The JICA tour on June 2, 2018

It was a sunny day and a little bit hot.
At around 9:30, there were totally 15 persons from JICA arrived Takaosanguchi station, We divided them into 3 groups. A group, B group and C group.Ad I was one of the tour guides for B group.There were 6 guests in B group and all were women.They are from different countries, which are Vietnam,Mongolia, Sri Lanka( and Bhutan.)We set out at around 9:50 which was a little bit late than usual.On the way to the cable car station, the lady who comes from Mongolia bought a hat in a hat shop because it was quite hot and she didn’t have a hat.When we ride on the cable car, we gave a small guide to our guests that the cable car will bring us to the middle of mountain via the steepest slope of Japan.All of them were surprised and excited about it.After we got off the cable care, we arrived at the observatory area.Unfortunately, Tokyo sky tree tower wasn’t visible due to a lot of cloud.We continued our guides regarding regular spots from Octopus-cedar tree to Sengenjinjya Shrine. Since most of our guests are from Southeast Asia and they have religion of Buddhism, they showed big interests on our guides of temples. Because Mt.Takao contains both Buddhism and Japanese specific religion what is called Shinto in Japanese. When we got to the main hall of Yakuou-in temple, the lady who is from Mongolia brought a incense stick and burn it in the burner.It was our first time to see guest payed money for it. Though it just costs 100 yen, we thought that she is a rich people. We arrived at the summit at around 12:30. Unfortunately, Mt. Fuji wasn’t visible because of cloudy weather.Then we had a lunch at the top of Mt.Takao, after that we left at 13:00.We took the trail No.4 to get down the mountain.There is a bridge called Miyama bridge, which is a suspension bridge in trail No.4 Our guests were excited and took some photos when they walked cross the bridge.The most exciting moment for our guests was the chair lift, because it was first time for them to take the chair lift, and some of them were scared of it at the beginning, after we explained that it was a quite safe attraction, finally they told that they would like to try. When we reached to the KIYOTAKI station, all of them said that it was very exciting and they could see very fantastic view from chair lift. Lastly, they told that they were satisfied with the tour and we said goodbye to them at 2:30 PM.


Hiking tour on June 2nd

On this time of early June, the rainy season has been supposed to set in at Tokyo. Mt.Takao, located within an hour of down town Tokyo, has also been so without an exception. It is said the rainy season sets in from next week. The weather of today was fair with occasional clouds fortunately and we had 17 guests from JICA, 2 enrollment applicants to our club and university student who hoped to interview a guide. We were divided into three groups, each group for 2 or 3guides, then left about 9:40AM. The fresh green leaves made us pleasant.
We got on a cable car for going half way up then took Trail no-1. At the Kasumi-dai observatory, we could see plural buildings in the direction of central Tokyo. Usually we can recognize the skyscrapers of Shinjyuku, but today spring haze disturbed it. On the way to the Yakuo-in temple, guiding some spots then we enjoyed talking about the concerns they had after arriving japan.
We reached to top around noon, where were very crowed and spring mist also prevented to look for Mt.Fuji. We took lunch there with smaller groups or acquaintances. During lunch time an accident happened but to turn out to be all right later.
We took Fujimichi-way for going down which path was along many kinds of trees and fresh air was blowing in. It had been very comfortable. From Yakuoin-temple we joined Trail No-1 then taking chair-lift from the Sanjo-station riding 12 minutes to Sanroku-station. Around at 3PM, in front of Kiyotaki-Station which is for cable cars, we took photos together. Almost of the guests were first time to visit Mt.Takao and seemed to be having a lot of fun. That was our pleasure. 
Wishing this opportunity helps them to know more about Japanese unaffected nature, history and people, we finished this hiking tour. (Comson)


Blog for May22 Tour

Not using cable car is a theme for today.

And, we took the trail No.6 bearing in mind that we might go farther up to another peak called Kobotoke-Shiroyama reachable by a walk of some one hour from Mt. Takao.

Our guest, Ms. Connie a lady from Philippines, has a plan to climb up Mt. Fuji during her next visit to our country (the forth of her career), and this was a training for that event, a sort of.
So, we tried to walk a bit faster, or tried not to stop so often for guiding, though we were often forced to stop because of a big group of pupils of primary school of no less than 200.

She has a very good character of out-going, and was very talkative and even seemed to have no moment of silence.

So, my colleague Nosan and I had a quite easy time all day long.

Though we couldn’t reach the summit of Kobotoke-Shiroyama, and compromised at a plateau called Momiji-dai, she could complete the walking up and down all the way.

I thought it was quite something for her only on the second day of her journey after a long flight.
Thank you, and congratulations, Ms. Connie.         (by Sumo)


The tour on the 24th May

The tour on the 24th May,2018

Today’s guests were about 30 people, visiting Japan from all over the world for some important conference in Tokyo, who had decided to visit Mt.Takao for a break between their busy conference schedule. 

