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Japan Kyoto Hiking Mount Atago Arashiyama

30 October 2017

Equal best ever scenery

Hiking Mount Atago then continuing to Arashiyama via Toriimoto

I am going to cut to the chase.
Today was probably the equal best scenery I have experienced in my life, a tie with Yamadera / Omoshiroyama which is near Sendai.
Even though I was too early for peak leaf season, I took a record number of photos.
My path was from Takao (not the Tokyo Takao) to Jingo-Ji Shrine, down the nature trail along the river to Kiyotaki, up and down Mount Atago (highest in Kyoto ward) on a loop course, then further down the nature trail before going over another mountain with amazing views, before descending into Arashiyama through the old streets of Toriimoto.

Total distance, almost 40km. And if you told me I had to do exactly the same thing tomorrow, that would be fine.
Now onto too many photos.

Well almost, its halloween, which is a big deal in Japan, not sure what that means for where I go later.

Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - There are 41 photos to get through, so done expect witty banter, just matter of fact descriptions, in other words, get your scrolling wheel / swiping

There are 41 photos to get through, so done expect witty banter, just matter of fact descriptions, in other words, get your scrolling wheel / swiping finger ready.
This is at the bottom of a valley after getting off the bus at Takao before ascending to Jingo-Ji temple.
I took a direct bus from Kyoto station which took just under an hour.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - There were many red bridges today, at least 4.

There were many red bridges today, at least 4.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Ascending the steps to Jingo-Ji shremple (shrine and or temple). It had a small admission fee, I paid cause I heard theres a sporting event to partici

Ascending the steps to Jingo-Ji shremple (shrine and or temple). It had a small admission fee, I paid cause I heard theres a sporting event to participate in.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Its not peak color, but already quite colorful. Lots of old people are here. Old German people filled the bus, they seem to have a thing where they ge

Its not peak color, but already quite colorful. Lots of old people are here. Old German people filled the bus, they seem to have a thing where they get stamps for each shrine they visit.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Quite average looking, but I guess its old.

Quite average looking, but I guess its old.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Nice colors, I will say that a lot today.

Nice colors, I will say that a lot today.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - I nearly missed the best bit. I decline the map at the admission booth, but when I went back out I asked where the thing I was here for is, and took a

I nearly missed the best bit. I decline the map at the admission booth, but when I went back out I asked where the thing I was here for is, and took a map.
Should have taken a map in the first place. The walk up to it was splendid. Yes, SPLENDID.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Here is the view. I was ready to jump cause this probably cant be improved on, its all downhill from here.

Here is the view. I was ready to jump cause this probably cant be improved on, its all downhill from here.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Me pondering existence.

Me pondering existence.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - This is the sporting event I mentioned. You buy these clay discs and fling them off for luck, if you get too enthusiastic you might accidentally fling

This is the sporting event I mentioned. You buy these clay discs and fling them off for luck, if you get too enthusiastic you might accidentally fling yourself off too.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - I gave this one more of a matte look, for variety in amazing colors.

I gave this one more of a matte look, for variety in amazing colors.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Once back at the bottom, I had to joing the nature trail along the river, this is not the way! I went over thinking it was.

Once back at the bottom, I had to joing the nature trail along the river, this is not the way! I went over thinking it was.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Instead of the trail, its a big open air restaurant. There is without exaggeration about 100 metres of seating like this along the cliff.

Instead of the trail, its a big open air restaurant. There is without exaggeration about 100 metres of seating like this along the cliff.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Now I am walking along the magnificent river, yes MAGNIFICENT.

Now I am walking along the magnificent river, yes MAGNIFICENT.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - There are lots of places where you cross over on little bridges, allowing for great photos.

There are lots of places where you cross over on little bridges, allowing for great photos.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - The light was really tricky, but I think some of the photos are OK. I took a lot, many appear similar and were removed.

The light was really tricky, but I think some of the photos are OK. I took a lot, many appear similar and were removed.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Now I am at the start of Mount Atago. They give you a map! How convenient. This hike to the highest mountain in the Kyoto area is popular, and impossi

Now I am at the start of Mount Atago. They give you a map! How convenient. This hike to the highest mountain in the Kyoto area is popular, and impossible to get lost, they have a sign marker every hundred metres.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Which means this guy 'went to the forest'. Missing since 2014, hes a skeleton now.

