Mt. Nokogiri (“Saw-tooth Mountain”)
Named after it’s saw-like shape, this mountain is a hiker’s paradise. But whether you like to walk or not, it’s worth the trek up so many stairs to see the sights and have a bird’s-eye view of the ocean. Main attractions are: Hyaku-shaku Kannon (百尺観音), Nihon-ji Temple Buddha (日本寺大仏), View of Hell（地獄のぞき）, and the many small Buddha statues along the route.
Suggested Route: Starting from the ropeway entrance, head to Hyaku-shaku Kannon to see the gigantic Buddha carved into the mountain [pictured, left]. From there you can see the View of Hell above you. Next, climb the stairs to the View of Hell and enjoy the scenery from the top of the mountain. The rest is downhill, and you can either go to the Nihon-ji Temple Buddha, or take the path toward the tiny Buddha statues. I recommend the latter because the stairs aren’t as steep. Once you reach the bottom, it’s an easy walk to see the big Buddha at Nihon-ji Temple. There are vending machines and shaded picnic tables to rest at. There are other sites further down such as a tea house, but just remember that the further you go down, the further you’ll have to climb back up to go home.
Tip: Please wear sneakers or hiking boots! It’s very easy to trip or twist an ankle on some of the trails, so wear good shoes. It’s also a good idea to bring a water bottle with you and a towel on hot days.
Access: You can either drive up most of the mountain and pay a parking fee, or park near the bottom for free and pay to ride the ropeway to the top.
Parking fee at the top: ￥(unsure)
Adult (aged 12 and up): 1-way ￥500, 2-way ￥930
Children (aged 6 and up): 1-way ￥250, 2-way ￥450
Entrance fee at the top of the mountain:
Children (4-12 years) ￥400
Feb. 16 – Nov. 15: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nov. 16 – Feb. 15: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed during the middle week of January every year for inspection.
Address: (To the ropeway access point)
Nokogiriyama Ropeway, 4052-1 Kanaya, Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture 299-1861