Mt. Mitake

At the beginning of May, during Golden week (a week full of holidays), we took the train about 2 hours away to climb Mt. Mitake.

The countryside is so beautiful.

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My picture loader put all the pictures in backwards, so this post shall go backward in time. After we climbed the mountain, we came down and played in the Tama River.

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This lady was boarding down the river, and you can see a flipped kayak in front of her. There were also rafters.

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Making wishesDSC01801

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What could these folks be reading that would keep them from looking at this view?

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Manga, of course! A whole pile of it!DSC01789Notice the double bandaged knees from a previous misadventure.

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I love these bathroom signs.DSC01764

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Temple dog. DSC01748

A lizard friend.
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We had to climb a ridiculous number of stairs to get to this temple. At least 400.

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This is my favorite part of the whole mountain. “Let me out!”DSC01723

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The “hike” was really very mild, except for the stairs.DSC01690

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The Japanese know how to do mountains. You take this lovely shuttle halfway up and then climb the rest.
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Tiny and Kaoru.DSC01659

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