Which means this guy 'went to the forest'. Missing since 2014, hes a skeleton now.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - There was actually not much of a view, and none from the top, so I am glad I took this on the way up.

There was actually not much of a view, and none from the top, so I am glad I took this on the way up.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - A bit more view, hard to see Kyoto all the way down there.

A bit more view, hard to see Kyoto all the way down there.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - The top was a huge shrine complex. They have electricity somehow, and toilets, but there is no road up. So this was all constructed at the top somehow

The top was a huge shrine complex. They have electricity somehow, and toilets, but there is no road up. So this was all constructed at the top somehow, long ago.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - When you think you are at the top you actually have to keep going. The markers on the trail are to the toll gate. Thankfully there is no toll anymore.

When you think you are at the top you actually have to keep going. The markers on the trail are to the toll gate. Thankfully there is no toll anymore. I couldnt believe how much work has gone into the shrine village at the top.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - The shrine itself is all wooden, and apparently houses a stone tablet of some kind, which is all sealed away not to be opened for years.

The shrine itself is all wooden, and apparently houses a stone tablet of some kind, which is all sealed away not to be opened for years.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - This is the best I could do for a view from the top, actually a few hundred metres down from the top.

This is the best I could do for a view from the top, actually a few hundred metres down from the top.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Just a random shot of the mountain path. The lower bits were all wooden/stone stairs cut into the mountain and steep. The upper bits were a wide rolli

Just a random shot of the mountain path. The lower bits were all wooden/stone stairs cut into the mountain and steep. The upper bits were a wide rolling trail, I could jog down.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Now I am back at the river. I turned the color DOWN on this shot!

Now I am back at the river. I turned the color DOWN on this shot!


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Most of the restaurants along the river seemed to still be in use, but not this one.

Most of the restaurants along the river seemed to still be in use, but not this one.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Another red bridge! There were so many I didnt even photograph them all.

Another red bridge! There were so many I didnt even photograph them all.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Although I did photograph this one twice, I almost managed to hide the sheds behind it.

Although I did photograph this one twice, I almost managed to hide the sheds behind it.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - At times the path along the river was slippery rock, but most of the time it was a very well developed path, with excellent signage, and only 10 peopl

At times the path along the river was slippery rock, but most of the time it was a very well developed path, with excellent signage, and only 10 people in total.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - More river, I am running out of adjectives.

More river, I am running out of adjectives.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Red bridge plus tunnel, what a combo!

Red bridge plus tunnel, what a combo!


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - And now surprisingly, to get back to Arashiyama I had to leave the river. You can continue along the river to another station, and its actually shorte

And now surprisingly, to get back to Arashiyama I had to leave the river. You can continue along the river to another station, and its actually shorter distance, but for whatever reason I was determined to get to Arashiyama.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - That is a railway bridge. This trail over the top of a smaller mountain was bitumen, but only used by cyclists.

That is a railway bridge. This trail over the top of a smaller mountain was bitumen, but only used by cyclists.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Some really tricky light, but thats the river I was walking along.

Some really tricky light, but thats the river I was walking along.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - More railway bridge. I missed the train going over by seconds.

More railway bridge. I missed the train going over by seconds.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - And then I descended along the cycling road through a dark wooded valley into Toriimoto, which I had no idea I was going to, but was very nice, quite

And then I descended along the cycling road through a dark wooded valley into Toriimoto, which I had no idea I was going to, but was very nice, quite a few tourists.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Its a mix of businesses and private houses, I think these people are quite wealthy, I saw nice cars in garages.

Its a mix of businesses and private houses, I think these people are quite wealthy, I saw nice cars in garages.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - One last one of Toriimoto, there were lots of expensive tiny eating houses. It was now that I realised I had forgotten to eat all day! I wasnt even hu

One last one of Toriimoto, there were lots of expensive tiny eating houses. It was now that I realised I had forgotten to eat all day! I wasnt even hungry though.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - To get back to the station I still had other shrines to go through. This one is Seiryo-Ji and is apparently a temple not a shrine.

To get back to the station I still had other shrines to go through. This one is Seiryo-Ji and is apparently a temple not a shrine.


Japan-Kyoto-Hiking-Mount Atago-Arashiyama - Last photo finally, I enjoy the contrast of the temple gate and the coke machine. I will re read this later, its probably typo riddled, time to go get

Last photo finally, I enjoy the contrast of the temple gate and the coke machine.
I will re read this later, its probably typo riddled, time to go get dinner.


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