2019年12月9日月曜日

TENGU JICA TOUR


It was a severe cold morning with cloudy sky, so our meeting place was unusually not crowded with many people in spite of the late autumn leaves season. We met two young ladies from Myanmar who wore warm clothing to the cold weather. One of our guides explainged them about the famous enka singer so-called Sabu-chan who was a resident of Hachioji (“Eight Princes”) City before riding on the cable car and the history of the city after arrival at the mountain station.


The autumn foliage was nearing the last stage but our guests enjoyed the beautiful color turned yellow, orange and red. They were also very concerned about Japanese culture and tried to experience something: purifying manner before praying, finding a lot of good-luck charm for various purposes etc.




We made ascent visiting interesting places and reached the summit, and we could see snow-covered Mt. Fuji from the observatory contrary to our expectation at the bottom of Mt. Takao. Our guests were certainly so pleased.




We, too, enjoyed the cold weather walking on Mt. Takao with wonderful guests.



(Nobby)

2019年12月6日金曜日

Tour of 6th Dec.2019



Still brilliant maples quite a few and some other trees putting showy colored leaves, walking on a relatively quiet route during this busiest season of the year, an unexpected clear view of Mt. Fuji in a totally gray sky, finding a miraculously vacant table for lunch under an elegantly stretching branch of maple tree!
With these, there would be very few still complaining about having no blue sky.

Of course, today’s guests, two ladies from Malaysia weren’t exceptions.



They could enjoy these divine gifts by taking the following route.
Takaosanguchi sta. – Biwa waterfall – Biwataki Trail – Kasumidai( same level of the upper cable car station) – Trail No.1 – Summit – Trail No.4 – Chairlift station.
 Last of all I should write here is also unexpected one for us.
They were fully prepared for this day. Besides suitable wear and shoes or walking stocks, they also carry scarfs and gloves never needed in their warm home country.






                                                                  (By Sumo)

2019年12月2日月曜日

2019.11.29 TENGU private tour


It was the coldest morning in this season, but it meant the nicest weather for enjoying autumn leaves in Mt.Takao. 
We had three couples of guests from Singapore and Malaysia.  
We met at Takaosanguchi station at 9:30 and introduced each other and started the tour. 
Arriving at Takao-san cable car station, we enjoyed great view of Tokyo from Beer mount observatory.  Skyscrapers in Shinjuku and Tokyo Skytree were seen clearly.
In the Monkey house, beautiful autumn leaves of maple trees welcomed our guests.

Then we looked around many colored tree leaves at several spots.
At the main hall of Yakuo-in, our guests worshiped and made wishes sincerely.
Then we went up to the top of the mountain, and had lunch. Also Mt.Fuji showed us it’s white and lovely shape.
 




We took Fuji trail to return, which was easier to walk. 
The tour went through in the friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Finally we came back to Takaosanguchi station and ended the tour around 4 pm. 
Guided by Nosan, Ryo and written by Tack

2019年12月1日日曜日

TENGU Private Tour


Having friendly well-matched couple from Vancouver Canada our tour was held on Friday 29  November. Under the blue and bright sky with chill we expected an enjoyable day, and we took the trail toward Biwa Falls according to the request of our guests who were trekking enthusiasts.

After arrival at the view point our guests could recognize Shinjuku skyscrapers. They were concerned about Octopus (“Tako” in Japanese) Cedar Tree and told us that keeping good shape of natural forest was very important but difficult thing for us. It was quite impressive.


We visited Relics stupa in the midst of autumn foliage, and autumn colored maple leaves near Four Devas Gate were so beautiful too.
   

We reached at the summit and found an open space under the sunshine for our lunch.

Although the autumn foliage was at its best there were not so many visitors around the signpost. By cold weather, we could see Mt. Fuji thickly snowed the night before.


My good company and I enjoyed throughly with such a nice couple, and hoped that they would taste “Tako”-yaki originated in Osaka of Kansai Region where was their last destination in Japan.

