CLIMBING MOUNT MITAKE PART I

 

While the boys were on their class trip I took a few days off to tour around Tokyo with Narda. We joined a tour group heading to Mt. Mitake. We were “tourists” in the midst of the Tokyoites on their way to work.

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“Climbing Mt. Mitake” entails taking a 90 minute journey by train to the base of the mountain (with a few changes in between) and rushing out of the station to one of the waiting buses that ferries you to the bottom of the mountain. I say rush as the only people on the train were people with the same idea. Turns out that Mt. Mitake is a popular destination as people travel to the top to visit the shrines.

The village is quite beautiful, with a river running through.

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At the top, you disembark at the gates, of course.

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It was also fall with the trees in full color.

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The journey to the top had several stages. A steep cable car ride to the first village level. This is the view from the top.

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As we stepped into Mitakesan village an older gentleman was selling his wares. Only 500JPY ($6) for a fish. I resigned to get one on the way back as Japanese charcoal cooked fish is spectacular, but I waited to long .. when I returned they were gone.

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The trees were in full color as we headed to the second part of the village, resting atop the mountain.

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