Image from Mt. Takao Official site http://www.takaotozan.co.jp/
The second time I went to Takao-san, is with my other japanese friends. This happened during winter. But that time, Takao-san was just a warm-up I did not know we are continuing to its neighboring mountains. After reaching the mountain tops, we ate kimchi and other spciy food to keep us worm. It was very memorable. (You can see more pictures in the Winter Hiking album.)
Image from Wikipedia
As Wikipedia described Takao-san: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Takao
“Mount Takao (高尾山 takaosan) is a mountain in the city of Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan.
Standing 599 m tall and located within an hour of downtown Tokyo, it is a popular hiking spot, with eight hiking courses and more than 2.5 million annual visitors. The Tama Forest Science Garden is also located at the mountain’s base.
Mount Takao is closely associated with tengu, minor kami from Japanese folklore, and a Buddhist temple, Takaosan Yakuōin Yūkiji, is located on the mountain. There is also a local superstition, especially amongst young adults, that couples who climb Mount Takao will separate shortly thereafter.”