(Nobby)


2019.11.25 TENGU private tour


Though it rained the previous day around Mt.Takao, it was unbelievably nice weather this day. We welcomed one young lady from Singapore. 

We met at Takaosanguchi station at 9:10 and introduced each other. Then we talked about the sweeper boy and flying squirrel at the foot of mountain and took the cable car to the middle.  

We guided through the trail #1 to Yakuo-in temple, talking about Octopus cedar tree, rich nature of mountain, 108 human desperation in Buddhism, Izuna-Daigonngen. 

At the main hall of Yakuo-in, we talked about Buddhism and Shintoism in Japan.

Then we went up to the top of the mountain, took a photo together and had lunch.
Mt.Fuji was seen with some cloud on the top. 
We took trail #4 and walked through the quiet forest. We chose chair lift to return. 
At the lift station we enjoyed gorgeous autumn leaves like the photo above.
Finally we visited 599 museum and watched a projection mapping.
The tour went through in the friendly and relaxed atmosphere.


Guided by Michi and written by Tack.

2019年11月20日水曜日

TENGU November Regular Tour


Having two guests from Philippine and India our tour was held on 17 November. The area in front of the station was crowded with many arriving travelers as expected: the day satisfied all three conditions like Sunday, good weather and autumn foliage season.
We took the trail No.6 along a mountain stream toward Biwa Falls and then made an ascent of Biwataki Falls Road. After a little hardship we could see Tokyo Skytree from the nearby scenic point. There were a lot of visitors who looked like fun on the approach to Yakuoin Temple.

Biwa Falls
Joshinmon Gate
 We visited Relics stupa where leaves started turning red, and we had lunch under a beautiful foliage of maple trees.
At Yukien with guests
Maple tree


In the precinct of the temple our guests showed a great interest in Japanese spiritual enlightenment: span the stone ring, purified their hands and washed small changes etc.
Stone ring
Hand-wash basin
 
Washing money
Since the season of autumn leaves just started visitors to Mt. Takao would be able to enjoy the colorful and beautiful nature from now on.
By good luck, we were successful to have a view of Mt. Fuji, and then made a descent through the trail No.4 and No.1 to reach another view point where we could see the yellow-colored ginkgo tree line of Hachioji City.
Mt. Fuji
Ginkgo tree line
How wonderful day with our guests and observers it was.
(Nobby)

2019年11月18日月曜日

TENGU PRIVATE TOUR ON NOVEMBER 14, 2019


It was fine day in that morning. 
We met four guests near the exit of KEIOU Takaosan Guchi station at 9:20 a.m.

Our guests were two from Singapore(Husband & Wife ), another two from Shanghai, China.(young couple)

At first, we exchanged greetings each other.

Then, we made sure of Today’s tour plan and explained about matters to be attended to the tour.

Our guide began at the sweeper boy stone statue, flying squirrel bronze statues and the statue of Saburo Kitajima who was

 a famous melancholic Japanese song’s singer .

We took the cable departing the station at 10:00 a.m. and it was crowded.

Autumn leaves through the window began on the top of trees.



After we left the cable car, our guests went to the store to buy  MITSUFUKU dumplings having sweet Miso taste and they looked like happy to eat it.

After that, we took them at the observatory and they enjoyed the panoramic views, though it was a little hazy

One of their tour plans was to visit the Monkey’s garden. So, we all entered into the garden. They took several photos of monkeys such as the leader, a baby and mother.

After we left the garden, the highlights of Mt. Takao, such as Octopus cedar tree, , Treasure house of plants and flowers, Jinben Dou Shrine, Chestnut tiger ( travelling butterfly), Relic Stupa, Shitenno Mon Gate, Eight Dragons Statue, Yakuoin Temple ,Gongen Do Shrine were guided.
We arrived at the summit at 12:40 p.m. It was behind the schedule because our guests were so busy to take photos.
We could see Mt. FUJI, however it was dark in shadow.
We took our guests to MOMIJI DAI for lunch. One of guests challenged to have a TORORO SOBA which was put grated yam on the buck wheat noodle and he looked like to enjoy it. Others had SOBA noodles without TORRO.
We left there at 1:30 p.m. and we took the trail 5(north), trail 4 , trail 1. in order to go down.
Before arriving at the suspension bridge on the trail4, NABE took young couple at the LOVE tree and was asked to take several shots. They looked so happy hand in hand. Finally, we took chair lift to get the foot of Mt. Takao.
One of guests took the video while taking the lift and young couple bought a photo.
We believe they could make happy memories .
We arrived at the foot of Mt. Takao and exchanged
“GREETINGS of SAYONARA” each other at the KEIO
 Takaosan Guchi Station at 3:30 p.m.

