This sacred peak in Yamanashi Prefecture is the location of Kuonji Temple, the head temple of the Nichiren school of Buddhism. The temple is at the base of the mountain, and a 287-step stone staircase leads to a five-tiered red pagoda. The route to its 1,153-meter-high peak winds through lush cedar forests, though there is also a ropeway directly to the summit, from where you can see Mt. Fuji and the Southern Alps. Mt. Minobu is especially popular in spring, when visitors flock to see the 400-year-old weeping cherry blossom tree in front of Kuonji Temple’s main building. It is about 15 minutes by cab or bus to Minobusan Ropeway from JR Minobu Station. A visit to Mt. Minobu makes a great day trip from Tokyo.
Duration 1day / 4hours
Highest Point 1,153m
Elevation Gain No Data
Horizontal Distance No Data
* Duration is an estimate and may vary depending on route and pace.
Reference: Route to the summit using the trails on east side of Mt. Minobu Kuonji
From JR Shinjuku Station, take the Chuo Line Limited Express Azusa to Kofu Station. From there, take the Minobu Line Limited Express Fujikawa to Minobu Station. It is about 15 minutes by taxi or bus to Minobusan Ropeway from JR Minobu Station.