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More Autumn Leaves at Mount Takao

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on December 4, 2013

Two weekends ago I visited the famous Mount Takao, probably the most visited mountai/nature park in Tokyo. People here love seeing the seasons changing so the getting out of the city to watch the changing colors of the autumn leaves is almost as popular as getting out in spring to watch the cherry blossoms. It always feels unreal to visit this mountain as you get onto a normal commuter at the worlds busiest train station, and step off an hour later, surrounded by an almost overwhelming amount of nature.

Among all this nature there is also quite a bit of culture, as the mountain is home of one of the more powerful buddhist temples in Japan, founded all the way back in 744 A.D. The temple’s statues, markers and stones are scattered along the path to the temple and makes for some very photogenic scenery!

Mount Takao is officially just over 599m tall, but in the old days it used to be over 601m. A couple of big earthquakes early last century forced officials to recalculate the mountain and it appears to have shrunk a tiny bit. There botany of the mountain is also quite varied and has been intensively studied, yielding a stunning 63 new plant species first discovered (by science) at this mountain.

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  1. yoshizen said, on December 4, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Looks more like an autumn color isn’t it.
    Strangely I remembered the name “Yakuo-in” after
    more than half century’s lapse of time.

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    • tokyobling said, on December 16, 2013 at 8:11 am

      You must have a good memory! The Yakuoin is famous, but not as famous as the one near Nara.

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  2. Cathryn said, on December 4, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Beautiful photos…I need to come back to Japan!

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  3. outforalonglunch said, on December 4, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Very vibrant colours!

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  4. samokan said, on December 4, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I want to hike up there again and witness the “Diamond Fuji ” 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on December 16, 2013 at 8:12 am

      I still haven’t been up Mount Fuji! Some day soon! Hiking up Mount Takao is good enough for me. (^-^)

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      • samokan said, on December 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        I think Mt. Takao is one of the places or is the place to see Diamond Fuji. Have not been to Mt. Fuji too and no plans of climbing it yet 🙂

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  5. alisaw said, on December 4, 2013 at 11:13 am

    kouyou! 😀

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  6. pk1154 said, on December 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    My Japanese maple turned brilliant red overnight and soon after, just as suddenly, all the leaves fell.

    Everything is so drab and brown now. I think I should go out and put a red scarf on my Buddha.

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    • tokyobling said, on December 16, 2013 at 8:13 am

      Hm… usually they stay red for quite a few weeks. Good idea! Must make sure Buddha isn’t too cold.

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  7. Mustang.Koji said, on December 5, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Isn’t this near Hachioji? My aging mind is becoming forgetful…

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  8. tokyoaaron said, on December 5, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Well written post, and I especially like the use of wide angle in the first three pictures.

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    • tokyobling said, on December 16, 2013 at 8:16 am

      Thank you Aaron! I appreciate your kind comment! Wide angle lenses are tricky in busy settings. Too much information in one frame!

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