It was a fine day of a golden week, consecutive national holidays of Japan, therefore Mt. Takao had many climbers even around 9:30 in the morning when we started our tour. Guests on that day were three ladies from Republic of the Philippines. It was their first visit of Mt. Takao. On the way, they took many pictures so that they would share them with their friends. They said that Mt. Takao was very popular and their friends would enjoy those photos and feel happy for their visit.
We took trail 1 and enjoyed the scenery of downtown Tokyo area with Sky tree tower from several viewing platforms. On our way, three Japanese guides also enjoyed learning Tagalog language from the visitors. Listening to the explanations from the guides, spinning several wheels of purification of the six roots of perception, the visitors seemed to get to know Japan more than before. It is good to know one aspect of Japan though climbing Mt. Takao.
We passed a wayside teahouse at 11th level around 11 o’clock and arrived at the summit about 12:30. We were so happy to see a good view of Mt. Fuji from there. We were supposed to take a chair lift to go down but we had to wait about one hour because of the long line. We decided to descend on foot instead of taking the chair lift. The visitors were a little disappointed but they were optimistic and said they would come back again on fall, one of the best seasons of visiting Mt.Takao.
Coming back to the foot of the mountain around 3:30 pm, we said "Good-bye". We were unwilling to part from each other, though. The guides hoped they would enjoy Mt. Takao again in autumn because it has attractive points in every season.
Written by Carrie