The Lazy Man’s Way to Tokyo, Day 5

I figured a post with a hangover would have less typos than a post while drunk. Let’s get started 🙂

First, the weather was excellent (that’s early morning, so the little bit of haze is probably from pollution):

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Felt like climbing a mountain, but Mt. Fuji is in the middle of nowhere and way too far (and honestly, to tall) and too expensive. In Tokyo, you can travel about 45 minutes and get to Mount Takao 高尾山.

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Met this little guy at the train station.

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Took a bunch of trains (京急、JR 京王)to get there.

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Stopped in Excelsior cafe in Shibuya for tea,

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and brunch (5 little sandwhiches, aren’t they cute?)

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Got off at the Takao 高尾山口 Station.

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Began the deceivingly difficult climb up the mountain and wondered why most people were coming down this way, then realized it was the hard way up and just about passed out from the exertion (hadn’t really planned on working out, didn’t bring any water brought a heavy bag, wore too much clothing).

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Saw some random stones about there being 12 gods inside the mountain.

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Pretty view, half-way up.

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They had vending machines about half-way up (thank those 12 gods). I pounded an Aquarius. Aquarius is the Coke version of Pocari Sweat. Pocari Sweat is the Japanese version of Gatorade. Fun, huh?

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Tons of random food stuff half-way with free samples. Everything tasted pickled and slathered on Soy Sauce. Not great during a hike. Maybe as a gift.

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Tree that supposedly looks like an octopus 🙂

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The first in a long succession of steps.

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The Japanese equivalent of the ten commandments. But instead of things like Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors ass. It’s closer to: You should be nice to people. You should try to live within your means. You should try to not yell with a loud voice. Quite amusing.

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Kick-ass demon angels.

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This is funny. All those ancient monks might have been bat-stuff-crazy to build temples on top of really high mountains, for sure. But at least nowadays they have the common sense to get corporate sponsors. ヤクルト is a maker of fine Yogurt-type beverage products. And their name was plastered all over the poles of these stairs.

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お寺 or 神社 Shinto or Buddhist? Temple. I forget 🙂

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Wooden bridge thing, leading to…

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A pretty grove-looking view.

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More. Steps.

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Finally reached the top and… It was too late in the day to see Mt. Fuji (which you can supposedly see from the top). Speaking of which, it was getting pretty dark. So dark in fact:

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That this is the only thing my camera could take on the way down.

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And it looked like this when I finally reached the bottom.

After a long day of exercise and sight-seeing. I deserved getting drunk in Shibuya at one of the best Izakayas 居酒屋.

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This place has a fixed price of about $2.70 for anything on the menu. I won’t bore you with details and just get to the pics of the food and drinks. 😉

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beer

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yakitori

sushi

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And one cool thing to note:

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You can order everything with an interactive, touch-screen menu, straight from the table. It even had touch-screen games to play 🙂 but sadly, no Arvale… yet 😀

Go back to Day 4.

Continue on to Day 6.

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