|In front of the cable car station|
We had 3 guests today, 2 young ladies and a young man, all from Philippines.The 2 ladies are temporary residents in Japan, working together in Tokyo. They are friends in Philippines and the young man visited Japan to see and do sightseeing with the 2 ladies.
|legendary Octpus Ceder Tree|
We took the cable car up and walked to the top, stopping at various points of interest on the way. They were very good guests for us guides, because they listened to our guiding talk with great interest and at the same time were enjoying conversations we had as well.
|at the summit|
Unfortunately we couldn’t see Mt.Fuji on the top and started climbing down after lunch there. We hadn’t decided beforehand the route going down and asked the guests which route they would like to take. It seemed to be an easy question for the young man who said that he is a nature lover and would like to walk on the natural trail rather than on a paved road. So we took Inariyama course down, which they seemed to be enjoying all the way.to the foot of the mountain.
When we arrived back at the Takaosanguchi station, we found that the parade of “Omikoshi” (Portable Shrine) and “Shishi-mai” (Traditional Lion Dance), which were climax of the summer festival held at nearby Hikawa Shrine, would start soon. So we took them to the festival, when the parade of “Omikoshi” and “Shishi-mai” just started.
They were so absorbed by the spectacles unfolded before their eyes that we decided to finish the tour then and leave them there to let them enjoy the festival to their satisfaction. The summer festival was an unexpected something extra, that made today’s tour even more delightful for both of us guides and the guests.
|You don't know how hard it is to carry an Omikoshi up the steep steps to the shrine|
|Octopus Dumpling-popular Festival food- You can't do anything on an empty stomach|
Written by Nori