Mt. Horaiji 鳳来寺山
An area of unspoiled natural beauty and tranquil spiritualism
A place where Japanese nature and mysticism mixes together, Mt. Horaiji sits in a stunning area which is a top choice on any fall colors lover's agenda.
How to Get There
Mt. Horai is accessible by local bus from Nagashinojo Station.
From Nagoya Station, you can take the shinkansen to Toyohashi Station and transfer to the JR Iida Line to Nagashinojo Station. For those without the JR Rail pass, the cheapest route to Toyohashi is on the Meitestsu line from Meitetsu Nagoya Station.
Horaiji Temple located on the mountain was built in 703 and is believed to have curative powers
Mt. Horaiji is 695 meters tall
Natural sights and sounds
Strap up your walking boots and head to Mt. Horaiji if you want a firsthand experience of the bond between nature and divinity that underpins Japanese religion.
Climbing the 1,425 stone steps halfway up the mountain to Horaiji Temple takes you through ancient cedar and cypress trees and the habitat of the Japanese scops owl. Keep an ear out for its distinctive hoot of ‘bu-po-so' which, rather fittingly for this area steeped in spirituality, sounds like a combination of the local abbreviations for Buddha, sutra, and priest.
An autumnal festival and stunning views
Horaiji Temple sits below an extraordinary sheer cliff face, and in the autumn you can look out into the valley below and savor the stunning sight of the turning maple trees.
In the latter half of November, you should definitely attend Horaiji Maple Festival that stages all manner of events and sells many local specialties that make excellent souvenirs.