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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Nature

Mt Katsuragi 葛城山

Peak destination for nature lovers and hikers

Mt. Katsuragi is a favorite for those seeking abundant natural beauty and fresh mountain air away from the urban centers of Kansai.

Don't Miss

  • The spectacular display of azaleas which blanket the mountain in late spring
  • Taking the ropeway or walking one of the many trails to the summit while experiencing great views along the way

How to Get There

Reach Mt. Katsuragi by train and bus from Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto.

The mountain's ropeway base station, Tozanguchi Station, is most easily accessed by bus from Kintetsu Gose Station, across from JR Gose Station. Buses depart from stop three and take 15-20 minutes.

From Kyoto, take the Kintetsu Line rapid express train to Kintetsu Gose Station via Kashiharajingu-mae and Shakudo stations. The journey takes about 1 hour 35 minutes.

From Abenohashi Station in Osaka, take the Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line to Kintetsu Gose Station via Shakudo Station before taking the bus to Tozanguchi Station and the mountain ropeway.

From Nara Station take the JR line to Gose Station via Takada Station. The journey is approximately 1 hour 10 minutes. From here head to Kintetsu Gose Station, a 5-minute walk away.

Immerse yourself in nature

Mt. Katsuragi is home to a well-maintained network of hiking trails through its verdant forests. The Kujira-no-taki course, which roughly follows the route of the cable car, passes some lovely waterfalls and takes approximately 1 hour 15 minutes to the summit.

The charming town at the foot of the mountain

If you have another hour or two to spare, walk from Kintetsu Gose Station via the ancient shrine of Kamoyamaguchi-jinja ending at Takagamo-jinja shrine, which enables you to see more of the charming town at the foot of the mountain.

Stay overnight for stunning views

In May, azaleas transform the plateau into a stunning, deep pink hue. It is incredibly crowded during this time, and so it is worth arriving here in the evening. Stay at either the camping site or lodge at the summit and get an early start the next morning.

A wonderful place for nature-lovers

While the spring is the most popular period for local tourism, Mt. Katsuragi offers nature-lovers for much of the year. Flowering grasses including raspberries and violets bloom until the summer season, and the sweet fragrance of gold-banded lilies fill the air during the warmer months before the amaryllis flowers emerge in September. In winter the mountain is typically covered in snow.

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