Report of JICA tour on 3rd August

After a long rainy season, a harsh summer has come. Today, we have 4guests from Myanmar, Pakistan, and Jordan, and have a visitor. We started the tour on time. In spite of a high WBGT, many people were in front of the station.

 We took the cable car at 10 a.m. and enjoyed nice scenery.  Around the upper Cable car station, mountain lilies and Chestnut Tigers Butterfly welcomed us.

A lot of religious structures are on the way to Yakuo-in Temple and in the temple. Our guests were very interested in them. Therefore our guides could explain with passion・・・for example, about worldly desires, relationship with Shintoism and Buddhism, Izunadaigongen that is the principle image of Yakuo-in temple and so on.
 Under strong sunshine, we went up many steps to the top of the mountain. It was like a hard training for mountain monks!

 We reached the top at 12:30. Today, Mt. Fuji was covered with clouds. Our member reserved benches for our lunch time. So, we could have lunch smoothly. After that, we made cranes from special Japanese paper.
At 1:15, we went down trail 1Irohanomori-trailtrail 4trail1at last, we took a chair lift. It was the highlight of today’s tour. Because, it was exciting and we could see a nice view. We had to say good-by at the lower Cable car station. We hope today’s tour will be a good memory of our guests.

(written by Kate)


“Wish Upon a Star” Tour with guests from JICA

The day before Tanabata, the Star Festival. We welcomed seven guests from seven countries. They are from Libya, Nigeria, Zambia, North Macedonia, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, and Cambodia who are taking part in JICA program. 

Today’s hiking tour was so special. After having lunch on the top of the mountain, we all enjoyed experiencing Tanabata, one of Japanese cultures. We sang a song of Tanabata-sama, Japanese children’s song, and wrote their wishes on colorful paper strips in their mother tongue, and then hung them on bamboo branches, wishing upon a star.

Explaining today’s routes before the tour

In the cable car
Observation Deck
Jyo-Shin-Mon Gate (Spiritual Purification Gate)
Shi-Tennoh-Mon Gate( Four Guardian Gods Gate)
Water Basin for Purification
Writing their wishes on the colorful paper strips
Their first experience of Tanabata
Happy smiles after the tour

Hope their wishes come true

(Reported by HIDE)


Private tour on 22th May

Because of the unusual storm yesterday, we had a very few hikers today. Ideal mountain walk, pleasant breeze, fresh green trees after the rain and a congenial company, what more do you wish for. We were greeted by gorgeous “Sekkoku” (Dendrobium)in full bloom at the cable car station. There was another pinkish one at the arrival. A GOOD START!
Our guests today know Japan quite well. They are Japanese American and come here twice a year. They even walked the Kumano Kodo Trail- 8 hours long hike. Probably most of our guides have never walked that world heritage pilgrimage road. They visited Bonsai garden in Saitama. Jody makes bonsai himself and bought a rhinestone container as a gift for himself.
In front of Iizunagongendo, Keita used his beautifully illustrated chart of Shinto and Buddhism and Shugendo syncretism.
At noon there were a lot of small children having lunch and playing near our usual resting place. At our secret hideout, all tables were open. We had a comfortable lunch, but at about the end of our meals, caterpillars here and there. More and more we noticed on the rucksack, on the shirt, on the pants and so forth. That’s right, we had the information of the recent outburst of Kiashidokuga caterpillars from our colleague. Time to leave.
On the trail No.4 Keita pointed out, Gaku-utsugi, Maruba-utsugi- white tree flowers along the way, and Ebine. We also noticed a lot of Yukinoshita and Shaga flowers on No.1 trail.
Jody kept rotating the wheel of perception stones every time he found one. Each time he got the sign, he was asked what it was by two ladies. Twice he got the “tongue” out of six senses. On that Patricia’s comment, you got it again “ Watch out your tongue.” He likes gardening and has all kinds of flowers and plants. He said, “ I like plants. They don’t talk back to you”

We were glad that Nancy could join us, because Patricia seemed to enjoy talking with Nancy all along the way. I’m sure they enjoyed each others company.
Thank you for good ice cream at 599 museum and a gift of GODIVA chocolate 
for each of us.   
With fond memory Ryo.



