Hike to Mount Oyama, Mount Sannoto & Mount Tonodake in the Tanzawa Mountains (part 2): From Yabitsu Pass to Okura

Continuing the spring hike to the Tanzawa Mountains.

Above, start of the trail to Mount San-no-to.

Above, Mount Oyama from the summit of Mount Sannoto.

Above, view of Mount To in the distance, from the summit of Mount Sannoto.

Above, on the way to Mount Tonodake.

Above, view of Mount Sannoto.

Above, summit of Mount To.

Above, hazy Mount Fuji.

Above, on the way to Okura bus terminal.

Above, Mount Sannoto and Mount Oyama.

Above, Okura bus station.

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Hike to Mount Oyama, Mount Sannoto & Mount Tonodake in the Tanzawa Mountains (part 1): From Hinata Yakushi To Yabitsu Pass

In May, I went back to the Tanzawa Mountains, in Kanagawa. This time, I started at Hinata Yakushi (日向薬師), in Atsugi, east of the mountains. I took the bus from Isehara station and got off at the last stop then started walking. I went through Mount Oyama (大山), Mount Sannoto (三ノ塔) and Mount Tonodake (塔ノ岳). From there, I walked down the mountain to take the bus at the Okura (大倉) bus terminal. It was a great day, although it was foggy at first. Mount Fuji was even visible from Mount To.

Above, at Hinata Yakushi.

Above, pagoda at Johotsugan-ji Temple.

Above, Sekiun-ji Temple.

Above, start of the trail to Mount Oyama.

Above, view of Oyama Afuri shrine.

Above. Mount Oyama lost in the fog, seen from Miharashidai.

Above, Oyama Afuri shrine.

Above, start of the trail to the summit of Mount Oyama.

Above, fog at the summit.

Above, the fog lifted while I was at the summit.

Above, on the way down to Yabitsu Pass (ヤビツ峠).

Above, in better weather, Mount Fuji can be seen from here.

Above, at Yabitsu Pass.

Above, to get to the start of the trail to Mount Sannoto, I took an alternate trail in  the forest (at the back of the parking lot) instead of the paved road.

Above, the trail did not arrive exactly where I needed to go so I had to double back using the paved road.

Hike to Mount To, Mount Tanzawa & Mount Sannoto

Last week, I went back to the Tanzawa mountains in Kanagawa Prefecture. This time, I hiked up Mount To (塔ノ岳; 1491m), Mount Tanzawa (丹沢山; 1567m) and Mount Sannoto (三ノ塔; 1205m). Those mountains are quite popular: They are easily accessible with public transportation and the trail is very well-developed (stairs and huts at every summit). When the weather is good, it can offer great views on Mount Fuji. I was unlucky though: The forecast was “Sunny” but there was a lot of fog instead.

I reached the trail by first taking the Odakyu Line train to Shibusawa station (渋沢駅). Then I took the bus to the Okura (大倉) bus terminal. After that, I just followed the signs. The trail follows the Okura Ridge (大倉尾根). On the way back from Mount To, instead of taking the same path I came, I took the trail in the direction of Yabitsu Pass (ヤビツ峠): It goes through the summit of Mount Sannoto before reaching the pass. From there, I took the bus to Hadano station.

Above, at the Okura bus terminal, in the morning.

Above, a bridge in a park near the bus terminal.

Above, road on the way to the trailhead.

Above, on the trail to Mount To.

Above, Mount Fuji.

Above, hut on the way to the summit of Mount To.

Above, group of sika deer grazing on the slope.

Above, summit of Mount To.

Above, looking west in the direction of Mount Fuji.

Above, in the early morning, it was still very cold at the summit.

Above, cooking ramen.

Above, on the way to Mount Tanzawa.

Above, muddy trail.

Above, at the summit of Mount Tanzawa.

Above, clouds on the way back from Mount Tanzawa to Mount To. I took the same path as when I came.

Above, back at the summit of Mount To.

Above, on the trail to Mount Sannoto and Yabitsu Pass.

Above, view of Mount Oyama (大山) in the distance.

Above, view of the summit of Mount Sannoto.

Above, statue at the summit of Mount Sannoto.

Above, looking back at Mount To, now lost in the fog.

Above, trail to Yabitsu Pass.

Above, at Yabitsu Pass. I followed the mountain road to get to the bus stop.

Hike to Mount Oyama (Tanzawa Mountains)

Mount Oyama is a 1252m peak in the Tanzawa-Oyama Quasi-National Park, in Kanagawa Prefecture. I went there on a day trip a few weeks ago. The base of the mountain can be reached by bus from Isehara Station (Odakyu Line, 1 hour from Shinjuku). Halfway to the summit is the shinto Oyama-Afuri Shrine, which is also accessible by cablecar. After reaching the summit of Mount Oyama and taking in the view, I went down the mountain through Yabitsu Pass and then to Minoge, where I took the bus to Hadano Station.

Above, spinning tops are one of the local specialties.

Above, on the so-called Men’s Trail to Oyama-Afuri Shrine. There is also a  Women’s Trail that goes through Oyama-Dera Temple before reaching the shrine.

Above, Oyama-Afuri Shrine.

Above, on the path to the summit of Mount Oyama.

Above, view of Mount Fuji.

Above, shrine at the summit of Mount Oyama.

Above, at the summit, looking to the east.

Above, trail to Yabitsu Pass.

Above, nice autumn colors at Yabitsu Pass.

Above, on the way down to Minoge.

Above, in front of the Minoge bus stop.

Above, on the train back to Shinjuku.