Mt. Joyama (城山) to Mt. Katsuragiyama (葛木山) to Mt. Hottanjoyama (発端丈山) Part 1

Total Walking Time: 4.5 to 6 hours

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Located in Izunokuni in the Izu Peninsula, uou can see some of the best views of Mt. Fuji on Mt. Joyama, Mt. Katsuragiyama and Mt. Hottanjoyama. The hike is a pleasant long walk along the mountain range that connects these three peaks. The course is mostly easy and along a well-trodden trails, with add-on options including a walk in the park, a relaxing ropeway ride, and a really steep scramble up (and down) an unmarked trail, depending on what you fancy your hikes to be like.

Tip: If you do not wish to pack food for your hike, there is an option of stopping for a quick lunch at Mt. Katsuragiyama. There is a cafeteria serving hot food and vending machines at the Panorama Park. There is also the option of taking the ropeway from Mt. Katsuragiyama down the mountain.

I started from the central part of the Izu Peninsula, near the spa town of Shuzenji, heading westward toward the coast of western Izu. For this hike, I recommend starting from Ohito station and completing the journey at Mito, a coastal town along the Uchiura Bay. It is possible to complete this trail in reverse but this means you’d be walking with your back to Mt. Fuji and might miss out on seeing some really good views.

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The course is easy to moderate and accessible year-round. For the most part, this trail is well-trodden with hikers, and it’s mostly well-maintained and very clearly marked with signs. There is a section of the trail which is a little more challenging, but it’s optional. A walking stick could be helpful but not essential. Bring a hat, gloves, flashlight, snacks and water, mosquito repellent in summer. A shirt for a spring or autumn hike, your lightest and most effective sweat-wicking clothing and a sweat towel in summer (it gets very hot and humid), and a light jacket or windbreaker in winter.

Access:

From Mishima Station, take the privately-run Izu-Hakone train from Mishima Station (along the Tokaido line). Ohito station is two stops away from the last station, which is Shuzenji station. There are lockers at the station, but if you follow the recommended itinerary, you won’t be heading back to Ohito Station. Alternatively, you could opt to leave your bags at Numazu Station in the morning before going to Mishima Station to transfer to the Izu-Hakone train to Ohito.

Useful Japanese:

Numazu Station Numazu-eki 沼津駅
Mishima Station Mishima-eki 三島駅
Izu-Hakone Railway Izu-Hakone Tetsudo 伊豆箱根鉄道
Izu-Nagaoka Station Izu-Nagaoka eki 伊豆長岡駅
Nirayama Station Nirayama-eki 韮山駅
Ohito Station Ohito-eki 大仁駅
Shuzenji Station Shuzenji-eki 修善寺
Kano River Kanogawa 狩野川
Mt. Joyama Joyama 城山
Joyama Pass Joyama-touge 城山峠
Rindo Pass (Forest Trail Pass) Rindo-touge 林道峠
Mt. Katsuragiyama Katsuragiyama 葛城山
Katsuragiyama Pass Katsuragiyama-touge 葛木山峠
Panorama Park パノラマパーク
Masuyamadera Temple Masuyama-dera 益山寺
Mt. Hottanjoyama Hottanjoyama 発端丈山
Nagahama Trailhead Nagahama-touge 長浜峠
Mito Town Mito 三津
Uchiura Bay Uchiura-wan 内浦湾
Nirayama Reverberatory Furnaces Nirayama hansharo 韮山反射炉
Strawberry Picking Ichigo-gari 苺狩り

Mt. Joyama to Mt. Katsuragiyama to Mt. Hottanjoyama Part 2

Mt. Joyama to Mt. Katsuragiyama to Mt. Hottanjoyama Part 3

Around the Izu Peninsula

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