CLIMBING MOUNT MITAKE PART II

 

Once off the cable car you have a host of choices, continuing the trek to the top level of the village and Musashi-Mitake Shrine and/or picking one of many hiking trail.

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The view of the Japanese countryside is spectacular. I learned that only 20% of Japan’s land mass is liveable, with the population living on only 8%. The hills show you why.

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As we hiked to the village we passed through many traditional Japanese buildings and traditional Japanese inns. I plan on coming back here to spend a night.

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This building is occupied by the descendants of a shogun. In fact, the 140 or so residents are all original descendants with the homes and businesses passed down through the ages.

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One of the few English signs.

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Our first stop was the village at the top where we enjoyed a wonderful meal of soba noodles and tempura while looking out at the colors. The tree beside us was hundreds and hundreds of years old.

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Of interest, it was November .. on the top of a Japanese mountain .. and the flowers will still blooming.

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The village street … where we could purchase tourist items or a wide range of local sweets and foods (on the way out, we loaded up).

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