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- A great way to see Sapporo from above. The cable car ride is very much enjoy by the children. Up in the top, it is very cold even with jacket onWritten January 29, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A must do when in Hakodate is to go up the mountain. You can go on the rope way or by the bus that leaves from the station bus depot.
We went in the late afternoon and had been warned get to the bus stop early as there will be a line up and you may not get on the bus and have to wait for the next one .
That information turned out to be very good, we were there 30 minutes early and were third in line, by the time the bus came there were about 100 plus people waiting, we got a seat no problem and many people had to stand, others had to wait for the next bus so worth keeping that in mind .
On the way up to the mountain top the view was good but at the top we were in heavy cloud.
The place was packed, quite a lot of tour buses were parked there.
Hard to get a spot neat the viewing area railing , once you did hang onto it .
Every time there was a slight break in the clouds a roar went up from a big group of students who were there , that added to the atmosphere, Glad we took coats with us as it was cold up there, completely different from down at the mountain base.
We were there for about an hour all up , the clouds moved away twice just for a few seconds but not completely so hard to get cleat photos of the city and port below.
The lights do look great, on a clear night they say it is one of the best night views in Japan . We came back down on the first bus .
Every one seems to want to do it at night to see the lights, but I think it would be great in the daytime to actually see all there is to see .Written September 15, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Bring cash for the big Buddha and shrine!
Very nice hike lots of steps and a very cool view. Also...black ice cream!! It’s just vanilla but it looks cool! Bring water to hydrate! And be prepared for lots of steps.
Took the ferry from Yokosuka and that was beautiful during sunset and there was a nice restaurant with limited but yummy options.Written May 26, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Amazing view at the top! Worth it! Easy to access from Ito and especially convenient if you take the bus route offered which stops directly at the mountain.Written March 23, 2022
- Under COVID, we were thinking of somewhere remote by trying to stay away from the crowded place but we were wrong.
The queues for cable car and lifts were too long so we decided to take a path up to the summit.
It was bit challenging for my 6 year old daughter but we managed to climb!
It was more surprising that the summit was as crowded as the bottom.
Unfortunately we could not see Mt Fuji but we were happy to make it to the peak.
It was great for one day hiking!Written November 22, 2020
- Shirakami Sanchi (白神山地)🏞️
UNESCO World Heritage with beautiful and wild expanse of beach/mixed forest-covered mountains. 🌊🌲
🛬 From Aomori Airport, rented a small car 🚗drive through the beautiful natural scenery then end up to Odate-Noshiro airport. 🛫
If you love nature and wilderness Shirakami Sanchi is an ideal place to visit!Written October 24, 2019
- Aso-san, the symbol of Kumamoto Prefecture, is the largest compound volcano in Japan, situated in the central part of Aso Kuju National Park. The central cone group consists of five peaks, the highest 1592-meter Taka-dake, still active – – Naka-dake, Neko-dake, Eboshi-dake, and Kishima-dake. This mountain boasts arguably the largest caldera in the world, extending 25 kilometers in the north-south direction and 18 kilometers in the east-west direction.
(阿蘇山は阿蘇くじゅう国立公園の中央部に位置する日本最大の複式活火山で、熊本県のシ ンボルである。中央火口丘群の5つの峰、標高1,592mの最高峰・高岳、現在も活動中の中岳、根子岳、烏帽子岳、杵島岳から成る。東西約18km・南北約25kmに及ぶ世界最大の力ルデラを誇ると言えよう)Written August 20, 2020
- Hiked Mount Fuji in August. Got super windy the higher up we climbed so pack some layers. Overall was awesome and very doable for all climbers. Pretty cool to stand on the tallest peak in JapanWritten January 26, 2022
- Another high Mountain/Hill for us … to reach the castle! 金華山is good for short hike (300m?) and that’s what we saw many locals doing. Less adventurous and we took the ropeway straight up. It cost 1080 Yen (100 Yen discount if you show a coupon obtainable from sta. Tourists Info Centre). It was a smooth and enjoyable uphill view during the short ride, within 5 mins.
