Mt. Nokogiri

Mt. Nokogiri ("Saw-tooth Mountain") 鋸山 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... Continue Reading →

Onuki Trail

Onuki Trail 大貫の古道 The Onuki Trail (literally "old roads of Onuki") is a hiking path in Chikura centered around the beautiful Komatsu-ji Temple. The trail is a little rough in terms of maintenance, but that just makes it feel like a real adventure. The Trail: First, park at Komatsu-ji Temple and enjoy the scenery. Komatsu-ji... Continue Reading →

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 →

Shirahama Jouyama

Shirahama Jouyama 白浜城山 Jouyama is a very small mountain in Shirahama with two viewing platforms that look out over the Nojimazaki cape. The trail is quite short and easy to hike, but provides some beautiful scenery: from mountain passes, to outlook points, to tree-covered cliffs. The Path: There are several possible entrances, but the easiest... Continue Reading →

Naka Dam Park

Naka Dam Park 中堰親水公園 Photos by Amy Conley © If Minamiboso is for lovers, then the dam in Naka-ku, Miyoshi must be this city's number one date spot. Separated from the main roads by farmland, this small, secluded park feels like part of another world. It's well-worth the journey to experience the serene atmosphere and... 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 →

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 →

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