Hachioji Things to Do

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    Mt. Takao

    by shintarojon Updated Mar 13, 2004

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    Mt. Takao is a sacred mountain located in the western Tokyo. There are 6 courses with different themes and you can even use cable car or lift.

    Mountain Peak - 599 m

    a) 1st mark trail - 3.8 km (this trail is for knowing the detailed history of Mt. Takao)

    *going up - 100 mins.
    *going down - 90 mins.

    b) 2nd mark trail - 0.9 km (for couple who wants to relax while seeing the nature)

    *30 mins. going around

    c) 3rd mark trail - 2.4 km (for densed/luxuriant evergreen tree trail)

    *going up - 60 mins.
    *going down - 50 mins.

    d) 4th mark trail - 1.5 km (for experiencing a suspension bridge trail)

    *going up - 50 mins.
    *going down - 40 mins.

    e) 5th mark trail - 0.9 km (peak loop course)

    *30 mins going around

    f) 6th mark trail - 3.3 km (waterfalls trail)

    *going up - 90 mins.
    *going down - 70 mins.

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    Trick Art Museum, Takaosanguchi Station

    by Ewingjr98 Written Nov 14, 2014

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    The Trick Art Museum in Hachioji opened in 1996 and is near the base of Mount Takao. The museum features trick art, or trompe l'oeil, which is painted in a very realistic fashion to appear in three dimensions. The museum also has some rooms with angled floors and wall to make people appear taller than they really are. The theme in the museum is ancient Egypt, with pyramids and other images from the Nile, but they also have more modern images and scenes, especially upstairs.

    A video from the Trick Art Museum: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/vv/86ba/

    Entrance is 1,300 Yen per adult, but the museum's website has a coupon for a 200 Yen discount per person, here: http://www.trickart.jp/en/lucky.html

    Takaosanguchi Station on the Keio Line

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    A closer look

    by Sharrie Written Apr 20, 2004

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    For those of you who have never ever seen Sakura, it is a must at least once in your life.

    In Japan, it's "elevated" to the status of a festival... a time for joy & celebration.
    Hanami means flower viewing & during this time of the year, hordes of people would gather under the cherry trees with friends, have a picnic & drink sake & just have lots of fun!
    This will last for a few weeks before the next fair or festival takes over.

    It is interesting how ardent the Japanese can be in celebrating the numerous fairs, festivals & matsuri in the different parts of the countries.
    I'm most fascinated by how spirited, elaborative & fun these people can be!

    It's as if the country is fully united, acting as one single soul, & immerse itself in the spirit of celebration! What a great feeling!

    Femininity
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    Momiji

    by Sharrie Written Apr 20, 2004

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    Here at Takao-san we also get to see the Momiji, the Japanese version of the maple leaves. It's spring now, so they are all in green but comes the autumn, this area will be ablaze with different shades of red, orange & green... another marvelous site.

    So, if you didn't make it here in the Spring for the sakura, try instead in October for its momiji viewing!
    I'm very sure it'll be something you'll never forget!

    Momiji in Spring
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    The "lift"

    by Sharrie Updated Apr 20, 2004

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    Ok, this is a travel site, not a dating site!
    But romance sprouts everywhere... & when u least expected as well!

    So, here's one of those VT romances which I've come to witness ;-)
    Imagine a Greek moving to Tokyo!
    U are brave, Dimitris! :-)))
    & Atsuko is one lucky woman!
    Envy, envy, envy ;-)))

    Getting to the top!
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    Happy is she who came up with the best idea!

    by Sharrie Written Apr 20, 2004

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    It is great to have a friend who knows where she is going, is happy taking you there & enjoy your company at the same time!
    Plus, she has lots of interesting & funny stories that'll make you laugh so much so you'll cry!

    If you do get to meet her one day, ask her about Guam! ;-)

    Thanks again, Atsuko!
    For the most beautiful sunday! & a great time to remember by...

