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Japan Tokyo Hiking Takao Mount Jinba

29 October 2018

Far beyond Takao

Hiking up Takao and all the way to Mount Jinba from Takao station to a waiting bus

Today I also went back to somewhere I went when I came to Tokyo for a weekend a few years ago. On that occasion it was pouring with rain and I bought a plastic coat from the convenience store and made it only to the top of the cable car station before sliding my way down a muddy lesser known path. It was a great time, but today was completely different and better.
The weather was ridiculously good, so good that when I was on one of the many summits an elderly Japanese man told me 'The weather is painfully amazing today, such amaze!'. And he was right.

I decided to go to Mount Takao, the most popular hiking destination in Japan, and see how far I could get with my revised setup of larger camera, and larger backpack. Both posed no issues, and I made it to my furthest of 3 options, approximately 25km total hike, which is a long way in the mountains, close to 7 hours including some running.
Much of the hiking trail features spots to take in the views of Mount Fuji, so I did that, as you will see. I twice got asked by Japanese people to take their photos, despite being covered in mud from slipping at one point, covered in sunscreen because the cheap stuff my work gave out for free does not absorb into my rugged wrinkly old man skin but did constantly run into my eyes causing them to become filled with blood, and generally being very very sweaty because I hike / run fast and dont carry a little Japanese hiking towel. So it was surprising they would give me their camera. Anyway, onto the huge number of photos. There are lots so dont expect huge long descriptions of the view, unless I get creative.

Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - Here is Takao station. It is very easy to get to and only about an hour from Ueno on the Chuo Rapid line which skips many stations. I have riddend thi

Here is Takao station. It is very easy to get to and only about an hour from Ueno on the Chuo Rapid line which skips many stations. I have riddend this line many times, it gives you a great appreciation of how huge Tokyo is.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - It is not yet peak color, that will come, but the trees still look amazing, like a computer game from the 1990's.

It is not yet peak color, that will come, but the trees still look amazing, like a computer game from the 1990's.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - The hike up to the top cable car station of Takao is more of a road, with shops, this is by all reports the number one hiking destination in Japan due

The hike up to the top cable car station of Takao is more of a road, with shops, this is by all reports the number one hiking destination in Japan due to its proximity to Tokyo, it is the easiest place to go to see Fuji.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - Obviously there will be temples. My photo is poorly framed.

Obviously there will be temples. My photo is poorly framed.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - I was happy to have a bigger backpack for its water carrying abilities. Today I did not need it. This is the top cable car station, there are vending

I was happy to have a bigger backpack for its water carrying abilities. Today I did not need it. This is the top cable car station, there are vending machines everywhere. My day had really only just begun at this point, it was a good thing I left my hotel at 6:30 in the morning.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - I believe I will be hiking all the way around to those peaks. I was excited! VERY EXCITED! So excited I slipped over in a very strange spot for no goo

I believe I will be hiking all the way around to those peaks. I was excited! VERY EXCITED! So excited I slipped over in a very strange spot for no good reason at all, I dont even know what I tripped on, but it made my entire right leg brown with mud.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - There are many views to be had of greater Tokyo as you will see. I believe many people take the cable car up at night to look at the lights. Lazy peop

There are many views to be had of greater Tokyo as you will see. I believe many people take the cable car up at night to look at the lights. Lazy people. Actually you could easily walk up to here at night, its more of a road than a path to this point.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - Extremely bright sun today. Challenging photo conditions. Still I didnt use any gradient filters to process these shots to make the sky blue. Highligh

Extremely bright sun today. Challenging photo conditions. Still I didnt use any gradient filters to process these shots to make the sky blue. Highlight recovery is great in full frame whatever nonsense camera.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - From the cable car to this temple / shrine complex is still very busy, full of brave people walking the few hundred metres in their hiking gear.

From the cable car to this temple / shrine complex is still very busy, full of brave people walking the few hundred metres in their hiking gear.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - Each of these signs represents a person who committed sepukku because he didnt get enough instagram likes.

Each of these signs represents a person who committed sepukku because he didnt get enough instagram likes.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - Now we will have a few temple photos, prepare yourself for ancient traditions.

Now we will have a few temple photos, prepare yourself for ancient traditions.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - This double headed golden dragon is blessing everyones bear scaring bells. You pay a few hundred yen to leave your bell here for a few minutes before

This double headed golden dragon is blessing everyones bear scaring bells. You pay a few hundred yen to leave your bell here for a few minutes before you head off over the mountains. It is very dangerous to hike without an unblessed bear bell.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - Every temple needs a shopping mall.

Every temple needs a shopping mall.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - I dont think I was supposed to be in this area, but I found a cave you cant stand up in with various candles and stuff at the end.

I dont think I was supposed to be in this area, but I found a cave you cant stand up in with various candles and stuff at the end.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - By now I realised if I wanted to make it to my furthest hiking option end point that I was spending too much time messing about in the temple theme pa

By now I realised if I wanted to make it to my furthest hiking option end point that I was spending too much time messing about in the temple theme park, so I hip and shouldered these people out of the way and got going.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - Why there was no one at this shrine I do not know? It is much more colorful than the others but theres no one here.

