Luckily for us, it was a perfect day for hiking.
Our guests were 10 foreigners from various countries, such as Germany, Spain, Philippine, Scotland, the US and 3 Japanese.
They visited Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum in the morning and had lunch at Rokuzan-Tei, which is located near Takaosanguchi station, then came to Mt. Takao. Their wives or mothers attended the congress at the central Tokyo on that day.
They said, “Our wives are working and we are walking!”
This tour started from 2 pm and was planned to be back to the foot until 4:30. We took the cable car as soon as possible.
After we reached the upper Cable car station, we asked them to be divided into two groups; A-group who wants to go to the summit and B-group who doesn’t need to go to the summit.
I took charge of A-group. Guests were 5 middle-aged men, 2 young men and a woman. I briefly guided Octopus Cedar tree, Joshin Gate, Jimpen Hall, Men’s Slope & Women’s Slope, Donators’ names, Four Heavenly Kings’ Gate, Temizuya, Tengu statues, Yakuo-in Main Hall, Izunagongen-dou.
The schedule was so tight that A-group had to hurry to the top.
They seemed to enjoy hiking, listened to me and gave me some interesting questions.
“Why are those stone statues wearing red bibs and hats?”
“Why are many Japanese people wearing white masks?”
“Why do Japanese women put their hands on their mouths when they laugh?”
Tim took charge of B-group. Guests were a ten-year-old girl & her mother, two men and a woman.
B-group went to the observation tower at first and enjoyed the scene from there. Then they walked to Yakuo-in Temple and enjoyed plenty of free time in the precinct.
A-group reached the summit about 3:15 and had a short break. Unfortunately we couldn’t see Mt Fuji. So I showed them a picture of clear Mt Fuji instead. They took a picture of that picture. At 3:30 we began to descend. This time we walked on Fuji-Michi. After joining B-group, we took the down cable car together.
Around 4:30, in front of Takaosanguchi station, we said good-bye to them and went to their bus to see them off.
Surely both we and guests had a good time.
Written by A.Suzuki