Far from the madding crowd

Escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo to serene Mount Takao

It is raining in Shinjuku, one of the busiest districts in Tokyo, Japan. To avoid the strong wind, my guide Yuji "Dave" Otsuka decides to lead me into an underground walkway.

From Takaosanguchi station, Mount Takao can be accessed via cable car and chair lift. The serenity and peaceful atmosphere make it a nice place to spend an entire day. Along the way to the Yakuoin temple on the hilltop, there are a number of gigantic mountain pine trees. Peerawat Jariyasombat

"Keep close to me, we are about to walk through a number of pedestrians that flood out of the railways stations," Dave explains.

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