the islands. Furthermore, by spending few hundred yen, you can get some chips and feed the seabirds during the cruise.

Trip to Izu Peninsula

You can visit the official website here for the detail. Website (Japanese only)

Hours of Operation: 9:10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Last Departure)

Red Snapper and Other Seafood

It is one of the most luxurious meals in Japan. The Japanese people love to use red snapper to make sushi, sashimi, shabu shabu, and dried fish. Although tourists usually prefer to eat tuna or salmon, you should try this white fish. When you chew it carefully, the sweetness and freshness of the fish will gradually flood into your taste buds. You will also fall in love with the aroma of red snapper.

Furthermore, spiny lobster and abalone are the other famous seafood from this area. Because they are expensive, I can only afford the abalone.

Izu Peninsula: Jogasaki-Kaigan

(城ヶ崎海岸)

Kadowaki Suspension Bridge and Lighthouse

Trip to Izu Peninsula

Kaigan means coast in Japanese. Because of the lava of Amagi Volcano, Jogasaki is a national park and beautiful coast. Two of the tourist sites do not require any entry fee. First, climb up to the lighthouse. You will see seven islands of Izu: Oshima (伊豆大島), Toshima (利島村), Niijima (新島), Kozushima (神津島), Miyake-jima (三宅島), Mikurajima (御蔵島), and Hachijojima (八丈島). Like the islands of Hawaii, there are certain numbers of residents living in those islands of Izu. Although you are not able to travel to all of the islands, at least you know a little more about the geography of Japan.

After you climb down, you will cross the Kadowaki Suspension Bridge. Want to feel like Indiana Jones? When you step on the bridge, you can feel it shake. You can only continue your adventure by crossing the bridge, and then you can walk the natural trail.

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I think that you need to know something first. After you get off the train, you are required to walk 1.3 km before getting to the coast. However, you will pass by a cherry blossom tunnel. You can appreciate sukura each spring, and maple trees each autumn.

Trip to Izu Peninsula

You can visit the website here for the detail. Website (English)

Hours of Operation:

Suspension Bridge: 24 hours

Lighthouse: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Izu Peninsula: Atami City

(熱海市)

Atami literally means, “hot ocean,” which refers to the famous onsen in this area. According to the historical record, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, always came to Atami for hot spring. He thought that Atami is one of the best onsen in Japan because this place contains pure and high quality spring water.

Besides onsen, visitors will also take pictures of Kanichi Omiya no zo. This statue portrays the romantic tragedy from a novel, The Golden Demon.

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Higashikaigancho

Trip to Izu Peninsula

If you like ocean activities, such as canoeing or swimming, you should come here. During weekends, some adolescents will play volleyball and Ultimate Frisbee at the beach. You might be able to meet some new friends here. Along the shore, you can also find some restaurants to fill your belly. If you just want to have a walk, Higashikaigancho is also a good spot for you.

Atami Castle and Trick Art Museum

Trip to Izu Peninsula

This castle was built as a tourist attraction in 1959. You can dress up in costumes and become samurai. You can go to the top of the castle to overlook Atami city. If you want to know more about the history of Edo Period, you can come here. I also recommend that you to go to the Trick Art Museum, which locate next to the castle.

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In the museum, you will enter to an illusory world. Artists utilize certain angles to portray a painting and lead the audience to believe that they are watching a 3D painting. If the staff know that you are a foreign tourist, they will offer you a free-tour and help you take all of the photos. After you go in, you will discover that you have a lot of interaction with animals. Some of them will play with you. Some of them will try to hunt you down. It’s worth the 900 yen entry fee!

Caution: When you go to Atami castle or the Trick Art Museum, you will need to take the ropeway. When you get off of the ropeway, you will pass by the Hihokan – Adult Museum. It is restricted to adults age 18 and over. If you feel uncomfortable about what you see, please don’t go in and run out the entrance as quick as you can. When you go out the entrance and turn right, you will see the castle.

You can visit the official websites here for details. Website for Castle (English) and Website for Museum (English)

Hours of Operation for Both: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nakamise Shopping Street and Heiwadori Shopping Street

You can go to these two streets as your last stop before going back to Tokyo. There are some famous souvenirs and specialty that you can buy here. For example, you can purchase lobster ramen, onsen streamed bun, and miso soup powder. If you are renting an apartment in Japan while traveling, you can buy dried red snapper or frozen red snapper belly. Thus, you can bring a “taste memory” back to your apartment.

Japan is waiting for you to discover her variety. Take a trip to the Izu Peninsula for a weekend getaway and appreciate the natural scenery, delicious cuisine, and miraculous power of onsen!

