We will meet at the exit gate of Takaosanguchi station at 10:00am with my Jack Russel terrier dog named “Jacksan.” Our hike to the 599meter summit is 6-8km R/T with breaks for lunch, photos and snacks. There is an optional ropeway for descents if you feel tired. We begin with a 2hr trek through a lush forest following a mountain stream where monks still sit under waterfalls meditating. We will have a bento lunch at the summit (vegetarians okay!) and then descend through the 1,300 year old Yakuo-in Shrine and Yuki-ji Buddhist Temple before we reach the train station for an optional Hot Spring Bath. Teenagers are welcome. Jogging shoes or walking shoes are fine but flat soles can be slippery. Guests are recommended to take the 8:54am express train departing from Shinjuku Station on the Keio Line (390yen) Jacksan and I will be riding in the first car of the train near the conductor. The last stop is Takaosanguchi and you can read this on the side of the train. Hiking Mt. Takao is very famous in Japan so please ask the train station staff or anyone in Shinjuku station if you are not certain about which train to get on or where to find the Keio line train.
For more information about Jacksan activities visit: jacksan.freewheeling.jp