Our today's guest was a nice lady from the U.S state of Colorado.
Because November is one of the busiest seasons for Mt. Takao, we planned to meet at Takaosanguchi station at 8:15AM to start the tour early to avoid congestion, though very favorably, she came to the station well earlier than planned time. Therefore, we could get the tour started before 8:00AM. Thank you for her cooperation. Against the weather forecasts, the sky was already threatening at 8:00AM, and it turned out that earlier start was a good choice and allowed us to get to the summit of Mt. Takao before the rain became heavy.
As for the tour route for the day, we recognized in advance that she prefers to choose going up and down on foot, so firstly we took Biwataki Road to Kasumi-dai, then took the trail No.1 for the rest of ascent. According to her, she habitually enjoys hiking at Colorado Mountains, so she was a very good walker, and went up the steep slope of the Biwataki Road without any problem. Rather, two of guides needed to walk as fast as we could to catch up with her.
On the way to the summit from Kasumi-dai, we walked on the Trail No. 1 talking about main gates, historical halls and statues along the trail, as well as species of both Colorado Mountains and Mt. Takao. Both mountains can’t be treated equally, though according to her, at Colorado Mountains, leaves are already changed their colors, and, they have got some snow in October already, while it was a bit earlier to enjoy colorful autumn leaves here at Mt Takao.
Almost at the same time we reached to the summit of Mt. Takao, the rain was getting heavier. Not to mention Mt. Fuji, we couldn't enjoy scenery from the summit, so we took quick lunch at a arbor talking about jobs and daily life of each other, then started going down from the summit.
For the return trip, we took the Trail No.4 to the Josinmon gate, then took the Trail No.1 for the rest of the descent. On the way to the foot of the Mt. Takao, although we needed to walk carefully since the trail was slippery, somehow, we could reach to the foot of the Mt. Takao safely.
During the tour, we learned that she was very busy travelling around the U.S for her job until October, however, she will be able to be at home for coming two months. So, we wish she will enjoy happy and peaceful holiday season with her family, friends and of course with her fiancé!