April 26, 2017 0 comment
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Mount Fuji 8

Mount Fuji 1

Climbing Mountain Fuji is a dream for mountain climbers and visitors alike. You can climb all the way up to the summit and watch the sunrise beside the spectacular caldera. What an amazing life experience! Here, I am going to tell you my story about climbing Mt. Fuji and let you in on all of the things you need to know before departure. So get ready with me! Here is all of the essential information to consider before your departure. So when you’re ready, double check your backpacks and head to the 5th station!

Why Should I Go?

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Fuji-san is 3776 meters tall and it is the highest mountain in Japan. On clear days, Mount Fuji can be seen from as far away as Tokyo, Yokohama and Hakone. If you are visiting Tokyo at the right time of the year, there is no reason not to check out this breathtaking natural masterpiece. It does not matter whether you have determined to climb all the up to the summit, or just want to appreciate from a far view, or even chill around the lower levels, these are all amazing stories you can share with your families and friends.

When Is The Best Time to Climb Mount Fuji?

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The official climbing season for Mount Fuji is from early July to mid September. During this period all the facilities and services are open, the weather is suitable for climbing, and the trails free of snow.

Different trails have different opening dates. It is highly recommended to climb during official season for your own safety. Below are the opening times for all trails in 2016:

  • Yoshida Trail: July 1 to September 10 (The descending trail will remain open until September 11 morning)
  • Subashiri, Gotemba, Fujinomiya Trails and Ohachi-Meguri Trail (The trail of crater rim): July 10 to September 10

I choose the Yoshida trail because it is the most popular and is accessible to new climbers. Most people start to climb from Subaru line 5th station, easily commute from Kawaguchiko (Fuji Five Lake Region). The ascent from 5th station to the summit will take approximately 5-7 hours, and the descent trail  (a separate trail), is another 3-5 hours.

Many mountain huts line the Yoshida trail around 7th and 8th stations. Here you can get food, water, rest, or even an overnight stay (reservation required; average charges for mountain huts are 5300 yen without meal and 7400 yen with two meals). Prices getting higher as the altitude increases; if you forgot to bring it with you, make sure to buy it early!

I chose to start my journey in early July, when the weather is clear and the trails less crowded. August can get very crowded, as the school term over and the traveling season starts. During these times, you may even need to wait in the line to get through some of the more narrow paths.

Now I Want To Climb! How Do I Get To Mount Fuji?

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Mount Fuji is located to the west of Tokyo on the main island Honshu, between Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures. There are couple of options to get there and I choose to go with the easiest and cheapest way – highway express bus! I purchased the round trip tickets from this site, which cost 3500 yen from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko (1750yen/way). It runs regularly from 6 am to 11 pm, please check the timetable. Tickets sell out fast during climbing season, so please purchase tickets in advance to ensure yourself a spot! It takes about 1 hour from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko if traffic is in good condition. However it took us more than 3 hours the way back from Kawaguchiko, so be ready to adjust your plan accordingly!

After you arrive at Kawaguchiko, go to the ticket office at the left side of the Kawaguchiko bus terminal station and get a bus ticket to the “Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station” bus. Don’t worry about getting lost; they know exactly why you are there.  The tickets for this leg of the trip go for 1540 yen for one way or 2100 yen for round trip.

Caution: The first “Fuji Subaru Line 5th Station” bus runs from 6:40 am till 7:05 pm. If you plan to catch the first bus, be sure to purchase tickets a day before at the ticket counter (cannot be purchased online) because the ticket office is not open until 6:45am! Unfortunately this happened to us, and we had to wait to get on the second bus!

And while you are waiting for the bus to take you to Mount Fuji, take a few minutes to figure out your schedule. Be sure to check the arrival time of your return bus from Fuji to Kawaguchiko. This way, you can coordinate it with the bus you will need catch from Kawaguchiko back to Shinjuku. The return bus can get really crowded, so do not wait until last bus! You might not be able to squeeze in!

How Should I Prepare to Climb Mount Fuji?

