What to Expect
1. How to get there
Mt. Nokogiri is located at the east side of Tokyo Bay, or at the southern part of the Boso Peninsula in Chiba prefecture. The nearest station is Hamakanaya station of JR Uchibo line. It takes about 1.5 hours from Chiba, and 2 hours from Tokyo station by train.
Along the way from Chiba to Hamakanaya, you can see local sceneries including residential areas, rice fields, and the Tokyo bay.
2. Spectacle views from the summit of Mt. Nokogiri
After a short walk from Hamakanaya station, we will ride a rope-way that takes us to the top of the mountain which is 330m high and used to be a stone cutting site. It offers an amazing cliff view overlooking the Tokyo Bay and the Miura Peninsula. There is the vantage point called Jigoku-Nozoki, which means "a glimpse into hell".
3. Sacred Nohon-ji temple
A few stairs down from the rope-way station, there is an entrance of the Nihon-ji temple, a beautiful Buddhist complex in the mountain. There are huge Buddhist stone statues in harmony with sacred forests. They are the goddess of mercy called Hyakushaku Kannon (30m tall) and the healing Buddha called Yakushi Nyorai (31m tall) which is regarded as the largest seated Buddhist statue in Japan. They were originally curved in 18th century. There are also 1,500 small stone statues called Sengohyaku Rakan in the precinct.
4. A seaside rest-house called "The FISH"
At the foot of the mountain, there is a seaside rest-house called "The FISH" having a seafood restaurant, a bakery and souvenir shops. You can rest and have a meal with seeing the beautiful ocean. It is interesting to see local specialties including fresh fish and shells, processed seafood, and Baumkuchen being baked.