Hiking traial to visit Oyama



* Transportation time is a rough estimate.
* The contents of this route are as of November 2017.
* This is a hiking trail including stone stairs and mountain paths. Please prepare suitable clothing, equipment, etc. 

Course guide

Isehara Sta. on the Odakyu Odawara Line

- 30-min. by bus -

1. Koma-sando (approach to the shrine)



Get on a bus bound for Oyama Cable from the north exit of Isehara Station. In 30 minutes, you will arrive at Oyama Cable Station, the last stop of the bus route, where Isehara hiking trail starts.
Koma-sando consists of 362 stone stairs and the approach is lined by restaurants serving local specialties, inns, souvenir shops on both sides. Visitors can enjoy the special atmosphere of old temple town of Oyama. Going up all the stairs, there is Oyama Cable Station, but in this route you climb the mountain on foot.

[See the map of Koma-sando area]


- 15-min. walk -


2. Onna-zaka



Passing Oyama Cable Station and walking a while, you will come to a fork leading to Otoko-zaka slope where you go up the steep stairs directly to Oyama-Afuri-jinja Shrine Lower Shrine and Onna-zaka slope of gentle slope. In this route you go Onna-zaka. (You can’t visit Oyama-dera Temple if you choose Otoko-zaka.)


- 15-min. walk -

3. Oyama-dera Temple




Going up Onna-zaka for 15 minutes, you will arrive at Oyama-dera Temple. Oyama-dera Temple is said to have been established in the 8th century, and protected well by warlords and Edo Shogunate.
At the temple, you can try “throwing an earthen ware”. It is believed that you can dispel evil and invite good luck by throwing an earthen ware about 6cm in diameter from the cliff. It is also said that good fortune visits you if you can throw it through “Fuku-wa (good luck circle)” which is about 2.5m in diameter located down the cliff. Why don’t you try your luck? 
Oyama-dera Temple is famous for its beautiful autumn foliage. The best viewing time is from mid to late November. The fallen leaves dying the stone stairs vivid red is just overwhelming. During this season, the area is lit up and filled with visitors seeking the fantastic night view of fall foliage.

[See the map of Oyama-dera Temple
[Website of Oyama-dera Temple (currently only in Japanese)]


- 25-min. walk -

4. Oyama-Afuri-jinja Shrine Lower Shrine




Going up Onna-zaka further for 25 minutes from Oyama-dera Temple, you will arrive at Oyama-Afuri-jinja Shrine Lower Shrine.
Oyama-Afuri-jinja Shrine, which is said to have been established over 2200 years ago, has one of the longest histories in the Kanto region. It was worshipped by many warlords and also by the general public in the Edo period. Going on a pilgrimage to Oyama was a popular activity, which was certified as Japan Heritage by the national government.
The superb view from Oyama-Afuri-jinja Shrine, which sits at 700m above sea level, is introduced in the “Michelin Green Guide Japan (4th edition)”, a travel guide published by a French company Michelin, with two stars (“worthy of a visit” mark).
Take time and enjoy the internationally-recognized view. You may let out a cry of surprise without thinking.

[See the map of Oyama-Afuri-jinja Shrine Lower Shrine]
[Website of Oyama-Afuri-jinja Shrine (currently only in Japanese)]


- 25-min. walk -

5. Miharashi-dai viewing spot



Going 10 minutes from the Lower Shrine, there is Niju-taki Fall, where practitioners of mountaineering asceticism are said to have performed ablutions. It is also believed that a dragon appeared in the fall, and the fall is known as a place that gives you spiritual energy.
15 minutes from the fall is where Miharashi-dai is located. While Oyama-Afuri-jinja Shrine commands a southern view, from Miharashi-dai you can see north and east views. It also commands fine views of the top of Mt. Oyama and Tanzawa Mountain range.


- 95-min. walk -

6. Hinata-yakushi Temple




It takes 95 minutes from the observatory to Hinata-yakushi Temple. You will go down the mountain path for an hour on the way, and then walk the paved road along Hinata Valley.
Hinata-yakushi Temple is said to have been built in the early 8th century. Its main hall and principal image Yakushi Nyorai enshrined there are designated as important cultural properties by the national government.
The Main Hall underwent extensive renovation that started in 2010 and completed in November 2016. It was the first renovation including disassembling in 350 years since the previous large-scale repair work in the Edo period. Now you can see the stately and beautiful thatched roof, the distinctive feature of the Main Hall.

[See the map of Hinata-yakushi Temple]
[Website of Hinata-yakushi Temple (currently only in Japanese)]


- 20-min. by bus -

Isehara Sta. on the Odakyu Odawara Line

Other recommended points

There are many other must-see spots in Isehara in addition to the places introduced here. 
Please visitthe website of Isehara City Tourist Association orthe City of Isehara (Please select the language in the upper right corner of the window.)for information.

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