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Okay, finally we are heading to Mountain Fuji and start to get more serious! Keep in mind that Fuji-san is not a difficult climb, but it’s not a cakewalk, either. Do not even think about going all the way to summit without the following gear and enough energy–

  • Good Climbing Boots. The most essential thing for this climb is a sturdy set of climbing boots. Some rocky and steep areas are hard to climb. Good hiking boots are necessary to support you and protect your ankles.
  • Waterproof Jacket. Temperature and weather changes are unpredictable on the mountain. It can be cold, even in summer, and a strong wind will make it worse. A rain squall can also blow through, and you will want protection from the variances of the weather.
  • Protective Accessories. Sunglasses, hats, gloves, and sunscreen. The ultraviolet rays is very strong above the cloud cover. You do not want to get sunburned, so be sure to bring all these protections.
  • Hiking Stick. Due to lots of rocky and steep sections, you may need hiking sticks to aid you climb up all these tricky rocks. At Mount Fuji’s 5th station, you can get a wooden climbing stick that doubles as a souvenir of your trip! Some of them are decorated with colorful wraps, small bells and flags, and cost anywhere from 1300 to 2000 yen (depending on your decorations). Even better, you can get stamps burned into your stick at the huts along the trail. Each stamp  cost around 300 yen, and turns it into your unique souvenir! Get all the way to the top for that special summit stamp and show it off to your friends back home!

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  • Flashlight. A flashlight is necessary for those of who are determined to climb overnight to see the sunrise. Even though the trail is illuminated during the peak season, for your own safety it is still highly recommended.
  • Snacks and Water. You’ll need some snacks to support you and help you get your energy back. Especially closer to the top, when there are fewer huts and things get more expensive. Water and meals can be purchased with a correspondingly higher charge at higher altitudes. Water is definitely a must. I recommend at least four liters, more if you can carry it.
  • Cash. Huts do not accept credit cards, and you need coins to use their toilets.
  • Trashbag. Please do not litter on the mountain. If you take it up, bring it back down. Also, there are pretty heavy fines if you get caught.

Before you start your climb, visit the Tourist Information Center to get maps, ask questions, and get the emergency phone number. Please call 0555-72-1477 if you run into any trouble while climbing.

What A Climb! Now What Can I Do Around Kawaguchiko?

If you are not in the rush, there are so many things you can do around Kawaguchiko. You can explore it before your climb starts, or before you go home! The beautiful Kawaguchiko Lakes are a 20-minute walk from station and are definitely worth visiting. You can get some snacks, sit beside the lake, and enjoy a relaxing moment.

There are also several museums located in this small town. Kubota Itchiku Museum, The Museum of Art, The Music Forest, The Gem Museum and Herb Hall. They’re bound to have something you like! You can even go to Fuji-Q Highland, a popular amusement park with exciting roller coaster and haunted house. Fuji-Q Highland is only two train stops away, and is a good way to get a warm up before a second day of climbing!

As for dinner, you don’t want to miss out the traditional dish especially from Yamanashi prefecture – Houtou. There are several good restaurants in town, so be sure to check opening hours and get in before its last order! You deserve a good meal after a long day.

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If you have enough time, there is another spot you do not want to miss. The Chureito Pagoda is a five-story pagoda on the mountainside, which you can climb in about 15 minutes. The breathtaking view overlooks the whole of Fujiyoshida city and Mountain Fuji, and the view from here (as well as a picture) at the right time is going to be a cherished memory of your trip. During the cherry blossom season, this is a fantastic photography spot for that classic Mountain Fuji photo shot. To get there, take the train from Kawaguchiko station to Shimo-Yoshida Station (3 stations away). Follow the signs after leaving the station and you can easily reach the Pagoda. I was lucky enough to arrive there at sunset, and the view of Mountain Fuji surrounded by a sunset glow and cotton candy clouds, with the whole city slowly lighting up, was an amazingly beautiful sight!

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We hope you have enjoyed our guide to climbing Mount Fuji and what to do afterwards. Remember, hydrate, wear sunscreen, get a stick, and have fun!

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July 22, 2016 0 comment
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Kiso Valley Nagano Japan

Kiso Valley Nagano Japan

Not all Japan travelers want to stay in cities like Tokyo and Osaka, and that’s okay. If you are an outdoorsy type, consider heading up to Nagano Prefecture for a few days to hike the Kiso Valley Nagano Trail and staying in a tradition ryokan.

The Kiso Valley Nagano Trail runs between the towns of Magome and Tsumago. During the Edo Period, the trail was used as a part of the road between Tokyo and Kyoto.  The trail winds through the rice paddy fields, villages, and beautiful forests along the Kiso River. The entire trail is clearly marked in both Japanese and English. It is a two to three hour hike, if walked at a moderate sightseeing pace.

If you want a downhill walk, head from Magome to Tsumago. If you are looking for a challenge, do just the opposite. Both towns have Tourist Information Centers who can help with your luggage, should you have any–one center will deliver your luggage to the other if dropped off between 8:30-11:30am.  and picked up after 1:00pm. This service only operates from late-March through November, and they charge ¥500 per item.

