Hiking/Outdoor: Mt. Takao san

Mt. Takao san 高尾山 599 meters (1,965 ft) tall, located within 1 hour of downtown Tokyo. I went with my co-workers Sonam and Geoff. Our projected half day hiking turned into a full day adventure. Lots of hiking routes up and back down as you can see in the picture below. We ended up hiking up trail 6 (uphill almost the whole way) and coming down a combo of trail 4 and 2. There were a bazillion people, most likely because we forgot it was a holiday weekend and the changing of leaf color season was kicking in. I love seeing the red, maroon, yellow, golden leaves – reminds me of USC all the time 😛

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Tons of people swarming all over. There was a random band playing disney-like music before we started our hike.

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Location marker in Japanese, thank goodness they use the same number characters as Chinese!

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And the uphill stair climb from hell continues…

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On a clear day, Mt. Fuji is suppose to be visible. I am going to pretend one of those mountains in the background could be it.

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Overpriced but needed sustenance soba noodles at the top of the mountain (the white stuff is slimy yam on top of the dipping sauce):

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Suspension bridge on trail 4:

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I’ve never stood in such a long line for a hike.

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We somehow did not end in the right place but popped out into the rural part of the city which was interesting to walk through.

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Victory snack. Love this chewy mochi stuff.

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