Thursday, October 17, 2013

Mt Takao

Recently some friends and I went to Mt Takao, a small but pretty mountain in the south of Tokyo. Every summer it has a beer garden at the summit, so we wanted to go before it closed. I went twice last year and it was super fun, and this time was no different! 

We took the long route up, so it took us about an hour and a half to hike to the summit. There's a paved route to the top that takes about 45 min, but it's not as pretty! 

A stream

A mini shrine

A wood bridge

I'm working on my selfie skills, lol

Nice view

This guy is a tengu. Tengu are kind of like spirits who live in the woods. The shrine at the top of Takao has lots of tengu imagery.

This one had a dragonfly perched on the end of his sword.


Views and a successful selfie!

Anyway we had a great time hiking up, then we had a great time at the beer garden! It's a great beer garden, it's two hours all you can eat and drink, and you don't feel too guilty about it because you just hiked up a mountain to get there, haha. I'm glad we got a chance to go again before it closed!