During the summer, Kiso Valley has many opportunities for outdoor activities such as rock climbing, bicycle touring, canoeing, and kayaking. Not coming until winter? Well, that’s the perfect time to enjoy one of Kiso Valley’s many ski resorts.

But you’re not just going to walk the trail and leave, are you? Both Tsumago and Magome’s architecture are reflective of the Edo Period and are gorgeous in their own right. Once you arrive in one of the towns for the night, go the traditional route and stay in a Minshuku-style ryokan.

Kiso Valley Nagano Tourism Information Offices

Tumago Tourism Association Tourist Office

Website

 Hours of Operation: 8:30am- 5:00pm (17:00)

Address: 2159-2 Azauma, Nagiso-chou, Kiso-gun, Nagano

Phone: 0264-57-3123

E-Mail: info@tumago.jp

Ryokan in Tsumago:

Yamamizuki URARA Tsutaya

  • Address: 2012-4, Fukushima, Kiso-machi,  Kiso-gun, Nagano
  • Phone: 0264-22-2145
  • Booking: http://travel.rakuten.com
  • Expected Price: Around ¥15,000 per night

Minshuku Murachiya

  • Address: 5373-1 Yasawa Fukushima, Kiso-machi, Kiso-gun, Nagano
  • Phone: 0264-22-3186
  • Booking: https://www.tripadvisor.com
  • Expected Price: Around ¥6,200 per night

Tsutaya Tokinoyado Kazari

  • Address: 5623-2 Kaida Kogen Suekawa, Kiso-cho, Kiso-gun, Nagano
  • Phone: 0264-42-1188
  • Website: http://www.kiso-kazari.com/lg_en/
  • Expected Price: Around ¥22,500 per night

Ryokan in Magome:

Tajimaya

  • Address: 4266 Magome Nakatsugawa-shi, Gifu-ken
  • Phone: 0796-32-2626
  • Website: JapaneseGuestHouses.com
  • Expected Price: Around ¥7,000-¥10,000 per night

Magomechaya

  • Address: 4296 Nakatsugawa-shi, Gifu-ken
  • Phone: 0573-69-2038
  • Website: JapaneseGuestHouses.com
  • Expected Price: Around ¥7,000-¥10,000 per night

Iwatake

  • Address: 4254 Magome, Nakatsugawa-shi, Gifu-ken
  • Phone: 0573-69-2201
  • Website: JapaneseGuestHouses.com
  • Expected Price: Around ¥7,000-¥10,000 per night

Nearest Station: Kiso Fukushima station

“Why Go?”: It’s a great opportunity to explore the Tokyo-Kyoto road as it was in the Edo Period, and stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan!

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July 1, 2016 0 comment
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Top 5 Fall Foliage: Gotokuji Temple, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan

Though Japan’s internationally admired cherry blossoms typically come to mind when thinking of seasonal delights, the country is equally stunning during the fall. The brilliant crimson and golden leaves are a particularly nice touch of nature amidst the urban sprawl of Tokyo.

Here are 5 of our favorite fall foliage viewing spots in and around Tokyo that we recommend you visit this autumn.

A word of warning: head out early to avoid the camera and tripod-wielding photography enthusiasts that love to block the paths!

Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

 

If you’re looking for a spot to enjoy the autumn chill right in the heart of Tokyo, Yoyogi Park the perfect place to relax and and enjoy a lazy fall afternoon. You can either join in the fun and games or tuck yourself away into a quiet corner in the massive park.

Closest Stations: Harajuku Station, Meijijingu-mae Station

Fall foliage at Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo

The nearby Shinjuku Gyoen is another wonderful place to enjoy the fall colors. Unlike Yoyogi Park, there’s a small entrance fee but you’re rewarded with a stillness and quiet that make you feel as if you stepped into another universe. And once you’re ready to take on the crowds again, you can enjoy some shopping in East Shinjuku.

 

Top 5 Fall Foliage: Gotokuji Temple, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan

Gotokuji Temple in Setagaya

 

Gotokuji, Setagaya, Tokyo

You know that adorable paw-waving cat (the maneki neko) that you see everywhere in Japan? Though the story changes, one version is that one day a daimyo was passing by a temple when his attention was caught by a cat that appeared to be beckoning him in. As soon as he entered, a downpour began. Feeling grateful that he avoided the storm, the daimyo afterwards bought and restored Gotokuji temple and the maneki neko has since been associated with good luck. So it’s no surprise that you’ll find thousands of the statues here, both large and small. You’ll also see retirees relax and paint as you wander through the small, but interesting temple grounds.

Address: Tokyo-to, Setagaya-ku, Gotokuji 2-24-7
Closest stations: Gotokuji Station, Miyano-saka Station
Note: It’s not a straight shot to Gotokuji from Gotokuji Station so you may want to use Miyano-saka Station instead.