We, 4 guides for today’s tour, were waiting anxiously for the guests at Takaosanguchi railway station under ominous black clouds with occasional lightning and thunder.
They arrived at 2pm as scheduled and after introducing ourselves and giving them necessary advice for the tour, we started for the cable car station, when it began to rain.
Though they were well prepared for the rain, having vinyl rain coat, we were worried if we could give them an enjoyable tour.

The sky looked more and more ominous and when we arrived at the cable car station, we were told that the service had been suspended due to possible lightning and had to wait until the thunder cloud went away.

After 15minutes or so, the service resumed and we were in the cable car. When we arrived at the upper station, we found the black clouds had disappeared and the weather was rapidly improving. There, the guests were divided into 4 groups, each led by one of the 4 guides and the 4 groups started the tour separately.
A Chinese guest asked me if there was any guide who speaks Chinese but I was sorry that we are TENGU, Takaosan English Volunteer Guide Club!  

Because the starting time was late today (usually it is 9:30am), we planned to make Yakuoin-Temple our destination, without usual walk up to the top of the mountain. Thanks to the weather, not so many visitors were around, making it possible for us to proceed with the tour on our own pace and rather effectively in a limited time.

By the time when we arrived at Yakuoin-Temple, the sky was blue and even the sun was shining and we all, guests and us guides, were enjoying the beautiful fresh green all around.

Though October and November are the most popular season for Mt.Takao, May is equally splendid time to visit the mountain.

Having said this, I thought of beautiful scenery of the mountain in summer and winter time and I tell you that you will never be disappointed whatever time of the year you visit here. Come and see Mt.Takao not once but many times in different season!

We took the cable car down and arrived back at the lower station at 4:30 pm, 30minutes later than the scheduled time but it’s not bad, considering the circumstance.

We broke up there after taking group photo. Some of the guests were going to the public hot spa nearby. It must be the first experience for many of them and I am interested to know their impression.

We thank you, all the guests to join our tour and hope it mentally and physically refreshed you, who were to work hard the next day.

Written by Nori  


Report of JICA tour on May 5th, 2018

The pleasant wind, the brilliant sunlight and the fresh green leaves made us all feel happy.On such a beautiful day, we had 3 guests, lovely young ladies from JICA. “May 5th” is the Children’s Day in Japan and is also a national holiday. There were already so many hikers on the foot when we started the tour. Despite congestion, we were able to get on the cable car with little waiting time. 
Then we took Trail No.1 and headed to the summit via Yakuo-in temple. In front of the Wild Grass Garden, one of the guides introduced a famous HAIKU (Japanese shortest style of poems) sang about violets by Basho Matsuo. Mt. Takao is famous as a mountain of violets. The guests seemed to be impressed by it. 

We reached the top at 12:30 and fortunately we found vacant tables for lunch. After lunch, another guide gave a short lesson of ORIGAMI to the guests. She taught them how to fold “Japanese traditional helmet” which is a symbol for boys on Children’s Day. They were good at folding origami!  
For our return, we took Fujimichi way and chair lifts. While waiting for our turn to ride the chair lifts, we enjoyed eating ice cream or dumplings and chatting with guests. There we also took a photo with them together. Thanks to our wonderful guests, we had a great time with them. 
Written by Sally


The private tour on May 1. 2018

On 1st in May, we had guests from Australia. We got on the cable car and enjoyed its steepest part as always.
   Japanese beech tree close to the upper cable car station was bearing a lot of fruits or nuts.
We walked under sunshine filtering through various kinds of  leaves.

We took lunch at Momiji-dai further to the top. And descending by trail 4. During the day, we spent in the greenery of the mountain forest.                      Written by Kate


The private tour on April 21,2018

Today we had two guests from USA (Houston). They are working colleague in the same BBQ restaurant there, so we had a lot of talk about Japanese food. They liked Sushi, but they were not good to use chopsticks.

We got on the cable car that is the steepest in Japan, so they said it’s like a roller coaster in amusement park. We pretended to release hands hold, Yippee ! When we reached to Takao BBQ garden. They were so excited because they work in a BBQ restaurant, as mentioned above. On the observation deck there, we had really nice view.

At Yakuo-in temple, we saw mountain priests and their fire ritual. They cast a question, whether or not a priest can get married. We explained now Buddhism society is modernized, so they can get married. They live in the temple outside Mt. Takao and commute to here. Sometimes they drive a car.

 At the top of mountain, we could see Mt. Fuji, and it’s so nice weather and so warm. We are so lucky.
We got down by the chair liftenjoying the grand view. They seemed to have enjoyed the tour very much and we, too, enjoyed the tour with them.
 (by Guchi)