Today, we have two guests from Taiwan and his Japanese university friend.
We started the tour around 9:45. Despite of cold weather, many people were in front of the station, since it was fine Sunday.
At Kasumidai observation deck we enjoyed the view of Kanto Plane. High rise building in Shinjuku, Tokyo Sky Tree, Yokohama Landmark Building or so.
The view from the Jyuuicchoume-teahouse was good, Sagami Bay was shining, and we could even see Eno-shima and the Boso Peninsula.
The Octopus Cedar was decorated with shimenawa to welcome the New Year.
Learned the legend about the Octopus Cedar, we put our hands on the Hippari-dako wishing for good luck!
While explaining the vegetation of Mt. Takao on the ridge road that separates the cold temperate forest from the warm temperate forest, powder snow began to fall, we felt the arrival of winter.
The Stump Theater was decorated with paper dolls of Santa Claus and a Christmas tree, creating a Christmas mood.
At the board of TRAVELLING BATTERFLY(CHESNUT TIGER), a guide explained that it can move long distance. Then a guest added that there were persons in TAIWAN checked the marking on the chestnut tiger arrived there. It was the first time that we knew such an activity in TAIWAN.
It is said that the great tengu and small tengu, who are the divine envoy of Izuna Daigongen ( ruler of this mountain), pays off the bad luck of the people and brings good luck by his spiritual fan.
If you wash money with the water of the Eight Great Dragon Kings, it will increase.
The view from the summit was good, but shy Mt. Fuji did not show us her face.
And perhaps because of the Diamond Fuji season, there were many visitors on the summit.
When we entered into the narrow cave shrine of Benzaiten, the goddess of music and commerce, we saw some people praying eagerly , so we turned back.
Although the peak of the autumn leaves was past, but some maples still showed beautiful gradations in the bright light.
Eventually, we came back to the foot of the mountain at 2:45 pm and took photos with our guests again in front of the Kiyotaki Station (i.e. the cable car station).
Usually, we say good bye to our guests at this point, but this time as they showed some interest about plant or so, we lead them to TAKAO 599 Museum to show some plant samples and so on.
from TAKAO 599 MUSEUM
(written by Keita)投稿者 TENGU Takao-san English Volunteer Guide Club