WRITTEN by NABE

2019年11月13日水曜日

2019.11.11 TENGU private tour


Though in the early morning it rained a lot around Mt.Takao, it was cloudy by the sunrise. Four guests booked this tour, but two of them cancelled, finally two ladies from Australia were guided by three TENGU members. Since one of guests would like to see a waterfall, we planned the walking route from Biwa-taki to Yakuo-in temple then the summit. However due to the rainfall, we changed the route that Biwa-taki came to the final spot.  

We met at Takaosanguchi station at 9:30 and introduced each other. Then we talked about the sweeper boy and flying squirrel at the foot of mountain and took the cable car to the middle.  

When we arrived at Takaosan station the atmosphere was a bit hazy. This mysterious landscape was also tasteful, though we couldn’t see skyscrapers nor Sky tree.

We guided through the trail #1 to Yakuo-in temple, talking about Octopus cedar tree, rich nature of mountain, 108 human desperation in Buddhism, Izuna-Daigonngen. 
At the main hall of Yakuo-in, one of our guests told that 11.11(November eleventh) was the good fortune day to make wishes in Australia. And amazingly we were there at11:11am. It was 11.11.11:11.


Then we went up to the top of the mountain, took a photo together and had lunch. An alley cat welcomed us. The haze was cleared already, but unfortunately Mt.Fuji was covered by thick clouds.
We took trail #4 and Biwadaki trail to return, walked through the quiet forest.
At Biwa-daki fall we heard a powerful voice of the man who was doing self-discipline under the water fall.
The tour went through in the friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Finally we came back to Takaosanguchi station and ended the tour around 3:30pm.

Guided by Nosan, Misa and written by Tack.

2019年11月6日水曜日

2nd Nov. 2019 Beginning of November at Mt Takao


    
Today it was first day of three-day weekends in November, 2019, so we started the tour earlier than usual, and directly went to Kiyotaki-station from Takaosanguchi station to avoid long waiting time for getting on the cable car.

We performed orientation for Today’s hiking tour out of top cable car 
station and organized two groups.
The six guests were from five countries; Myanmar, Viet Nam, Egypt, Kenya and Afghanistan.
It was less crowded than we expected, so we could take a leisurely walk under the autumn sky at our own pace.

I enjoyed chat with guests from Viet Nam during the hiking
-       Ho Chi Minh City is commercial city, and Hanoi City is Capital and Governmental city. 
     It looks Osaka and Tokyo in Japan.
I recalled Ivela auripes ; Kiashi-Dokuga when I saw photo of a swarm of white butterflies that fills the sky and ground in Viet Nam.





Today it was fine, but we could not see view of Mt. Fuji from the summit of Mt.Takao due to distant clouds,
We had lunch time near to the summit, and we asked guests to complete the two survey sheets from Hachioji city government and Hachioji Visitors & Convention Association.
We used 4th trail for going down. Sumo-san presented “Lover’s threes” along a way.

In beginning of November autumn leaves are still early usually.









                                                                        Today we could not see colored leaves at all except limited spots.

We used the chair lift for going down. Waiting time for chair lift was 20min. It was shorter than last year (50min).

We wrapped up successfully in front of Kiyotaki station.

We stop by the information center on the way home and Guests replaced the complete survey sheets with novelties; Japanese folding fan and Tin badge.
They graduated from Mt. Takao hiking there!


Thanks to the guides and Supporters everybody returned here without any troubles.



                                                                                                                      By Tim