    Atsuko! She's beautiful eh?!
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    Something ethnic

    by Sharrie Written Apr 20, 2004

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    Whatever this guy was espousing I have no idea. But we saw him as soon as we were out ot the train station.
    Atsuko mentioned something about the drive to preserve the "forest" for the highway? Something to that effect.

    Anyway, we just thought he looks "interesting" & very ethnic.
    So here he is...

    What's the message?
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    The Octopus - It's a tree!

    by Sharrie Updated May 16, 2004

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    A tree shaped like the octopus at its roots area.
    Very unusual, very unexpected.

    Or is it human nature to see what we wish to see?!

    Have you ever take time to look at the sky & the clouds?
    I love doing that especially in the confinement of the plane.
    It's like a dream... anything is possible up there in the sky.
    A very fun activity ... & sometimes it can be so magical I felt like the luckiest princess in the world!

    The octopus tree!

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    Tama Zoo

    by Ewingjr98 Written Apr 25, 2015

    The Tama Zoo stretches over 129 acres on the western outskirts of Tokyo. It has three main areas, the Asiatic Garden, African Garden and Australian Garden, along with a large Insectarium. The Asiatic Garden features many Japanese animals (including common animals like sika deer, macaques, and tanuki), as well as animals from across Asia like elephants, tigers, and red pandas. The African Garden features lions, zebras, giraffes, and others... you can even take a safari bus into the lion enclosure to see the animals up close. Finally, the Australian Garden has koalas, wombats, kookaburras, and more.

    The zoo is large and hilly, so it will take a few hours to walk all of the paths around the main areas. There are plenty of restrooms, and a few restaurants with quick Japanese meals and drinks. At the entrance is a nice gift shop.

    Entrance is 600 Yen for adults.

    Tiger at Tama Zoo Kangaroos Rhino Tanuki

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    Takiyama Castle Ruins

    by Ewingjr98 Written Dec 27, 2013

    Hachioji Takiyama Castle was constructed in 1521, overlooking the Tama River. The founder is said to have been Oishi Sadashige. the Oishi and Hojo families defended this earthen fortification until Hachioji castle was completed in 1573. The castle used the natural bluffs of the river, along with the steep hills and narrow valleys as natural defenses against invaders. Today visitors can still see remains of the moats, walls, and other defensive positions. This castle was designated a historical monument in 1951.

    The park itself was opened in 1986 and it occupies an area covering 266,849.41 square meters, or almost 66 acres. It has many kilometers of trails, some paved but most dirt. There are several areas of picnic tables and some great vantage points overlooking the Tama River.

    My video from biking in Takiyama Castle Park: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/vv/7cc5/

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    Hachioji Geisha Parade, September 2013

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 20, 2013

    Each September Hachioji holds a series of Geisha Parades on the streets just north of Hachioji Station. These women, dressed in traditional kimonos, dance and play music as they weave through some of the small streets in town. In 2013, the geisha parades covered four small streets from about 6pm to 9pm with each parade lasting about 30 minutes.

    Hachioji lies on Koshu Highway, which was a busy transportation route to the city of Edo, now Tokyo. Like other busy cities of the day, entertainment was necessary, and a small geisha industry grew up here. By some accounts, at it peak, there were 200-300 geishas in Hachioji working at more than 30 restaurants. Today it is estimated that Hachioji has less than 20 geisha, but I have seen online advertisements asking for women 24-35 years old to earn 3,000 Yen per hour by dancing or playing the traditional guitar-like instrument called the shamisen.

    Geisha, also known in Kyoto as Geiko, are traditional hostesses and entertainers for Japanese men. They are perhaps best known for their elaborate kimonos and white face paint, though geisha apprentices, called maiko, more commonly wear the bright white paint. While many observers believe geisha are prostitutes, traditionally geisha and prostitutes were different and distinct professions in Japan. While Japan once had an estimated 80,000 geisha, today the number is down to 1,000 to 2,000 geisha, most famously in Kyoto, but also in other cities including Tokyo.

