We took a trip to Mt. Takao again on October 12, this time with our friends Dave and Yumiko. We meet at the Tachikawa Train Station and then took the trains to TakaoSanguchi station. We then walked to this lift point.

Last time we went to Mt. Takao we took the steepest cable car in the country. This time we took the chair lift. This was much more fun than the cable car.

The trip up the lift took about 5 or 6 minutes. Or about 40 minutes to walk, but this was much more fun. I took a shot of Dave and Yumiko behind us...
And a shot of me and Teresa....
Off the cable car and out to the first tourist area. It was a Japanese holiday, and crowded. But this also meant all the vendors were out.
We all got some snacks and chowed down...it was after lunch time, and we had not really eaten for the day...
Dave did his "Napoleon" pose....
While I took the traditional goofy self shot of the over view looking down into the suburbs of Tokyo.
Yumiko and Dave pose....
The Monkey Cage area. 400 yen a piece to get in here....
A busy day grooming each other....

Dave and I pose for the tourist cut-out. Dave insisted on it....honest! (Or maybe not....:))

Yumiko and Teresa

This individual was dressed up as one of the mountain demons....
Did I mention it was crowded?
But the weather was pretty nice...
We visited Shinto and Buddhist sites.
These placques are for people who donate money to the mountain...to take care of the trees and land.
Posing in front of one of the many temple areas.
Teresa and Yumiko make a visit to the largest temple...
This small shrine is for good luck on exams or money....something like that. It has many small fox spirits to help...
A close up shot of small fox statues...
We continue to hike up to the peak of Mt. Takao.
We finally arrive. Did I mention it was pretty crowded? We took a break and enjoyed the view.
Looking down into the suburbs of Tokyo...south Tokyo area, and the ocean a bit...
Then we hiked thru forrest pathes back to the chair lifts.
Looking out of the lift and down on the Kanto Plains. It was a great day! And only a 30 minute train trip back to Tachikawa...and then a 40 minute bike ride home!