Diamond Fuji, May 6-8

Your chance to view the spectacular Diamond Fuji is here! Diamond Fuji is when the sun aligns with Mt. Fuji's summit and appears to glitter like a diamond. This phenomenon happens twice a year (in May and August) and can be viewed on different days depending on where you see it. Minamiboso is a famous... Continue Reading →

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6 Must-see Spots in Southern Chiba

If you're visiting the southern peninsula and aren't sure where to go, here are the top 6 sights to see during your visit! The list includes the cities of Minamiboso, Tateyama, Kamogawa, and Kyonan Town. The View of Hell at Mt. Nokogiri, "Saw-tooth Mountain" KYONAN TOWN - Peer down into hell from the overhang infamously... Continue Reading →

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 →

Mt. Tsumoriyama and Mt. Hitohoneyama

津森山と人骨山 Mt. Tsumoriyama and Mt. Hitohoneyama Tsumoriyama and Hitohoneyama are two mountains in Kyonan. They're very close to each other and it only takes about 3 hours to hike the whole course. It's a fun hike with some unexpected scenery and probably the steepest trails in the region. The Trail: First, there are several options... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Mountain Cabin Cafe: Kaze no Michi

Mountain Cabin Cafe: Kaze no Michi 山小屋カフェ 風の道 HIGHLIGHT: Climb a narrow winding road deeper into the mountains of Shirahama until you see the parking lot to this cute cabin. The wooden interior and exterior both have a very cozy feel. You can sit at their tables, or in the lounge area that feels like you’re... Continue Reading →

Tenzen

Tenzen 典膳   HIGHLIGHT: A hidden gem in the mountains. But hidden... literally. Drive down a narrow winding path for about five minutes to see the woods finally open up to an old, majestic mansion. The restaurant is entirely reservation only and made up of a few private rooms. The course meal consists of fresh seafood... Continue Reading →

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