Sunday, 8 July 2012

Bike Tour Japan : Mt Oyama ( Mt大山)

Today was long drive for Mt Oyama. Main purpose was to see Oyama cable car and then go to Jinja. Took around 2 hr of drive , from urban to countryside into the mountains , from hot to cool temperature.

Left home around 11:00 and arrived here at 13:00. Biking parking for 200 Yen , and then to cable car to top , 840 Yen.  Forgot my camera SD card but fortunately found GO Pro camera , used its SD card. Really was lucky , but not always.

Not strictly in Tokyo, but not too far off, Mt Oyama is located in Isehara, Kanagawa. Standing at a lofty 1,252 metres, on a clear day its peak affords impressive views across the Sagami Plain, the Boso Peninsula, the skyscrapers of central Tokyo, Mt Fuji, the Tanzawa Ridge, the Hakone Mountains, and Chichibu Tama Kai National Park. Surely, we hear you cry, such riches ought to be rewarded with a place on a list – and indeed they are: Mt Oyama is rightly considered to be one of ‘Kanagawa’s 50 Most Scenic Sites’.

At the peak stands Oyama Afuri Jinja, a shrine constructed by the tenth emperor of Japan, Emperor Sujin. There's also a second lesser-known shrine at an elevation of 700m, Afuri Jinja Shimosha, that boasts holy water said to bring good fortune and longevity to those who drink it. The sakura blossoms are well worth the climb around the beginning of April, and the mountain plays host to the Oyamadera Momiji Festival in November. 

To reach Mt Oyama, take the Odakyu Line to Isehara Station. From there, head to bus terminal four at the north exit of the station and board the Kanagawa Chuo Kotsu I-10 bus to Oyama Cable, the route’s terminus. It's about a three-hour walk to the peak, though there is also a cable car that runs to Afuri Jinja Shimosha Shrine. Open daily, Mondays-Saturdays, 9am-4:30pm; Sundays, 9am-5pm; adults, 450 yen (roundtrip, 850 yen), kids, 230 yen (roundtrip, 430 yen) 

At the top after getting out of cable car.


There was no plan to go top of Mt Oyama and I didnt know there was way , when saw people walking , then started my hiking. Once again forgot something , this time it was water. Reached almost at the top . only 0.6Km left for the top , dieing with thirst , so decide to go back. Though it was getting dark , next time must start hiking at 10:00. Thats the best time ...

Takes around 2 hr to reach top , and 1 hr to come back.

Not fog but Clouds floating ..

Damm thirsty... Time to go back ...

Cable Car

Bought Omiyge for office guys , とうふ。。

My Darth Vader ...

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