Monday, March 25, 2013

Mount Takao


Mount Takao
Mount Takao, is located at Hachioji City in the southeastern part of the Kanto mountainous region. It is  is about 50 km from the center of Tokyo. The  densely wooded Takaosan is one of the closest natural recreation areas to central Tokyo, offering beautiful scenery, an interesting temple and attractive hiking trails.  The view from the cable car and the lift is spectacular and adventurous as they moves up the steep slopes, specially during the autumn when the colour changes are exceptionally beautifully visible in this mountain slopes and adjacent areas of Kiyotaki station.  Takaosan can also be climbed to the top by hiking the mountain through the narrow trails of centuries old cedars and its silent valleys. The peak is 599 meters over sea level and offers views of TokyoMount Fuji and as far as Yokohama on clear days.

View of Tokyo City from Mt Takao

Yakuo-in Temple

Yakuo-in Yuki-ji Temple  @ Mt Takao
Takaosan has been a center of mountain worship for more than 1000 years. The Buddhist temple on Mount Takao is the Takao-san Yakuo-in Yuki-ji, and it is most commonly as Yakuo-in. It was established in 744 on the orders of Emperor Shomu as a base for Buddhism in eastern Japan Shungen Daitoku, a priest from Mount Daigo in Kyoto,  enshrined Izuna Daigongen at Yakuo-in as the principal image here. Izuna Daigongen is a form in which Fudo Myo-o appears to bring people to salvation. The angry-faced Fudo Myo-o is in turn an avatar of the Dainichi Nyorai (Buddha of Cosmic Life). Mount Takao is closely associated with devotion to Tengu. Tengu, long-nosed demon-like beings, are believed to dwell on sacred mountains acting as the messengers of the deities and buddhas to chastise evildoers and protect the good. They are often depicted holding auchiwa (Japanese fan), that sweeps away misfortune and brings about good fortune.  The attractive temple Yakuoin stands near the mountain's top.

Tengu @ Mt Takao 


Yakuo-in @ Mt Takao
Many annual events are held at Takaosan . The most popular ones are the Hiwatari Matsuri also known as the fire-walking festival,Hana Matsuri (Buddha`s Birthday), ShukiTaisai also known as  the Autumn Festival and Setsubunkai (Bean Throwing Festival). These festivels are held at the Yakuo-in Temple.


Diamond Fuji 

The Diamond Fuji viewing is a very popular event in the winter. Visitors get a charming view of Mt Fuji as the sun goes down beyond it. The sight of the sun setting leaves a mysterious picture in the viewers mind as though the sun  was vanishing into the crater of Mt. Fuji. Diamond Fuji occurs during December days around 16:30 .However it is always better to be there earlier to get a long time feel of this magnificence.

The Eden of wildlife and natural vegetation.

Diamond Fuji @ Mt Takao
Mt Takao gives its visitors a rich variety of flora and fauna to enjoy on their trip. This region is located on the natural boundary between Japan's subtropical and temperate forests, so trees and other plants typical of both types of woodland are present.Being located on the boundary of subtropical and temperate vegetaaion Takaosan offers an extensive and intense view of these two types of forests and  widelife. Mt. Takao is known as an Eden of wildlife and natural vegetation. The natural vegetation ranges from oak and cedar trees of the subtropical region covering  most of the south face of the mountain and abundance of beech (Fagus japonica) and other deciduous trees of the temperate zone on the north face. There are about 1,300 species, of plants found in the Mt Takao and its surrounding areas. These include about forty different species of violets, sekkoku; a perennial that belongs to the 
Rop Way
Vegetations and Wildlife @ Mt Takao
orchidaceous family; mainly found attached to the upper branches of large cedars, Yellow Touch-me-not and Nettle. Mt. Takao offers beautiful views every season but the scenery in autumn, when the whole mountain is ablaze with the magnificent colors of maple and other trees, is something special to behold. During the middle and end of April when the ccherry blossoms have fallen off the trees at the foot of the mountain, visitors can still enjoy flower viewing on a large scale along the hiking trail. Visitors are welcome by  Flying Squirrel, Weasel, Japanese Mink, Bat Pipistrel, Owl, Mole and Swallows, Ruddy Kingfisher, Lesser Cuckoo, Japanese Great Tit, Grey Nightjar, Bulbul as they walk the trails. A large variety of butterflies, dragonflies, cicadas and beetles can be watched for at Takaosan as we move along the trails.

