Mt. Takatsukayama

Mt. Takatsukayama 高塚山 Takatsukayama in Chikura is a small mountain with a great view of the Pacific Ocean. There's also a temple to enjoy at the summit. Do: Climb about halfway up for the first lookout, then to the summit. The climb has a lot of stairs, but the relatively short length of the trail... Continue Reading →

Reclining Buddha Statue

Jorakuzan Mantoku Temple 女楽山満徳寺 Photos by Amy Conley © Statues showing Buddha lying down, a pose that symbolizes reaching Nirvana, appear throughout Asia but are rare in Japan. This particular statue, built in 1982 on a hilltop in southern Tateyama, is among the largest of its kind. Regardless of its young age, this 16-meter, 30-ton... Continue Reading →

Taibusa-Misaki Nature Park 大房岬自然公園 Taibusa-misaki is a cape in Tomiura, just north of Tateyama Bay. Because of its beautiful nature, Taibusa has a park, a camp where kids can experience nature, and the swanky Tomiura Royal Hotel. It has also been named a 'Forest Therapy Road,' meaning it is a key place to visit to... Continue Reading →

Mt. Dainichi Trail

Mt. Dainichi Trail 大日山遊歩道 DO: Hike to the summit (333.3 meters above sea level) and, if the weather is good, get a view of the surrounding mountains, Tokyo Bay, and the Pacific Ocean near Tateyama. Along the way you can stop to look at the 25 meter Boudaki Waterfall. You can also stop to appreciate... Continue Reading →

Shirahama Ama Festival

Shirahama Ama Festival 白浜 海女まつり DO: This festival celebrates the culture of ama, female free-divers who practice a traditional form of fishing to gather shellfish. The highlight of the night is the ama no yaei, the Ama Night Swim where many female divers dressed in the traditional gear swim into the ocean holding fire torches. Fireworks,... Continue Reading →

Bride’s Way Hike

Bride’s Way Hike 花嫁街道ハイキング DO: This trail gets its name from its use by newlywed brides traveling between the ocean and the mountains in order to get to their new husband’s home. You can start at JR Wadaura Station and walk to the entrance to the path, or you can park near the entrance and... Continue Reading →

Nichiun-ji Temple

Nichiun-ji Temple 日運寺 DO: In mid to late June, 20,000 hydrangeas come to bloom in gradients of deep purple to pink at Nichiun-ji. Though somewhat steep, take a walk throughout the vast grounds that are filled with nature, enshrinements, and great views of the countryside. The red main gates were built in 1726, but the history... Continue Reading →

Roadside Station: Rosemary Park

Roadside Station: Rosemary Park 道の駅 ローズマリー公園 HIGHLIGHT: This Shakespeare themed roadside station features old-English style architecture and gardens. The Hanamaru market offers both locally produced vegetables and fruits that are great just to take home, as well as sweets and packaged goods that are great for gifting. Shows are periodically put on at the Shakespearian style... Continue Reading →

Kamogawa Sea World

Kamogawa Sea World 鴨川シーワールド DO: The best thing about this smaller-scale aquarium is that you get to see all the marine wildlife extremely up close. From smaller fish and sea turtles, to manatee and the only killer whale at a Japanese aquarium, you can spend hours getting to know all the animals. Plan your day... Continue Reading →

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