Recommended Route Kansai (Kyoto)
Kyoto by the Sea Short Walking Tour on the Oni Trail
A Journey to Uncover Kyoto’s Natural Beauty
The Oni Trail is a 100-kilometer-long trail that traces the legend of the oni (demons or ogres) of the Oeyama mountain range in Kyoto by the Sea (northern Kyoto Prefecture), from the mountains where they lived, to the volcanic rock rising out of the Sea of Japan where they were sealed away. Tour by walking with a local outdoor guide along a varied route that includes the Miyazu Kaido route dating back to the middle ages, the traverse of the Oe Mountain Range, the Amanohashidate land bridge and ancient pilgrimage route, and the UNESCO San'in Kaigan Geopark.
This tour is a half version of the Oni Trail, which allows visitors to experience the history and culture of the region as well as the original landscape and lifestyle of Japan.
The temple grounds are decorated with illustrated explanations of Shuten-doji, and the enshrined statues of red and blue oni seeming to stand guard in the center of the main hall are an impressive sight. You can also view the sake bottle and cups connected with the legend of Shuten-doji that are kept at Nariaiji Temple. After lunch at a local eatery, travel on a tour boat where you can admire Amanohashidate from the water on your way to Amanohashidate Station where you’ll take a well-deserved hot spring bath. In the evening, savor Italian cuisine made with vinegar brewed from organic rice grown in Miyazu. Then gently fall asleep savoring the memories of your trip, enjoying the history, culture, and cuisine of northern Kyoto with all five senses.