Mt. Homan 宝満山
Hike up from Dazaifu to a peak offering a campsite and sky-high panoramic views of Fukuoka
Mt. Homan is a challenging but rewarding half-day hike on the edge of Dazaifu City . It offers sweeping views of Fukuoka, from the coastline and city in the north to the mountains in the south.
How to Get There
The trailhead of Kamado Jinja is at the base of Mt. Homan and can be reached by the local community bus that leaves from Dazaifu Station.
Buses leave approximately once an hour and take 10 minutes to Kamado-jinja. On foot, you can reach Kamado-jinja in 35 to 40 minutes.
The trail up
The trail leading up Mt. Homan runs between the twin shrines of Kamado-jinja and is used as a pilgrimage route for those praying to find a partner in life.
The larger of the two shrines is at the mountain's base, and is an example of modern shrine design, having been renovated relatively recently. At the top of the mountain is the smaller tributary shrine, weather-worn but standing strong.
The trail up the mountain is well signposted and takes one to two hours in total. It is mostly well surfaced, but hiking boots and appropriate gear are recommended. The path becomes steeper and rockier as you approach the summit.
Get the best views
Near the top of the mountain is a campsite, and many choose to spend a night here before returning back to the base of the mountain. The summit is at 829 meters, and on clear days the views are just stunning.
Keep your energy
To return to the base of the mountain, follow the signs back to Kamado-jinja. The return leg should take about an hour, depending on how much energy you have left.
Enjoy the end of the hiking
Make a note of the bus timetable at Kamado-jinja so you can time your return to the base with a departing bus. Buses run approximately once an hour. If you find you've just missed a bus, head to one of the nearby cafes slightly down the hill from the shrine.