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Gozaisho is a 1,212 m tall mountain on the border of Mie and Shiga Prefectures. While being a spot from where Mount Fuji and Lake Biwa can be seen, it also has the atmospheric onsen town of Yunoyama Onsen at its base. Mie Prefecture’s only ski resort is located on the summit of Mount Gozaisho, and is a popular spot with many visitors enjoying skiing, sledging, snow shoe outings, and other winter sports.
- Yunoyama Onsen, Komono-cho, Mie-gun, Mie
- Contact No.
- 10 minutes by Mie Kotsu Bus for Yunoyama Onsen from Kintetsu Yunoyama Onsen Station, and a further 10 minutes by foot.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round (Closed for scheduled checks on certain days in June)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 1 hour
- Admission fee
- Adults (from Junior High School age): Return fare 2,160 yen, One-way 1,240 yen; Children (4 years - Elementary School age): Return fare 1,080 yen, One-way 620 yen
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Lake Observatory Point
Slightly west of the summit, there is an observatory deck at the mountain’s highest point, 1,212 m. From there, visitors can enjoy a view out over the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa. This observatory area is made up of large rocks piled on top of one another, so take great care of your footing!
Fujimi-iwa Observatory Point
Mount Fuji can be seen from this vista point, hence the name "Fuji-mi." Mount Fuji is 210 km at a straight-line distance from Mount Gozaisho, so it can only be seen in favorable weather conditions. If you happen to be able to see Mount Fuji, you are one of the lucky ones!
This ropeway commenced operation in 1959, connecting Mie Prefecture’s Yunoyama Onsen and the summit of Mount Gozaisho. It is 2,161 m in length, climbing 780 m over a 12-minute journey. The scenery puts on a display for visitors throughout the year, with scattered flowers blossoming in spring, red and orange leaves in autumn, and a white snow wonderland in winter.
Yunoyama Onsen is located at the base of Mount Gozaisho, and has a history of over 1,200 years. The water here is said to be excellent for the skin, and is known as a beautifying onsen. The temple located in Yunoyama Onsen, Sangakuji, has long been known for its tales of enmusubi (the unseen force that connects people, often in a romantic sense). Many couples visit here to pray for everlasting happiness and love, and offer paper cranes.
Gozaisho Sanjo Park
The Gozaisho Mountaintop Park is located at the Gozaisho Ropeway Sanjo Koen Station. It takes approximately 2 hours to walk the circular path that is perfect for hiking. In the severe cold of winter, visitors can take in the spectacular view of frost-covered trees covering the entire mountain. This sight can usually be viewed from the end of December through mid-March, with the best chances of seeing it in January and February.