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Mt. Takao a mini-hike with a daughter ^^) ( Day Hike / Japan Takao)

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Date:
30 Dec, 2014(Tue) [Day Trip]
Members:
tatsuca , and 1 members
Weather:
Sunny, beautiful sky.


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Cable/Ropeway
To: Used a Takao cable-car service
From: Takaosan-guchi station on Keio line

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   Go by: Train, Car
   Return by: Train, Car

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Route Details:
   8:15 Takao cable-car base station
8:21 Takao cable-car top station
via. route 1
9:10 Mt. Takao
via. route 5, 4 & 1
10:50 Takao Cable base station


Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spot, but the pavement was a little slippery with black ice in the morning.

Photos: View in slideshow
As a daughter of mine requested to go on a light hike, I chose Mt. Takao again, although I visited here a couple of weeks ago. The last time I hiked down from Hachioji castle ruins on the hill seen from the Takao station.
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As a daughter of mine requested to go on a light hike, I chose Mt. Takao again, although I visited here a couple of weeks ago. The last time I hiked down from Hachioji castle ruins on the hill seen from the Takao station.
We used a cable car this time. It was only a 6 minute's ride 480 yen. I thought 8:15 service the second one in the morning was crowded, but there were only 20 or so passengers.
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We used a cable car this time. It was only a 6 minute's ride 480 yen. I thought 8:15 service the second one in the morning was crowded, but there were only 20 or so passengers.
A poster of an enka song about Mt. Takao by a famous singer Saburo Kitajima was on the wall of the top cable station.
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A poster of an enka song about Mt. Takao by a famous singer Saburo Kitajima was on the wall of the top cable station.
The weather was nice. We could see buildings of the city of Tokyo from the viewing terrace. This place was very popular for viewing the first sunrise of the year, so it should be crowded when it'll be sunny on the New Year's day.
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The weather was nice. We could see buildings of the city of Tokyo from the viewing terrace. This place was very popular for viewing the first sunrise of the year, so it should be crowded when it'll be sunny on the New Year's day.
The main gate to Yakuoin temple. A signboard said the path to the top of Mt. Takao could be closed on the New Year's days if the traffic would be uncontrollably heavy.
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The main gate to Yakuoin temple. A signboard said the path to the top of Mt. Takao could be closed on the New Year's days if the traffic would be uncontrollably heavy.
It was 4 degrees C, but warm with bright sunshine.
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It was 4 degrees C, but warm with bright sunshine.
The main building of the temple was not crowded today.
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The main building of the temple was not crowded today.
We paid the year-end respect at the hind building.
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We paid the year-end respect at the hind building.
9:10 We reached the top. This place would become like the Hchiko-mae intersection of Shibuya on the New Year's days with viewers of
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9:10 We reached the top. This place would become like the Hchiko-mae intersection of Shibuya on the New Year's days with viewers of
Mt. Fuji As my daughter spent her elementary and middle school days in California, this was actually the first time she climbed Mt. Takao.
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Mt. Fuji As my daughter spent her elementary and middle school days in California, this was actually the first time she climbed Mt. Takao.
So naturally, she was very much delighted with the grand view.
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So naturally, she was very much delighted with the grand view.
We used the 5th and 4th route on our way back.
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We used the 5th and 4th route on our way back.
Turn left at the big restroom building into the 4th.
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Turn left at the big restroom building into the 4th.
star shaped mushrooms were seen along the 4th route.
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star shaped mushrooms were seen along the 4th route.
A hanging bridge must have been spectacular during the autumn color season.
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A hanging bridge must have been spectacular during the autumn color season.
From the 1st route, I could see a hill where the ruins of Hachioji castle were on the top. I visited there a couple of weeks ago and saw this ridge from there.
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From the 1st route, I could see a hill where the ruins of Hachioji castle were on the top. I visited there a couple of weeks ago and saw this ridge from there.
10:50 We came bacl to the foot of Mt Takao. We had buckwheat noodle with grated yam, which was a famous seasonal cuisine here. It was very nice, too.
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10:50 We came bacl to the foot of Mt Takao. We had buckwheat noodle with grated yam, which was a famous seasonal cuisine here. It was very nice, too.
But a hike with my daughter; priceless.
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But a hike with my daughter; priceless.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   As my daughter requested a light hike, I chose Mt. Takao, although I visited here a couple of weeks ago to look for ice pillar flowers.
I couldn't find any of them today, but the grand view of Mt. Fuji was superb and my daughter really enjoyed it since this was her first time to climb Mt. Takao. (Most kids who were brought up around Tokyo visited here when they were in elementary or middle school, but she was in California with me and visited Yosemite back then. )
Although it was a little too easy, the last hike of the year turned out to be a nice, memorable one.

[Rating of the overall course for middle-aged beginner hikers, like myself
* The keys used in my logs are in: http://mountrec.com/modules/diary/629-detail-455
- Required Stamina: Level 2 of 5. (If you use the cable car on both ways, the level should be "too ease".)
- Difficulty: Level 1. (No place to use a hand.)
- Acrophobic? Level 1. (No problem along the route 1, 4, & 5.)
- Get lost?: Level 1. (The signboard are very clear.)
- Photogenic? Level 2. (If the weather is not good, this could be level 1. This place is best in autumn colors or cherry blossom season. )
- Come again? Level 2. (There are many trails in this area so I have visited several times here and will be back again.)
Comments: If you want to see the ice pillar flowers, I have posted a report.
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-912.html

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-566906.html
If you should be interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html

I hope my humble hiking reports could be of some help for your memorable visit or stay in Japan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through MountRec.


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tokenzakai
Posted: 1 Jan, 2015 1:52 am  Updated: 1 Jan, 2015 1:52 am
Joined: 16 Jan, 2012
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 A happy new year!
A happy new year!
I enjoy this site, every time.
I think this site have a role to introduce Japanese mountain to person from abroad.
Then your effort is important, I hope you will be continue your activity.
And the other side, I hope person from abroad join Mount Rec more, like Japanese Yamareco.

Have a good time in mountain!

(Yontousankakuten-Tokenzakai)
tatsuca
Posted: 1 Jan, 2015 10:59 pm  Updated: 2 Jan, 2015 10:41 am
Joined: 18 Jun, 2013
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Posts: 34
 Happy new year to you too! ^^)
Thank you very much tokenzakai-san for your encouraging comment.

I'm not much of a hiker, but I hope my humble hiking reports could be of some help to people from abroad for the memorable visits or stay in Japan.

I also hope that more people will join and subscribe to this site this year.

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