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Japan Tokyo Hiking Mount Tsukuba

28 October 2019

Expensive trip to small mountain

Daytrip to hike Mount Tsukuba using public transport

Today I went to the second most popular mountain near Tokyo, Tsukuba. Strangely I have not been here before, I thought I had, but my memory was wrong. I checked and now know that on a rainy day when I came to Tokyo for the weekend a few years ago I actually went to Takao not Tsukuba. It is a little bit surprising that I had not been here before, but now that situation is fully remedied with great remediation.

As the title alludes to, it was really quite expensive! You have to take a private railway, the Tsukuba Express, then a 40 minute bus ride. All up to go there and back cost over $50! Extorionistic I say.

For many people the cost would be much higher as you are supposed to take 2 cable cars, of course I mocked them and threw rocks at them and hiked.

Something I predicted would happen at some point on this trip already happened, the main trail was closed due to fallen trees. I suspect I could have just ignored that and found a way around them, but since there were other trails to choose from on this mountain, I decided to heed the warnings. It did seem strange when the hikers that got off my bus all went the wrong way, turns out they were right and I was wrong.

Anyway, despite the high cost, it was a good day of hiking a small mountain, it serves as a warm up for longer, more boring hikes to come, so heed my warning.

Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - Frequently, when I get to the start of the trail, I cannot actually take a photo of the mountain because it looks like a wall of trees with no peak. T

Frequently, when I get to the start of the trail, I cannot actually take a photo of the mountain because it looks like a wall of trees with no peak. To remedy that, today I took a photo out the bus window. There are actually 2 peaks to climb, the male and female peak. I climbed both. This photo came out really well considering its taken through glass from a moving bus.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - The view from the bus stop was decent. A bit hazey today, absolutely no wind, definitely shorts and t-shirt weather.

The view from the bus stop was decent. A bit hazey today, absolutely no wind, definitely shorts and t-shirt weather.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - Hard to get lost, the giant red gate shows you the way. Those are some nice powerlines too!

Hard to get lost, the giant red gate shows you the way. Those are some nice powerlines too!


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - Obviously there will be a shrine. Both trails up start from here, turn left for one, turn right for the other.

Obviously there will be a shrine. Both trails up start from here, turn left for one, turn right for the other.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - DAMN IT! As I said, theres more than one path up, and a different way again most of the way down. Its convenient that they added English to the sign,

DAMN IT! As I said, theres more than one path up, and a different way again most of the way down. Its convenient that they added English to the sign, and Chinese, no Korean though. Luckily I can not read Korean, otherwise I would have been here all day reading the sign had they remembered to add it.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - Time to engage in some forest bathing. It is now legally mandated that all salary men spend one day a month forest bathing (unpaid).

Time to engage in some forest bathing. It is now legally mandated that all salary men spend one day a month forest bathing (unpaid).


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - There are many auspicious rocks on this mountain, most of them have something to do with fertility, as does the whole male and female mountain thing.

There are many auspicious rocks on this mountain, most of them have something to do with fertility, as does the whole male and female mountain thing. The bus to get here had a soundtrack explaining it all, suggesting that the mountain peaks were highly compatible.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - There are also mini roped off shrines that you cannot really get to and see. Japan loves ropes.

There are also mini roped off shrines that you cannot really get to and see. Japan loves ropes.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - This rock gives men amazing power! Theres a page of Japanese text, and in English it says 'MAN POWER ROCK'. Hmm, it looks way more feminine than mascu

This rock gives men amazing power! Theres a page of Japanese text, and in English it says 'MAN POWER ROCK'. Hmm, it looks way more feminine than masculine.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - The horror, the horror! Despite quite a lot of kind of dangerous scrambling over rocks, a lot of school groups featuring children no older than 10 are

The horror, the horror! Despite quite a lot of kind of dangerous scrambling over rocks, a lot of school groups featuring children no older than 10 are making the journey, very very.... very slowly. No way to pass. No amount of me swearing and throwing stuff at them would make them get out of my way. My journey up from here on in was slow. They had not come the entire way up, but the path over the rocks from the cable car is the tricky bit.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - A glimpse of the cable car that delivered small children onto my path.

