This Saturday, a group of us went to climb Mt. Takao and see the Autumn Leaves (Koyo). The weather was absolutely perfect; the sky was clear, it was really sunny, and there wasn’t a drop of rain in sight.
We were asked to meet up at Kunitachi station at 9.30am and we caught the train for Takason-Guchi Station at 10am after waiting for everyone to arrive. I think there was about 25+ people in total – a pretty big group, but the more the merrier I say!
It seems that everyone else in Japan (well in Tokyo anyway) thought that going to climb Mt. Takao this weekend would be a good idea as there were SO many people. Old people, young couples with their newborns, people with their hand-bag dogs – you name it, they were there at Mt. Takao today!
Mt. Takao is 599m tall and it’s only 30 odd mins away from Kunitachi station. We arrived there almost coming up to 11am, and set off for the summit.
Along the way there you can pick up a snack to eat, such as Dango, ice-cream, ramen etc. There’s so much food and it all looked so tasty! It was a bit expensive but I thought it was worth it to eat food that I hadn’t tried before.
The scenery was so beautiful and the air was so clean. I found that my cold had virtually disappeared while we were there!
It took a while to reach the summit as we had to move pretty slowly since there were so many people. You can eat up on the summit but I brought my own bento lunch to save a bit of money hahaha!
There are various things to see on the way up to the summit, such as shrines etc.
On the way back down, we took a slightly different route – it was more dangerous as there were no handrails or anything of the sort, so if you’re not careful you could easily slide down the mountain face…
Some of us took the cable car back down to the main meeting point, but I decided it would be more fun to walk. We had to wait for those who did to arrive, but I managed to take some nice evening shots.