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.
This plaza is the final stop of the Ichinomiya Greenery Path, using the former site of the West Samukawa Branch Line which closed in March 1989 (the first year of the Heisei Period). In the plaza, there is a monument featuring a scene of the old Oyama Road, “Tamura Crossing” from the Edo Period.
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.
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 are tofu dishes. Clear spring water is used in making tofu. Each shukubo provides a 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 visitors/tourists' attention.
Zenba peak is located on the border of Hadano City and Isehara City, crossing over Hadano City from Tokyo’s Akasaka Gomon, past the Yagurazawa barrier (sekisho). The Yagurazawa Okan reaching Shizuoka’s Numazu City also passes through this peak. This peak is on the Tokaido route where a lot of people in the past used it for the alternate-year residence system of the feudal lords(Sankin-Kotai), as well as transportation of goods and visiting Mount Fuji or Mount Oyama. The road passing through the peak was used until the Zenba Tunnel was completed in the early Showa period.
There are 4 large wild cherry blossom trees called 'Oyama Sakura' on the hill from Oyama elementary school to Oyama Afuri Shrine.
Oisojoyama Park is a park where the former Mitsui Zaibatsu owner had his villa as well as where former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida spent his last years.
Nijuu-no-taki, Hachidan-no-taki, Moto-taki (Fudou-taki), Rouben-taki, Atago-taki, and Misogi-no-taki are known together as the Six Waterfalls of Ooyama, and are famous as spiritual power spots.
The following events are being held:
January: Hatsumode and Tsutsugayu Festival; February: Setsubun; March: Mountain Marathon and Tofu Festival; August: Lantern-drawing Festival and the Annual Autumn Festival; September: Equinox Flowers and Autumn Cherry Blossoms; October: Bonfire Festival; November: Illuminated Red Maple.
The Oyama area is also known for its tofu.
In the Hinata area, Equinox flowers blossom starting from the middle of September. Accompanied by the green mountains and yellow rice flowers, they paint another layer of elegant colors for the mountains. Information about the blossom can be viewed on the homepage of Isehara Tourist Association.
Mount Oyama has long been firmly believed to be a mountain of spirits. During the most prosperous period of Edo, 200,000 people were recorded to visit this mountain every year. Back then, shrine visiting, beginning with the pilgrimages to Ise Shrine, was extremely popular among the people. Among the many travel destinations, Oyama was loved by many for being only two or three days away from the cities of Edo. A popular route was to have fun at Enoshima after visiting Oyama. This sight was portrayed in the classic rakugo, Oyama Mairi. In April 2016, Oyama Mairi qualified as a Japanese heritage.
At Kozenji, you can experience Zen meditation. English also available. It was founded in the late Warring States period and the honzon is a product of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.
The Koboyama Park situates near Mount Asama, Mount Gongen, and Mount Kobo, and also holds the position as a prefectural natural park. In the spring, over 2000 cherry trees blossom, making this park a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing, so much so that it was elected as one of the 100 Famous Flower Spots in Kanagawa. In addition, flowers such as hydrangeas and lilies also blossom here, making this park beautiful all year round and the best spot for a hike. Photos Provided by photolibery
At lodging facilities, you can enjoy famous tofu dishes and shishi-nabe.
Along the way to Ōyama Afuri Shrine, in addition to Onnazaka no Nana Fushigi, there are numerous power spots such as Niju Falls, Noroi no Sugi, Fuufu Sugi, Botan Iwa. Onnazaka: slope from Ōyama Cable Station~Ōyama Afuri Shrine※During the period, the autumn leaves are lit up. Photos Provided by photolibery