Click here if you would like to read an overview of my 3 months wwoofing experience in Japan.
I took the chance to visit Tokyo as well as Mount Takao while i was wwoofing at Fujino.
Tokyo is just about 1 hr train ride from Fujino. On my way from Fujino to Tokyo, i stopped by Showa Memorial Park. I took a train from Fujino station to Tachikawa Station which cost about 500 yen. I decided to visit that park because I read that it's very beautiful. Perhaps i was there at the wrong season, because it seems just alright for me.. But i do like the free art exhibition there.
After spending just about an hour and the half there, i took a train to Yoyogi Station to see the Meiji Shrine Honden.
What i like about this shrine is that you have to walk through a long walkway sounded by trees to get to the main shrine. A place filled with nature in a big city. I like it very much.
From Meiji Shrine i walked about 20mins to Takeshita Street which is a famous street for teenagers. I then went on to Omotesando for more shopping. It was getting cold in Japan so i needed to buy more clothes.
There were a lot more places in Tokyo that i wanted to explore and i thought i will be able to on the day before i fly off to Taiwan. But i was too overwhelmed by all the messages i was getting after my 10days of mediation retreat, so i ended up staying at the hostel instead. haha. But i'm pretty sure i'll get to explore Tokyo again someday.
I was asking the Fujino Club staffs where i should visit during my off day and one of them suggested Mount Takao. She said it has a great view and i'm a sucker for pretty scenary. It had been awhile since i last exercise, so i thought that some hiking will be good.
I took a train from Fujino Station to Takaosanguchi Station which cost me about 370yen. There are a couple of trails to get to Mount Takao and the most popular one is trail 1 because cable car and chair-lift are available after a short easy hike and there are a lot of resting place. But if you do not intend to take the cable car or chair-lift, i do not advise you to hike up from trail 1. Instead, try hiking up from trail 6 and down from trail 1, which was what i did. When i went down by trail 1 route, i realised how steep it was, and i met so many people who were going the opposite direction panting so badly. It must be really tiring. Trail 6 in my opinion, wasn't tough at all, and it's surrounded by trees, and runs along a stream. You can even see a small waterfall there and there's a part where you have to cross the stream, therefore getting your shoes just a little wet. But that's what real hiking is about isn't it? I highly reccommend you to try that route. It took me about 2hrs to hike up and another 2hrs down (including visiting some temples on the way down)
Some kids i met on my way, they were having some kind of school trip. So adorable. Even kids can do it, so can you!
This was the toughest part, but when you see this, it means you are reaching the top.
Below are pictures taken on my way down:
It was such a great hike for me! I highly recommend you to go there, especially if you love nature.