A two day trip exploring Japanese culture on Mount Oyama, a Japan Heritage site

A two day trip exploring Japanese culture on Mount Oyama, a Japan Heritage site

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Ooyama-cable

Ooyama-cable

Ooyama cable car will take you to a great scenic spot that is located at a height of 700 m above sea level in 6 minutes. The cable car is 0.8 km long and the difference of elevation between stations is 278 m. Passengers can fully enjoy grand views from a large window of the cable car: a view of Enoshima spreading below the cable, seasonal sceneries of Oyama and other superb prospects. The cable car won a Good Design Award in 2016. Passengers are allowed to have a stopover at the intermediate station, Oyamadera station.

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Ooyama Afuri Shrine

Ooyama Afuri Shrine

This is an ancient shrine which is said to be built over 2000 years ago. Known as a place for praying for rain, as well as a sacred ground revered by many generals, the pilgrimage to Mount Ooyama became popular in the Edo Period. In 2016, this pilgrimage was designated as a Japan heritage site, with the view from Afuri Shrine featured with two Michelin stars.

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Oyama Shukubo (pilgrims' lodging at a temple)

Oyama Shukubo (pilgrims' lodging at a temple)

Mt. Oyama has been a theme for rakugo Oyama Mairi and a subject matter of Ukiyoe. Afuri Jinja (Shinto shrine) and Aburisan Oyamadera (Buddhist temple) were deeply believed in by the common people in Edo, and this religious development had led to prosperity of shukubo (pilgrims'' lodging) and souvenir shops at Mt. Oyama. About 50 shukubos are still in business, and their specialty is Tofu dishes. Clear spring water is used in making Tofus. Each shukubo provide variety of Tofu dishes. Tamagaki (a fence around a shrine), Temizuya (place to wash hands and mouth), and Kabukimon (gate) create an atmosphere and liveliness of Edo period. The view from Oyama Afuri Jinjya was published on Michelin Green Guide Japon in June 2015 (Heisei 27) as a two-star scenic spot. Furthermore, Oyama Mairi was registered as Japan Heritage in April 2016 (Heisei 28). Mt. Oyama will draw many vsitors/tourists' attention.

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Hinata Yakushi (Buudhist temple)

Hinata Yakushi (Buudhist temple)

Hinata Yakushi is one of the Three Greatest Yakushi, and its principal image of Buddha is Yakushi Sanzon. The religious school the temple belong now is the Koyasan Shingon sect. The main building of the temple was disassembled and repaired for the first time in about 300 years. The refurbished beautiful building with a thatched roof made its appearance after seven years of repairment. Hojobo (Hinata Yakushi), which was founded by Gyoki (Buddhist monk) in 716, celebrated its 1300th anniversary. *The Buddhist image is unveiled on January 1st thtough 3rd (the first three days of the new year), 8th (first Yakushi), and April 15th (annual spring festival)

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