Monthly regular tour 21st April, 2019 No.2

We had 12 guests today, who were divided into 2 groups, namely a group going up by the cable car and one climbing up on foot. This blog covers the climbing up on foot group, consisting of 7 guests and 3 TENGU guides (Shin, Keita and Kimie).
 We chose Trail No.6 to climb up because one of the guests said, “I would like to be healed by rich nature.”Indeed, Trail No.6 has rich nature such as many plants, animals, beautiful stream and a big waterfall.

We climbed up with twice short break then we arrived the summit.

 We went down Trail No.1 going through Yakuoin Temple. The 7 guests were very interested in Yakuouin Temple.

 We were so lucky to see inside of Buddhist Stupa because today was the day of the Spring Festival of Yakuoin Temple.

We used Chair Lift to go down and we said good bye in front of Kiyotaki station.

I want to see them again.          (by Kimie)


Reiwa, New era’s first hiking tour welcomed by thunder and rain

On May 4th, we held a hiking tour greeting 6 guests of JICA from Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Tonga, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar. Other than that, a Japanese enrollment applicant. The weather was fine with a little bit cloud in the distance.
 We met up at Takaosan-guchi station around 9:30AM. Today, a lot of people were visiting Mt. Takao. This year the golden week vacation lasts 10 consecutive holidays from April 27 to May 7. Thanks to celebrating holidays of new era, Reiwa.

The Japanese calendar is based on the number of years the Emperor has been in the throne. Former Emperor stepped down at the end of April. From May 1, new Emperor ascended the throne. So, until the end of April was Heisei 31. From May 1 is Reiwa 1. Heisei era (1989~2019) lasted 30years.

The fresh air and green leaves made us comfortable. We took cable car for going half way up, then Trail no-1. At the Kasumi-dai observatory, we could see plural buildings in the direction of central Tokyo. Usually we can recognize the skyscrapers of Shinjyuku, but today spring haze disturbed it. On the way to the Yakuo-in temple, guiding some spots. We reached to the top before 1 pm, where were very crowed and spring mist also prevented to look at Mt.Fuji.

For going down we took Trail no-4, which is a narrow mountain path. Along it there is a suspension bridge.
On the way to Joushinmon-gate, sky was gradually changed into darkness, then we heard several loud thundering. Then there was also terrible rain.
Because of this sudden encounter of thunderstorm, the operation of cable car and chair-lift were suspended. We walked to the foot of Mt.Takao, arrived there around 15:30 safely.
Guests wished to get on the chair-lift but couldn’t. We always welcome you guiding next opportunities. We ended this tour with the memories of nature’s greatness and fury.   (Comson)


Monthly regular tour 21st April, 2019

We had 12 guests today, who were divided into 2 groups, namely a group going up by the cable car and one climbing up on foot. This blog covers the cable car group, consisting of 5 guests, 2 TENGU guides and a tour observer, who is interested in joining TENGU.
All the 5 guests are young and happy ladies and gentlemen from Iceland (an Austrian by nationality), Germany, India, Hong Kong and U.S.A. 
The weather was perfect and we started the tour in high spirits!

It happened to be a Spring Festival Day of Yakuoin-Temple, one of the destinations of our tour.
Praying for sound and healthy growth of their children, parents were taking them to the temple, who are dressed in a special dress for the day.

Many ceremonies and events were held at the mountain and the temple. Performance of traditional Japanese drums and Lion Dance attracted many visitors.
Unfortunately, we could not see Mt.Fuji due to cloud.
We took photos at the summit to prove our great achievement.

After lunch, we took No.4 Trail, crossing the famous suspension bridge and climbed down via No.1 Trail to the cable car station at the foot of the mountain, where we happened to meet the other group.
We took photos of both groups together and ended the tour there in a happy and festive mood.

(By Nori)