Mt Takao Hike

We went for a short hike on the weekend up Mt Takao. It’s easy to see why this got 3 stars in the Michellin Guide – there’s not many other major world cities where less than two hours on the train, and still technically within the city, you can find yourself walking up mountain trails. We went on Trail #6 which runs along a small stream, so it was wonderful to escape the summer heat if only for a short time (though not the humidity!).

Getting into the spirit of it (recently trail running has become popular):

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The Seven Gods of Luck stand watch:

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The start of the trail proper:

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The mountain was a popular pilgrimmage site – devotees would stand under the waterfall and pray:

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Ladies enjoying a day out:

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The mountain is covered with old growth forest – amazing that it’s actually inside the City of Tokyo:

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There are stepping stones up the middle of the stream:

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 Camouflage:

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Summer flowers along the trail:

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View from the top of the mountain:

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And then back to the concrete city…

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