Day trip to Takaosan, Japan

Day trip to Takaosan, Japan

When: June 2018    weather: warm 25C

Nikon P900 Leica Q

I had a morning free whilst in Tokyo recently and decided to try a day trip to Takaosan or Mount Takao, about an hour’s train ride from Shinjuku.  Setting off from my hotel early, I took the first train at 0615 to Takaosanguchi which is the last stop on the line. Unfortunately this was the slow local train which took 1.5 hr to arrive; the limited express takes under an hour.

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Arriving at Takaosanguchi, hte last stop on the line

 

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Exiting the train station, there is a large signboard which shows the different trails

 

As the funicular was just about to leave, I took it to save me climbing half the mountain.   On disembarking, there is a pleasant path from which you can choose which trail to walk….I chose trail 3 to go to the summit.

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pleasant walk from train station to funicular railway.

 

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fairly steep funicular railway

 

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Leaving the funicular at the halfway point of Takasan, there is a pleasant walk….interestingly there was a granite ball with the word meaning “Eye’ inscribed on it!

 

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the flowers were attractive

 

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and rhododendrons were in bloom

 

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Trail number 3 afforded nice views of the surrounding mountains…

 

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but only an occasional Japanese white eye was seen..

 

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japanese white eye

 

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the trail was pretty steep and hard work in the warming morning….

 

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Finally reaching the summit, the provision of cold drinking water points was a godsend!

 

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Oriental turtle dove

 

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One of the attractions of Takaosan is that on a clear day from the summit, there is a view of Mount Fuji….as you can see this was not a cloudless day….

 

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Eventually, as the clouds drifted, a glimpse of the left side of Fujisan appeared

 

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then the summit….

 

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and then the right side of Fujisan appeared…so all in all, I did get a full view of the mountain although it was a mental composite image! 🙂

 

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The Biwa trail or trail No. 6 was the route I chose for my descent…although it says you walk by a stream, in places, you actually walk on stones IN the stream so make sure you wear a good pair of water resistant shoes!

 

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interesting flowers on trail…

 

Apart from the white eye and the turtle dove, this was a disappointing outing birdwise…there was a lot of birdsong but the thick canopy made it v difficult to spot the birds….on my descent, I stopped at an open part and finally spotted a lifer…

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Brown eared bulbul….here the brown ear can be easily seen.

 

The downward trail was easy to negotiate after the stream and nicely shaded from the sun.

 

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near the bottom of the trail you will come across these statues wearing red caps….

 

I managed to catch a quick express back to Tokyo Shinjuku and was back by 1.30pm for a late lunch.  Takaosan was disappointing for birding but interesting in the scenic area and views of Fujisan.

 

 

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