9 am at the south exit of the Takao Station (not the Takaosanguchi Station!)
We'll avoid the popular routes that start from the Takaosanguchi Station. Instead, we'll meet at the Takao station and enter the trail near there from Konpira Ryokuchi Tozanguchi （金比羅緑地登山口）. From there, we will follow the trail called Kanto Fureai no Michi (関東ふれあいの道) and head to Shiroyama (城山 670m) via Kusatoyama (草戸山 365m), Irisawayama (入沢山 500m)、and Otarumi Toge (大垂水峠 392m). The distance to Shiroyama is about 13.5K. At Shiroyama, we have options: make a turn and head to the Takaosanguchi Station via Mt. Takao summit (599m), or keep running towards Mt. Jimba (855m). Total distance will be around 19K if we turn at Shiroyama, or around 25K if we head to Jimba. Also, there are several escape routes if you need to make it shourter. If we run down from Jimba, we will take a bus from Jimba Kogen Shita (陣馬高原下) to the Takao station which runs hourly.
After the run, we can go to an onsen near the Takao station.
What to bring:
- Water/Camel Bag: 2 liters recommended; There are also a couple of refill points and vendors on these mountains (but not many). Please don't underestimate your water needs on mountains.
(I have a couple of extra running backpacks and one of them comes with a 2L camel bag so let me know if you want to borrow one.)
- Some foods/snacks/candies, etc. as this activity can take long hours. You need to keep charging your body.
- Wearing trail run shoes is highly recommended (Doable with regular running shoes but they can be slippery.)
- Your mobile phone (and if you have, extra battery may become very useful. Otherwise I recommend turning off your mobile phone once on the trail.)
- Your ID and Insurance Card or copies of those: You never know what will happen on mountains.
- Onsen stuff: towel, change of clothes (you can rent towels at the facility. Soap/Shampoo is provided for free.).
- If you have: the area map, a compass, headlight and other kinds of trail run/hiking goodies as needed like insect repellent, a bear bell, a first aid kit, etc. ※ I strongly encourage the participants to bring their own map!