    In Kyoto, the Geiko districts are called Hanamachi, or flower towns. There are five distinct Hanamachi in Kyoto, Gion Kōbu and, Miyagawa-cho, Kamishichiken, and Ponto-chō. Four of these five areas are located around Gion Shijo Station on both sides of the river. Kamishichiken is the only area outside of the city center, but it is small with only about 25 geisha and maiko.

    While Kyoto is famous for its geisha districts, Tokyo also had a number of geisha areas of its own, called "Tokyo Roku Hanamachi." Tokyo's traditional geisha districts are Shinbashi, Asakusa, Yoshicho, Kagurazaka, Hachioji and Mukojima.

    I took two videos during the Hachioji Geisha Parades in 2013:
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/vv/7a2f/
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/vv/7a30/

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    Hachioji Ginkgo Festival

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 17, 2013

    Koshu Highway, or Route 20, in Hachioji is famous for its street lined on both sides with ginkgo (or ichou) trees, which turn bright yellow in the fall. For one weekend each year in late November (16-17 Nov 2013), the city holds a festival to celebrate the colorful leaves, the changing of the season and the vibrant town of Hachioji. We arrived on the Saturday of the festival, at around 2pm, and it was surprisingly quiet. The trees were beautiful, the festival atmosphere was lacking. We did stop and get some food from several restaurants, we found the Ginga Kogen beer tent, and we enjoyed talking to several friendly locals.

    The Sunday of the event, which features a classic car parade is surely a better event.

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    Don Quixote Department Store

    by Ewingjr98 Written Oct 13, 2014

    Don Quixote (ドン・キホーテ) is a discount department store with hundreds of locations in Japan and Hawaii, with new stores opening at a rate of about two per month in 2014. Known locally as Donki (ドンキ), the stores sell a bit of everything including groceries, clothing, cosmetics, kitchen supplies, and even sex toys.

    Don Quixote was founded in 1980 as Just Co., but changed its name to Don Quixote in 1989. The store is famous as a late night destination, with many branches open until 3 or even 5 am.

    Hachioji's Donki store is located on the Pedestrian street a few blocks northwest of Hachioji Station.

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    Hachioji Used Book Festival

    by Ewingjr98 Written Oct 13, 2014

    The Hachioji Used Book Festival takes place each year in the middle of October (10-14 October 2014) along Hachioji's pedestrian street to the northwest of the station. The festival began in 2003, making this the 11th consecutive year.

    In 2014, the festival consisted of about 25 booths, probably 15 of them selling books and magazines, with the others selling other used items like purses and clothing. Unfortunately, there was no food in this festival, other then the restaurants of Hachioji, and the books were mostly in Japanese.

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    Mushashi Imperial Tombs

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 25, 2014

    Far on the western edge of Tokyo, in the rural areas of Hachioji, you may find the Mushashi Imperial Tombs. Historically Japanese emperors were buried in Kyoto, but after the Emperor Meiji passed, the imperial graveyard shifted to Tokyo. In 1926, Emperor Taisho, also known as Yoshihito, died and was buried at the quiet site. In 1951, a second tomb was added for for Yoshihito's wife Empress Teimei. In 1989, Emperor Shōwa, also known as Hirohito, was buried at the same site. Finally, in 2000, Empress Kōjun, wife of Hirohito was buried near her husband.

    The four tombs are arranged from west to east in order of burial: Emperor Taisho, Empress Teimei, Emperor Showa, and Empress Kōjun. Empress Kōjun is buried closest to the entrance to the site.

    Directions: From downtown Hachioji, take Route 20 toward Mount Takao, then turn right onto Route 187. The road curves to the left and takes you straight into the entrances to the tombs.
    Address: 1348-2 Nagabusamachi, Hachiōji-shi, Tōkyō-to, Japan
    Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/KWS1W

    Emperor Showa's Tomb Empress Kōjun's Tomb Empress Taimei's Tomb Emperor Taisho's Tomb

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