A glimpse of the cable car that delivered small children onto my path.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - Summit time. This is the female summit. Fun fact, male and female are the same sounding words in Chinese and Japanese, nan for men, nu for women.

Summit time. This is the female summit. Fun fact, male and female are the same sounding words in Chinese and Japanese, nan for men, nu for women.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - The view. I culled a lot. Some of that haze is farmer smoke. I think I saw on the tv news this morning a smoke warning.

The view. I culled a lot. Some of that haze is farmer smoke. I think I saw on the tv news this morning a smoke warning.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - The path across the ridge, past the other cable car (there are 2 different ones) to the man mountain.

The path across the ridge, past the other cable car (there are 2 different ones) to the man mountain.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - NAILED IT! On the first attempt too!

NAILED IT! On the first attempt too!


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - Here is the mini shrine on the top of the female mountain that is a girls only toilet, make up shop and place to gossip about how your other female wo

Here is the mini shrine on the top of the female mountain that is a girls only toilet, make up shop and place to gossip about how your other female work mates are all bitches.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - Like most Japanese mountains, there are many contraptions set up to allow the Emperor to effectively communicate with the sky demons.

Like most Japanese mountains, there are many contraptions set up to allow the Emperor to effectively communicate with the sky demons.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - You will see that on the saddle area between peaks there are a lot of shops. This shop however is on its own in a very nice spot, so nice that it has

You will see that on the saddle area between peaks there are a lot of shops. This shop however is on its own in a very nice spot, so nice that it has zero customers. I got their hopes up as I staggered out to the edge to take this photo. But then I just walked off.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - Here are the shops near the other cable car station, from these I made a purchase as you shall see.

Here are the shops near the other cable car station, from these I made a purchase as you shall see.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - I knew what the coffee was, I take mine black in Japan when it comes in a can, but the biscuit / cookie looking thing I had no idea. Will it be savory

I knew what the coffee was, I take mine black in Japan when it comes in a can, but the biscuit / cookie looking thing I had no idea. Will it be savory or sweet? It had no discernible odor. I bit into it, half expecting it to taste like fish or soap. No! It is a block of honeycomb! Now I have the diabeetus!


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - If you get off the cable car and buy a block of honeycomb, this is your view.

If you get off the cable car and buy a block of honeycomb, this is your view.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - The short path up to the top of man mountain was not long, in fact it was short as I just said, but still had some technical sections like this to scr

The short path up to the top of man mountain was not long, in fact it was short as I just said, but still had some technical sections like this to scramble up. Fun times. Some of these rocks had been worn very smooth, quite treacherous on the way down.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - View from man mountain.

View from man mountain.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - It was now time to head back to girl mountain, or more politically correct, woman mountain, and find a way down to the other shrine / cable car. Lets

It was now time to head back to girl mountain, or more politically correct, woman mountain, and find a way down to the other shrine / cable car. Lets get going!


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - I found the other path, which was a lot less technical.

I found the other path, which was a lot less technical.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - THATS MY BUS! I ran dangerously down the last bit, the bus set off without me, I stood in the road and flagged it down and he let me on, but this caus

THATS MY BUS! I ran dangerously down the last bit, the bus set off without me, I stood in the road and flagged it down and he let me on, but this caused all kinds of confusion in charging me the right extremely high fare as the machine had already ticked over to a slightly less extremely high fare. There was more confusion when I got off again, and a lot of very fast speaking in Japanese, to which I nodded and smiled.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Tsukuba - Yeah, its the inside of a bus. Despite the high cost, Mount Tsukuba is a fun day trip from Tokyo, especially if you are not into 6 hour plus hikes, th

Yeah, its the inside of a bus. Despite the high cost, Mount Tsukuba is a fun day trip from Tokyo, especially if you are not into 6 hour plus hikes, this one can be done slowly in about 4 hours. Slow because of school kids.


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