To be fair we only explore the small area leading to the castle and not beyond like the hikers did.. Like most Mount we visited it is mainly a forest sanctuary, beautifully coloured depending on the Seasons. The view of Nagara River and the Gifu city is simply breathe-taking! There are several spots or viewing terrace to see panorama of the area below. There some steep steps up to the observatory. We were hungry so went into the Terrace café and took a bite. The “squirrel” tonkatsu cost just 1100 Yen which is very reasonable considered that this is a tourist-horde area! And is air conditioned, with great view!. Visited Gifu Park Squirrel enclosure
We were here for the castle, but as most TA reviewers mentioned the route and steps are challenging which may pose problems for some (see attached pic). It was crowed on a Sunday noon time, but enjoyable. We can imagine how nice the view will be in evening time when you can see the sunset and all city lights.Written December 15, 2018
- This mountain provides good views on clear days -- or so I was told! Unfortunately we had a hazy day when views were not so good.
But that didn't stop us enjoying the day out. My 70-something Japanese friends drove up to the lower train station are, where we had a bite to eat, then walked up at least 300 steps to reach the train.
The train journey up through forest was pleasant, and would be wonderful in autumn colours. At the top there are a number of restaurants and shops, and hiking trails to reach the 2 peaks. We took the longer, marginally higher one, a rocky path that was quite slippy due to the morning's rain. The trail was quite busy -- several groups and 3 parties of schoolchildren were on their way down. There is a shrine at the top, and a very small, slick rocky promontory from where you can enjoy the views.
The ropeway down is nearer, and you can go down that way, but it does take you to a different lower station.
We returned the way we had come, and had a good, inexpensive lunch in a restaurant where we could look down the hillside.Written July 4, 2019
Mountaineering equipment is required.It is a mountain trip for about 3 to 4 hours.There is a steep rocky zone.The outlook is good.Written August 19, 2019
- I wanted to take my time climbing Mt. Kaimondake because I’m almost recovered from my knee injury, so I took the 9.10am bus from Ibusuki to Kaimon Station. While walking to the trail head on my way in from the main road, I was greeted warmly by a lady sweeping in the Shinto shrine at the bottom of the mountain.
At about 11am, I started my slow ascent and reached the top of the mountain around 1.20pm. There were not many people on the trek but I adopted a snail pace anyway. Sadly, this is one of those trails that doesn’t have many nice viewpoints enroute, even though the view from the top is indeed marvellous. At the summit, you’ll actually be standing higher than Tokyo Skytree itself! The curious sight of small groups of trekkers sitting around eating their bentos at the summit was accompanied by the fragrance of cooking noodles, making me regret not bringing some food of my own as well. I only had crackers and water, so I made the most of them while waiting in vain for the clouds to clear.
At 3.30pm, I started down at a brisk pace because I don’t want to get caught trekking after sundown. I reached the base of the mountain around 6pm. Most of the nearby restaurants seem to be closed so I had to walk out further to find food. End up taking the 9pm train back to Ibusuki after eating a hearty local teppenyaki dinner some way down the main road.Written May 18, 2020
- I regret I didn't have time to climb the mountain. It's icon for people at Yufu city. I don't know there is good way to access the trail head. May be next time!Written March 20, 2020
- Drove over to Oyama, just a 22km jaunt for myself, but was a 43min drive. There is some free parking located here (35.4372723, 139.2545558), it’s for a campground, but wide open to whomever, want to say probably enough parking for at least 50 cars.
It’s a 4.3km (+/- depending where you park) hike with an elevation gain of 880m to the 1252m summit. This was my first ever hike, not counting a run (literally) up Fuji from station 5 on the south side to about half way between 7 and 8 once when I was on a drive, people coming down thought I was crazy as I was just in shorts/t-shirt with some basketball shoes and zero gear whatsoever.
Anyways this route is not at all easy, steep steps(natural or manmade) with plenty of open roots and rock. Twisted my ankle about half way up, but kept on going though my pace was quite slowed due to it. Legs completely cramped up with about 150m still to climb, powered on through the pain. We started late as it was an impromptu decision so got underway right before 1PM, got back to the parking area in complete agony at about 5:45. Using our phones as flashlights as it got completely dark once back down into the forest.
If you’re looking for a nice little leg burn, I can easily suggest this hike. Not sure if the normal route from the cable car stations that most take is easier or harder, but if harder, all I can say is damn that. :)Written January 2, 2019