I got to have an adventure today! I went to Mt. Takao, which is a popular hike about an hour away from my apartment by train. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the changing fall colors and show off my quick walking skills. Here are some pictures!
There are about 6 trails that go up Mt. Takao. On the way down, I took the most popular route. It was paved the entire way, and I came across a temple, and several patches of shops. People everywhere.
Yummy dango! It’s a sort of…I don’t know what it is. Like mochi balls? With some savory sauce spread on the surface. The people making them will do a little chant before handing them to you. Kind of like magic!
The one place that wasn’t teeming with humans on the way down. There was a Buddhist stupa built on a little hill that required extra climbing and no one was up there, so I took the opportunity to photograph myself.
At the bottom, I walked to a graveyard I saw on the train ride to Mt. Takao. It was built up the mountain side in terraces. They used white metal fences along the terraces and as handrails, and set against the gray stone of the rock walls and shrines/tombstones/not-sure-which-word-to-use, it looked so spooky and cool, like bones!
I will need to return to Mt. Takao again soon! There are a series of peaks past Mt. Takao that I could make a nice, day-long hike out of. And the train fare is only 480 yen to get there, which is really not bad. I need to make sure I keep doing stuff like this every weekend.