A stronghold on a cliff close to Tokyo: Enjoy the thrill and scenic beauty of Nokogiriyama
by Oono ayako
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Nokogiriyama is 324 m high. The whole mountain is a temple called Nihon-ji and it was founded in 1300. So it’s a sacred place and there are many Buddhist sculptures left in the mountain. The origin of the temple name is a story that rocks on the exposed hillside seemed like a saw after quarries started in around 1600. It is a thrilling sight with tremendous scenic beauty to see a panoramic view of nature and Tokyo bay from the vertical cliff. Many tourists visit here because it is easily accessible from Tokyo in a day and it’s easy to climb the mountain due to Nokogiriyama Ropeway going all the way up to the peak. But do remember to wear shoes suitable for walking as you will walk along the route with many ups and downs.
The best season for visiting is from October to February as the air is cool and the scenic beauty stands out. From April to June is also a good season to visit to enjoy the beautiful verdure.
1. Go up to the peak by ropeway!
Let’s go up to the peak by the only ropeway in Chiba! You can get a panoramic view of Tokyo bay on a sunny day. It’s quite thrilling and you will enjoy each minute on the ropeway.
2. Observation deck on Jusshuichi-randai
After reaching the peak, firstly go to the observation deck on Jusshuichi-randai. Without any disruptions, you can see Chichibu in Saitama, Tsukuba in Ibaragi, Mt. Fuji, and Izu Oshima on a sunny day.
3. 30 m high Hyakushaku Kannon
Before you visit the main spot to peek down the steep cliff, don’t forget to check out Hyakushaku Kannon (a tall relief image of Kannon carved into one of the quarry walls). It took six years to carve the Kannon with care on the rock surface. The Kannon of around 30 m height has a very powerful and sacred atmosphere.
4. Jigokunozoki: a scenic beauty
The main spot in Nokogiriyama is Jigoku-nozoki (peep at hell). You will realize how scary the place is if you look up at it, and it will remind you of a high board set in a sheer cliff. This is the reason why it’s called Jigoku (hell). It is very scary to look down at the landscape below from this protruded rocky area. You will tremble even if you are used to being in high places.
If you think “what if the handrail breaks!”…you might be too scared to approach the corners.
But at the same time, you will not regret coming here from where you can the scenic beauty of the ocean over the beautiful forest of Nokogiriyama. When you are at the highest point of 100 m on the cliff, you will feel as if you are flying in the sky.
5. World class Arhats lined up on the stairway
It’s unbelievable that all of 1,553 stone Buddhist statues lined next to the mountain road have a different face. These stone Buddhist statues were carved by 27 believers in three years. It’s rare to see such a huge number of Buddhist statues at the same place in the world, so don’t miss it! You may find one that resembles you.
6. The biggest Buddha in Japan made of natural rock
This 31 m high Buddha is the biggest Magaibutsu (a Buddha which was carved into the natural rock) in Japan. It was built around 1600s, once decayed naturally, and was rebuild. You can pray for your safe journey in Japan here.
After you go down the mountain on Nokogiriyama ropeway, visit a tourist complex at about a 10-min walk called the Fish. It offers you a lot of specialties of Boso, a bay area in Chiba! There are restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops and you can savor on a delicious lunch made from fresh fish of the Chiba & Boso area.
Especially, Nokogiriyama Baumkuchen in a baumkuchen shop called Tsukimi-tei is very popular! It has been awarded a Gold Quality Award in the monde selection given to excellent food successively for 10 years. It is named after Nokogiriyama because a cut of baumkuchen looks like the steep cliff. The eggs and milk used are locally produced in Chiba. The moist cake tastes amazing. The expiration date is 30 days from date of purchase, so it’s good as a souvenir even in summer!
Address：2288 Kanaya, Futtsu-shi, Chiba (千葉県富津市金谷2288)
Phone No. :＋81‐439-69-2161
Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00
Closed: Open all year round
Nokogiriyama Kanaya Onsen Kadiya Ryokan
This Japanese-style inn with its 150-year history is a 7-min walk from Nokogiriyama ropeway. You can enjoy Nokogiriyama Kanaya Onsen in the big bathing area. The hot water of onsen (hot spring) gradually warms you and heals your tired body after climbing on Nokogiriyama. It enjoys a popularity and good reputation for serving dishes made from the seafood caught in the Boso peninsula. You can get the rare opportunity to try the world’s largest Taka-ashi gani (giant crabs).
Nokogiriyama Kanaya Onsen Kadiya Ryokan (鋸山金谷温泉 かぢや旅館)
Address: 3887 Kanaya, Futtsu-shi, Chiba (千葉県富津市金谷3887)
Phone No. : +81-439-69-2411
Beachside Onsen Resort Umi
This is a resort hotel whose rooms all have an ocean view and is just a 6-min taxi ride to Nokogiriyama ropeway. The beach is 30 seconds from the hotel and suitable for an early summer (or summer) trip. You can enjoy a sea view from its open-air onsen and fresh and natural local fish at dinner.
Beachside Onsen Resort Umi (ゆうみ)
Address： 442 Motona, Kyonan-machi, Awa-gun, Chiba (千葉県安房郡鋸南町元名442)
Phone No. : +81-470-55-0123
New year’s first sunrise
Nokogiriyama ropeway specially operates from 5:30 am at 5-minute intervals only on January 1st every year. It is said in Japan that people can be happy all year round if they see New Year’s first sunrise. If you stay in Japan during New Year’s, choose an accommodation close to Nokogiriyama and try to see it (but you cannot see if the weather is bad). Operation hours may change, so please check the official website of Nokogiriyama ropeway.
Banya no Yu is close to Nokogiriyama. Soak in this hot spring which has high-density carbonic acid in Ramune Onsen and relieve your fatigue after your stroll to Nokogiriyama. This is a must-visit because you will walk for so long during your trip to Nokogiriyama.
Banya no Yu adjoins the restaurant, Banya, directly managed by the fishermen’s association. So you taste fresh fish caught in the morning in sushi or tendon (rice topped with tempura). Before going back, relax and enjoy your dinner after taking a bath.
Address：99-5 Kyonan-machi, Awa-gun, Chiba (千葉県安房郡鋸南町吉浜99-5)
Phone No. : +81-470-55-4844
Opening Hours: 9:30-18:00（Last Order 17:30）*Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 9:30-19:00 (Last Order 18:30)
Walk for about 8 min from Kanaya station on JR Uchibo Line
Event schedules change every year. Make sure to check the appropriate websites for the latest information.
Nokogiriyama Ropeway (鋸山ロープウェー)
Address：4052-1 Kanaya, Futtsu-shi, Chiba (千葉県富津市金谷4052-1)
Phone No. : +81-439-69-2314 (Nokogiriyama Ropeway Co.,Ltd.)
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00 *9:00～16:00 (11/16～2/15)
Fee (for round trip): Adults 930 yen, Children 450 yen
Required time: 2 – 2.5 hours
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