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Discover Hidden Sacred Mountain: Mount Oyama

Let's go to Mount Oyama where is Sacred Mountain 1 hour from Shinjuku!

What is Oyama?

"Sagaminokuni Osumigun Oyamadera Amefuri Jinja Shinkei", Utagawa Tadahide, 1858

Oyama is a 1252 meter high holy mountain in Isehara City, Kanagawa prefecture. It has been an object of faith and a place of teaching throughout history, and was worshipped by people of all walks of life. During the prosperous Edo era(1603-1868), around 200,000 of the 1 Million population of Edo (Tokyo) is said to have visited the mountain.

Yoritomo offered a sword to defeat Taira clan, and it is said that from this the culture of "Osamedachi" (sword offering) was born, and its influence can even be seen in Japanese Rakugo comedy and Ukiyo-e art. Further, the shrine God  of Oyama Afuri Shrine, known as the Oyamatsumino-okami is said to be the father of the mount Fuji God known as Konohano-sakuyahime, and said "If you climb mount Fuji you must climb mount Oyama, if you climb mount Oyama, you must climb mount Fuji”, and from this, the tradition of visiting and revering both mountains was born.

The surrounding area is full of delights such as the seasonal natural surroundings, the historic Oyama Afuri Shrine, the stunning views from the mountain cable car, and places to sample the local cuisine. From 2016, it was registered as a national treasure by the Japanese government.

4 Places you should go in Oyama

Oyama Afuri Shrine

his shrine was built in 200BC. It houses the Gods Oyamatsumino-okami (Mountain God)Takaokamino-kami (Water God)・Oikazuchino-kami (Thunder God). The lower shrine has an "Osamedachi" exhibition (sword offering ritual) as well as a place where one can drink the mountain's holy water.

Mount Oyama

Mt.Oyama is known as the "rain fall mountain", and was revered as a place that brought rain. The blessing of rain from the heavens gave birth to the thick forest area below, providing a habitat for the wild deer and boar.

Oyama Cable Car

This is a cable car of 800 meters that links the Oyama cable car station with the Oyama Afuri Shrine station. On the lower mountain side, there are numerous viewing seats with a curved glass that extends from below up to the ceiling, providing stunning views of the surrounding area.

Koma Sando Street

There are numerous areas of interest including Oyama Tofu and Oyama spinning top toys, guest houses where visitors can enjoy hot pot dishes made with local vegetables and souvenir shops. There are 362 steps in all, and visitors can enjoy pictures of spinning tops and quizzes along the way.

Access to Oyama


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Koki Miyashita

Author & Editor