Hiking Around Mt. Myogi
Tomioka City Tourism Association
An otherworldly landscape of rugged spikes, Mt.Myogi`s unusually craggy rock formations are the result of millions of years of erosion of what was once a volcano.
Known as one of Japan’s Three Rare Great Scenic Beauties, the mountain’s bizarre spires and sculptural rocks become even more fantastical in autumn, when yellow and red foliage creep up their sides in a burst of color. A popular hiking destination, its seven peaks offer breathtaking panoramic views of Gunma Prefecture’s mountainous landscape and numerous trails from beginner friendly routes to sharp inclines for experienced climbers.
For a gentler experience, begin at the hilltop Myogi Shrine, an Important Cultural Property that was established in 537 on a revered spiritual spot featuring 500-year-old cedar trees. An ornate group of black lacquered structures, embellished with carvings colored in gold, red and green, the shrine’s decor was crafted by artisans known for their work on Nikko's Toshogu Shrine.
Other attractions close to the shrine include Momiji no Yu, an open-air onsen hot spring bath, ideal for a relaxing dip after a long trek, and a Michi no eki Myogi, a “roadside station” rest stop selling local produce and souvenirs. For something different and further afield, take a 30-minute taxi ride to the Tomioka Silk Mill, a Meiji Era (1868-1912) textile factory and World Heritage Site.
10 minutes by car or taxi from JR Matsuida Station. Alternatively, 30 minutes by car or taxi from Joshu-Tomioka Station on the Joshin Dentetsu Line.
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