Hiking to Takao san
On my birthday, instead of throwing yet another drunken party, me and my girls decided to do something healthy instead, like..hiking! We chose Takao san which is the nearest, nicest and easiest hike around Tokyo to enjoy it thoroughly and yet still burn some calories. ^-^
It’s only about 600 meters high so it took us no more than 2 hours to get to the top and that is with all the stops we did on our way there.
We had “goma dango” – sesame oil rice pudding at the first viewing spot in the foothills of the Buddhist temple Yakuōin Yūkiji and then tried our luck at drawing omikuji (Japanese fortune telling). Then, we walked around the temple, took some pictures at different spots and then in the forest and finally arrived at the top.
Usually, Takao san is quite crowded during the Koyo “red leaf” season. Fortunately, the forest was still green so there were still places at the top to sit down and have a picnic.
On our way back, we got lost a bit getting on a trail that was closed due to the recent typhoon. But because it is Japan, the park had like a gazillion different signs, maps and direction posts so we got back onto the main road in no time.
It was a lot of fun to spend the day outside. It got us all inspired to go out more often. Now, we are planning to go to an onsen trip to Nikko in December. This week, me and Gow were planning to go to a yoga class in Shinjuku park but because of rain it was canceled. Oh well, next week then! ^-^