The TV news had reported that the following Sunday would be the best day to appreciate the scarlet maple leaves around the Tokyo area.
Fortunately the weather turned out bright and beautiful on that day. Although we usually take the car when we go on trips, we took the train that day because we wanted to drink beer and taste the tororo soba noodles, while watching marvelous scarlet maple leaves at sunset. We craved to relish the time available at ease and relax fully. We repeatedly watched the video about Mt.Takao and its scarlet maple leaves on his smart phone, and indulged ourselves in the calm, gentle and tranquil world in the train. We felt excited with expectations for the trip.
But the train was increasingly getting crowded as it got closer to Mt.Takao. I was afraid that something unusual, like a traffic accident, had happened to the line. But the train got there on time. I felt that some disaster was impending.
We got off the train, and were astounded to see the scene. The premises of the station were full of people. It looked as if there had been a concert by a famous rock star. They were all going to climb up Mt.Takao！ We underestimated the fact that a world famous guidebook: Michelin Green Guide Japon recently gave Mt.Takao a 3-star rating, which is the highest, the same as Mt.Fuji. Mt.Takao suddenly became incredibly popular; it was no longer a school trip destination for local children. It held a firm position as the country's leading tourist resort.
Scenery, access, and so on, the characteristics of Mt. Takao were all the same as it used to be; in spite of that fact, we took no notice of its rustic qualities before. Now that Mt. Takao received such a high evaluation by a world famous guidebook, we are rushing to it. This might possibly be a direct manifestation of typical "Japanese" traits of extreme susceptibility to authoritative sources.
We felt hesitant about climbing up Mt.Takao, but it was before noon then and there were no other plans for us. Eventually we climbed up ...Momijidai's had been full for at least 2 hours.The tororo soba noodles were long gone before we got to Momijidai's.
How was our holiday？
Let it suffice to say. "Where was the calm, gentle and tranquil world?！ "
Left : the nearest station at the foot of Mt.Takao
Middle: the path halfway up the mountain on
Right: the top of Mt.Takao/lunch time