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Mt. Myogi is a mountain area in Gunma composed of seven peaks such as Mt. Hakuun and Mt. Kondo. The Mt. Myogi area was formed 3 million years ago by volcanic activity and is known as one of the top three most rugged views in Japan with its windy paths through strangely shaped rocks and spires. There are various hiking courses to be found in the mountains from easy walking courses for beginners to harsh climbs requiring special equipment. There are also many other ways to enjoy the mountains with attractions like a giant roller slide in Panorama Park, famous hot springs, and so on.
- Myogi, Myogi-machi, Tomioka-shi, Gunma
- Contact No.
- About a 10-minute taxi ride from JR Matsuida Station
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 1 day
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One of the top three most rugged views in Japan
Mt. Myogi is counted as one of the top three most rugged views in Japan with its strangely shaped rocks and steep cliffs that were formed by lava from volcanic activity. Of the mountains in the area, there is an especially large amount of interesting rock formations around Mt. Kondo, which many consider to be one of the most beautiful peaks in Japan.
Various hiking courses
There are many hiking trails on Mt. Myogi to choose according to your desired degree of difficulty from the beginner course that climbs from the Taruwaki Valley up to the highest peak of Soma-dake, to the most difficult Hakuun-zan course. On some of the courses there are areas requiring one to climb steep cliffs with chains, so please be sure you’re prepared for the challenges of the particular course you choose.
Stone Gate Course
Of the hiking courses available, one of the most popular is the Sekimon Meguri (Stone Gate Tour) course in the Mt. Kondo and Nakano-dake area. Here, one can find all kinds of strange rock formations particular to this area like the giant arching Rock Gate and another large rock that looks like a massive cannon.
The Myogi Shrine is said to have been built in 537 and acts as a guardian shrine for the Kanto area that has a rich history with strong followers such as the ancient shogun military general Tokugawa family. The shrine is also known as an important place for mountain worship so in the back of the main shrine is an area where the symbolic tengu (long nosed mountain goblins) are enshrined. Many people come to this power spot believing that one of their prayers may come true.
Mt. Myogi Panorama Park
The Mt. Myogi Panorama Park is a park located at the base of the mountains with loads of fun activities to enjoy like tennis courts, park golf, and so on. But the most popular attraction by far is the largest loop-shaped roller slider in Gunma! This thrilling ride is popular for people of all ages.
Myogi Michi-no-Eki road stop with local goods for sale
At the Michi-no-Eki (road stop) Myogi Produce Center, you can purchase fresh local produce harvested in the Mt. Myogi area. The center also acts as a base for exploring the area around Mt. Myogi, so you can pick up sightseeing information if you like. Annexed to the center is also a dining hall where you can get some light meals.
Momiji-no-Yu (hot spring)
The Mt. Myogi Fureai Plaza Momiji-no-Yu are located right next to the Mt. Myogi Panorama Park. From the outdoor baths, you can get great views of Mt. Myogi and other famous mountains in Gunma like Mt. Akagi and Mt. Haruna. The outdoor Hanami-Buro (cherry blossom viewing bath) is super popular in spring when you can see the cherry blossoms in bloom on the trees growing right next to the hot springs.
The Sakura-no-Sato Prefectural Forest Park is located in the south western area of Mt. Myogi. 45 different kinds of 5,000 cherry blossom trees are planted in the vast 47 ha of the park which bloom every year from mid-April to mid-May allowing you to enjoy marvelous views when they are in full bloom. Throughout the park, you can find many areas perfect for a picnic.
Mt. Myogi Autumn Festival
Mt. Myogi is known as a great spot for the changing colors of fall. The contrast of the bright colors of autumn with the scraggy mountain cliffs is exactly what makes Mt. Myogi one of the top three most rugged scenes in Japan. Every year on November 3rd the mountain is bustling with performing arts at Myogi Shrine and other activities during the Mt. Myogi Autumn Festival.