 

Top 5 Fall Foliage: Manekineko at the Gotokuji Temple, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan

 

Mount Takao

If enjoy hiking, then you likely already know of Tokyo’s best hiking. With well-maintained paths of varying difficulties (and the monkey park!), Mt. Takao is a great place to visit any time of the year. The scenery here is particularly spectacular in the fall, however, and if you’re lucky you’ll be able to see Mount Fuji on a clear day. Trails can get crowded, so this is one spot you definitely want to arrive at early.

 

Fall foliage at Hondoji, Chiba, Japan

Hondoji Temple

Hondoji, Matsudo, Chiba

Though a bit out of the way compared to some of the other spots, Hondoji temple is a great place to enjoy the fall leaves. The old wooden buildings provide the perfect backdrop to the vibrant leaves. The grounds are spacious enough that you don’t have to jostle your way through the crowds and there are a variety of buildings and gardens to look at. Simply take the Chiyoda line to Kita-Kogane station and it’s a short walk from there.

Address: 63 Hiraga, Matsudo, Chiba 270-0002, Japan
Closest Station: Kita-Kogane Station.
Note: Kita-Kogane Station is easily accessed from Tokyo via the Chiyoda line.

 

Hondoji

 

 

 

 

 

November 12, 2015 0 comment
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Shrine at Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan

Arriving at Takaosanguchi, which literally means “Mt. Takao Entrance,” you will immediately see what appear to be large hills that are either covered in lush greenery or changing autumn colors, depending on the season. As you walk towards the mountain, however, you will start to realize that these hills aren’t hills at all. And if you are an amateur hiker—like I was—you’ve got your work cut out for you.

View from Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan

 

You’ll first come to a roundabout and notice a small cable car station with chair lifts. “Yay!” you might think, but that’s not why you’ve come to Takao, is it? So head to the left side of the roundabout to take a look at the map. This map clearly labels which trail is the most difficult, easiest, and least time consuming. Each trail has its own advantages, however, and you have to find the trail that suits your personal goals best. You can, of course, proceed up one trail and come down another, but don’t forget the cable cars if you’re tired! One thing to note is that some of the trails don’t lead to the cable car/chair lift stations, so you’ve been warned.

A Brief Overview of the Trails

Trail #1 is for your casual hiker and amateurs, and it’s also great for tourists. This trail is bound to be the most crowded no matter when you go. Trail #1 has much more to offer than just a great outdoors experience. Both Mt. Takao’s Monkey Park and the highly prided “Takao-Sugi,” (Octopus-Root) cedar trees, whose roots grow in a fashion similar to an octopus’ tentacles, are located here. After you pass the trees, you’ll notice the path branches off onto Trail #4, which hosts a suspension bridge. However, you can continue on Trail #1 until you reach Takao-san Yakuo-in Temple, a beautiful Buddhist temple where you can pray for eternal happiness, or a safe journey up/down Mt. Takao. After that, the summit is only a stone’s throw away.

Suspension Bridge Mt. Takao

Monkey Park at Mt. Takao

Shrine Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan

Shrine at Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan

 

For a true walk among nature, proceed along Trail #6 at the bottom of the mountain. If you’re climbing in the spring and early summer, there will be a variety of beautiful little violets blooming along the path. Next you’ll run into Biwa Falls, a small waterfall that is said to resemble the sound of the “biwa,” —a Japanese musical instrument. Take a break here to snap a few pictures, or just relax near the peaceful serenity of the waterfall. A little further along the hike, a mountain stream flowing along the trail will accompany you on your journey. There are also a number of interesting varieties of vegetation, which is perfect for botanical lovers. At the end of this trail, you’ll have to merge into other trails in order to reach the summit—so you can finish off your wonderful hike with a beautiful view of Tokyo.

Other notables:

Cherry Blossoms in the spring.
Beer Garden in the summer (Opens around the end of June until mid October)
The changing of autumn leaves in the fall
“Diamond Fuji,” when the sun sets directly over Fuji, in the winter

Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan

Monkey Park, Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan

Monkeys at Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan

Shrine at Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan

Shrine at Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan

Shrine at Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan

 

Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan

Directions

Mount Takao is located in Tokyo, Japan just outside of Tokyo via the Keio 京王線 Line from Shinjuku station.(新宿駅) Take the Keio Line Special Express to Kitano Station (北野) (approximately 40 minutes) and then simply get on the train directly across from you and head for Takaosanguchi or 高尾山口 (approximately 13minutes).

June 9, 2015 0 comment
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