The weather was very fine today because of May ! Mild, Sunny and Perfumed breeze under the fresh green leaves of trees.So many walkers from the early morning and crowded on the way to the temple/shrine and filled with walkers all over the top of the mountain .
On May 21, total 14 visitors from JICA, mainly Africa, Middle East and Asia this time. We started to walk at 9:45 with divided two groups attended by Tengu 7 members(leader, subleader and three
observers.) Fortunately the area in front of the cable station were not so crowded than expected and easily we could get on the cable car at 10:15. And reached to the station at the mid of the mountain soon. The view from the observation deck was not so clear because of the mist at the Sagami-Bay but could see the center of Tokyo and Yokohama. After we passed the Japanese Monkey Park and Wild Plant Garden. We saw the old cedar tree which has strange shape of the roots(Octopus Cedar), hanged with sacred straw rope . We walked under the fresh air to the gate of the temple through the way of the ridge between the warm and cool area. We walked in the old cedar trees road and found the nest of the flying squirrel among the cedar trees in the valley.
The day of 21st every month means the special day for this Temple and luckily the place of the god(Izuna) was opened to see specially for the visitors. All of us could enter into this special room to see and pray this god(Izuna) attended by the monk. He served all of us the sake(alcohol). Some visitors from Islamic could not take Sake(alcohol). Later on we passed the Shrine(not the Temple) passing the red arch of the gate.There were a lot of steps. Then the lion dogs were waited our visit.
After 20 minutes’ walk we reached to the top of the mountains where filled the people all over and no place to have lunch. Finally we found some place to sit and have lunch. Then we could have lunch around 30 minutes.Today it was misty in front of the Mt. Fuji .No chance to see the Mt. Fuji today.
We walked down through the different route to the station of the chair lift. Not so crowded at the chair lift station because many people intended to walked down because of the nice climate.
Finally we reached the station at 3:30 and held the wrap up. It was so nice weather today.
Sorry for the visitors that we had to carry the garbage back home because of the no garbage campaign in this mountain. “Keep Clean!” Thanks for all.