Why there was no one at this shrine I do not know? It is much more colorful than the others but theres no one here.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - HYPERVENTILATE! HERE SHE IS! This is where I was told the weather is painfully amazing.

HYPERVENTILATE! HERE SHE IS! This is where I was told the weather is painfully amazing.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - Have a bit more fuji. It has more snow than I was expecting. More than last year at this time. Perhaps it will melt again, its going to be over 20 deg

Have a bit more fuji. It has more snow than I was expecting. More than last year at this time. Perhaps it will melt again, its going to be over 20 degrees all week.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - There are many peaks to go over, most of them have a little cafe / eating area like this. However about half of them are run down or abandoned. After

There are many peaks to go over, most of them have a little cafe / eating area like this. However about half of them are run down or abandoned. After Mount Takao I went up and over a few other peaks, named Kagenobuyama, Doshoyama and finally Mount Jinba where I started my descent. It would make more sense if I named them from photos taken at that point but I cant remember which was what.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - I was trying to find new ways to photograph Fuji, this one features a tree trunk.

I was trying to find new ways to photograph Fuji, this one features a tree trunk.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - There are other far off peaks to look at other than Fuji.

There are other far off peaks to look at other than Fuji.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - A scene of utter devastation. Japan is second only to the destruction of the Amazon in their shocking deforestation.

A scene of utter devastation. Japan is second only to the destruction of the Amazon in their shocking deforestation.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - Actually I think all those trees on the left are plantation rather than old growth, but I am no expert.

Actually I think all those trees on the left are plantation rather than old growth, but I am no expert.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - This area was shown on a sign as plum blossom area, there have been many news reports of plum blossoms appearing now, at the wrong time of the year be

This area was shown on a sign as plum blossom area, there have been many news reports of plum blossoms appearing now, at the wrong time of the year because of numerous typhoons keeping the weather warm. No blossoms here though.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - A bit more view of Tokyo.

A bit more view of Tokyo.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - This wasnt even one of the main peaks I dont think? But from here you can descend to a bus stop, so it was the end point for many hikers, not me thoug

This wasnt even one of the main peaks I dont think? But from here you can descend to a bus stop, so it was the end point for many hikers, not me though!


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - The path then became the most common type in Japan, hard dirt with trunks sticking out to trip you over surrounded by cedars.

The path then became the most common type in Japan, hard dirt with trunks sticking out to trip you over surrounded by cedars.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - Fuji framed by trees with a huge highway in the bottom of the valley. There is a very long tunnel under where I am standing.

Fuji framed by trees with a huge highway in the bottom of the valley. There is a very long tunnel under where I am standing.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - That is the other side of the highway, heading back to Tokyo.

That is the other side of the highway, heading back to Tokyo.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - THE STANCE IS BACK. It never really went away. It is definitely shorts and tshirt weather today.

THE STANCE IS BACK. It never really went away. It is definitely shorts and tshirt weather today.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - I look hot and wind swept. Although it wasnt actually windy today. Apparently the weather was perfect?

I look hot and wind swept. Although it wasnt actually windy today. Apparently the weather was perfect?


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - More of greater Tokyo. How many damn pictures did I take? My fingers are getting tired and I need to head out for dinner.

More of greater Tokyo. How many damn pictures did I take? My fingers are getting tired and I need to head out for dinner.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - Another of my favorite styles of hiking trail, low bamboo. I like it more when its just low bamboo on its own but any bamboo is better than no bamboo.

Another of my favorite styles of hiking trail, low bamboo. I like it more when its just low bamboo on its own but any bamboo is better than no bamboo. Thats a fact. Actually I dont even think it is bamboo. I clearly just like saying bamboo.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - Here is a bit of color. I expected more. I guess the typhoons might be delaying autumn. Not to worry, I am here for a few weeks.

Here is a bit of color. I expected more. I guess the typhoons might be delaying autumn. Not to worry, I am here for a few weeks.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - I see these photos everywhere on the internet, so I took one myself. I used my tilty screen thing so I didnt have to tilt my neck. Convenient.

I see these photos everywhere on the internet, so I took one myself. I used my tilty screen thing so I didnt have to tilt my neck. Convenient.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - Its a dinosaur with a penis for a head! This is the top of mount Jinba, my final peak for the day. I have no idea what Cockasauras is for.

Its a dinosaur with a penis for a head! This is the top of mount Jinba, my final peak for the day. I have no idea what Cockasauras is for.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - One last view shot. The path I am on just continues all the way to fuji. I was out of time today.

One last view shot. The path I am on just continues all the way to fuji. I was out of time today.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - I knew when what time the bus departed, 25 minutes past the hour. Not that it was a big problem because they depart every hour, but I decided to run a

I knew when what time the bus departed, 25 minutes past the hour. Not that it was a big problem because they depart every hour, but I decided to run as much as I could on the way down to get the next bus, I made it! This is a fairly typical tiny mountain valley town in Japan.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Takao-Mount Jinba - And here she is, waiting for me, a bus that was at the right stop at the right time. The last stop! It took about 45 minutes for it to get back to Tak

And here she is, waiting for me, a bus that was at the right stop at the right time. The last stop! It took about 45 minutes for it to get back to Takao station. It filled up with school children who wisely stayed the hell away from me.


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