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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 Omine 大峯山

## A peak to delight serious climbers with a five-day trail for trekkers and onsen nearby

Mt. Omine is a great place for climbers, trekkers, and the full pilgrim experience, especially if you take the challenging Omine-Okugake Trail from Mt. Yoshino all the way to the three shrines of Kumano in neighboring Wakayama.

Don't Miss

  • Venturing up to Ominesanji Temple, the center of worship for the Shugendo religion (men only)
  • Visiting the centuries-old temple of Ryusenji, a prime spot for viewing autumn foliage

How to Get There

You can get to the mountain by train.

While you can hike to the summit of Mt. Omine from Dorogawa Onsen, whose nearest station is Shimoichiguchi Station, the Omine-Okugake Trail starts at Mt. Yoshino; to reach Mt. Yoshino, get off at Yoshino Station.

From Tokyo or Kyoto: Take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen to Kyoto Station. Change to the Kintetsu Line. Getting to Shimoichiguchi Station or Yoshino Station takes about an hour and 45 minutes.

From Osaka: From Abenohashi Station in Osaka, it takes an hour and 25 minutes on the Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line to Shimoichiguchi Station or Yoshino Station.

From Nara: From Kintetsu Nara Station, take the Kintetsu Line to Yoshino or Shimoichiguchi stations, with changes at Yamato-Saidaiji and Kashihara-jingu-mae. The journey takes approximately one and a half hours.

One of the taller mountains in the Kansai area

At 1,719 meters, Mt. Omine is one of the taller mountains in the Kansai area. It is a tough climb to the top, with some rock scrambling involved, but the views of the surrounding Inamura-gadake and Dainichi-yama mountain ranges are very rewarding.

A training site for mountain ascetics

The mountain has been a training site of Shugendo mountain asceticism for some 1300 years, and the trail has been well-worn by the footsteps of pilgrims and keen hikers who arrive between May and September when the main temple, Ominesan-ji, is open.

Unfortunately, a sign at the base of the path indicates that access to women is still not permitted due to the beliefs of this religion.

Omine-Okugake Trail

If you decide to walk the approximately 100-kilometer Omine-Okugake Trail, there are basic mountain accommodations along the way and plenty of hot springs in which to soak your weary feet. It takes about five days to complete the trail.

Surrounding attractions

Even if you do not plan to hike Mt. Omine, drop by Ryusenji Temple at the foot of mountain, where you can taste its refreshing spring water, and the limestone caves at Tenkawa.

The nearby town of Dorogawa Onsen, with its charming old townscape and ryokan inns, makes for a pleasant overnight stay in this corner of rural Nara.

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