Before I go on about my visit Mount Takao today, during breakfast the news was on TV, and the opposing weather patterns were depicted as sumo wrestlers facing off! It was cool.
Takaosan is a about two thousand feet tall and hour or so outside of Tokyo by train. It’s said to be a mixture of Buddhism and Shinto, and it looked like a lot of bets were covered up there, what with all the statues and shrines (dogs, demons, archers, slippers, octopi, etc.).
The walk up was lovely and breath-taking, both figuratively and literally: the climb was equal to an impressive 144 flights of stairs. Boom!
Here are some photos. Enjoy.
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