Mt. Takao was named the Meiji Memorial Forest Takao, and became the eastern starting point of the Tokai Nature Trail that connects Mt. Takao with the Mino Quasi-national Park in Osaka. 

Hiking on Mt Takao 

Hiking Trails @Mt Takao

There are six hiking trails that can be chosen to climb to the top.There are many rest points along the way so hiking in casual wear is fine. One way takes about 2 hours.Visitors can climb Mt. Takao by taking a cable car or lift to Takao-san Station (472 m above sea level) The cable cars are available from Kiyotaki station (201m) to Takao-san Station and way back. The cost is 470 yen. The lifts are available from Sanroku Station to Sanjo Station and way back. The cost for the Cable car and the lift is same, being 470 yen.


Trails
KM
Ascent
Descent
Trail 1
3.8
100mins
90mins
Trail 2
0.9
30mins

Trail 3
2.4
60mins
50mins
Trail 4
1.5
50 mins
40 mins
Trail 5
0.9
30 mins

Trail 6
3.3
90 mins
70 mins
Inariyama Trail
3.1
90 mins
70 mins

Access

Takao Cable Car
Takaosan can be reached in 50 minutes and 370 yen from Keio Shinjuku Station.You need to get of at Takaosanguchi Station which is located at the foot of the mountain 

If taking the Chuo Line from Shinjuku, it takes 50 minutes and 540 yen to Takao Station where you will need to transfer to KeioLine and get to Takaosanguchi Station in 2minutes and 120 yen.

The Takao-san Waribiki Joshaken (Mt. Takao-san discount ticket),  includes a return train ticket and cable car or lift ticket, which is sold at stations on the Keio Line. The cost is  1,480 yen on Saturdays and holidays, and 1,320 yen on weekdays.



Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

IZU peninsula : The Surfers Paradise, Shizuoka


Matsuzaki boat Cruz caves inside the sea. boat will go inside. we can see white mountains 

Nice sea side drive along skyline express way

IZU peninsula, Shizuoka, Japan 


surfers across the IZU beaches


Nice sea side drive along skyline express way.


Nice sea side drive along skyline express way.

White sand beach Shirohama, shimoda


Palm trees along the Izu beaches and roads

Izu peninsula sea rocks


Izu peninsula sea rocks 


Izu peninsula sea rocks

Goalf course in the creator or 200 years old volcano in Mt. Omuro. 
we can reach by climbing and by cable car

Goalf course in the creator or 200 years old volcano in Mt. Omuro. 
we can reach by climbing and by cable car. it is in mount Daruma Kogen


Cactus park in Izu, very nice, need 3 hours minimum to cover


Swans in lake ipeki, boat ride in summer is very pleasant 

Cactus park in Izu, very nice, need 3 hours minimum to cover


Cactus park in Izu, Zoo also included


Cactus park in Izu, Zoo also included

Parrots in Izu cactus park zoo, we can hold free and take photograph. 


Parrots in Izu cactus park zoo, we can hold free and take photograph. 

Parrots in Izu cactus park zoo, we can hold free and take photograph. 


Cactus park in Izu, very nice, need 3 hours minimum to cover

Joren falls in Kawazu, 45KM mountain drive from Shirohama shimoda,

Joren falls in Kawazu, 45KM mountain drive from Shirohama shimoda,


Matsuzaki boat Cruz caves inside the sea. boat will go inside. boat Cruz is ranging from 20 minutes to two hours depending on the course type.

Matsuzaki boat Cruz caves inside the sea. boat will go inside. boat Cruz is ranging from 20 minutes to two hours depending on the course type.


Matsuzaki boat Cruz caves inside the sea. boat will go inside. we can see white mountains 


 Matsuzaki boat Cruz caves inside the sea. boat will go inside. we can see white mountains 
Matsuzaki boat Cruz caves inside the sea. boat will go inside. we can see white mountains 

Matsuzaki boat Cruz jetty


Matsuzaki boat Cruz caves inside the sea.

Matsuzaki boat Cruz caves inside the sea. boat will go inside. we can see white mountains