Have you ever imagined being at the top of a mountain and having a panoramic look on the world around you? It is possible at Mount Omuro (Omuroyama) on the Izu peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture. Izu peninsula is known for its hot springs, beaches, and cliffs, and it is an all-time favorite spot in the prefecture due to the region’s volcanic geology. Of course, Mount Fuji is the most famous mountain in the area, but Mt. Omuro, an extinct volcano, is a close second. It is the highest peak in its area, standing at 580 meters.
Mt. Omuro is a gently sloped volcano on the eastern coast of Ito peninsula, and it was formed 4000 years ago. Its crater has a diameter of 300 meters, and is 70 meters deep. There is a climbing lift that runs from the foot of the mountain all the way to the top. It runs slowly, and it doesn’t go too high up from the ground. There is no other way to reach or climb the top than to use the lift. The lift journey takes a few minutes and gives you a scenic view around the mountain.
At the top, you will have a 360-degree panoramic view of Izu peninsula. When the weather is clear, the seven Izu islands, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, and the Amagi mountains can be seen from here.
There is a circular trail around the crater where you can take a walk while enjoying the nature that is all around you. There are many small statues of guardian deities along the trail and you can find the Sengen shrine on the top. If you would like to try your hand at archery, you can go and have a try on the archery range at the summit.
Yamayaki (mountain burning) is an annual tradition that has been happening for around 700 years, it falls on the 2nd Sunday of February. In the morning the burning of the inside of crater takes place, and later they burn the entire mountain from the bottom at noon. This is to prevent bugs and insects from entering the farms when spring comes.
There are parking facilities, souvenir shops, rest rooms and a café near the mountain. On New Year’s day, the chair lift operates extra early (at 5:40 am) so people will have the chance to view the first sunrise of the year, an important New Year’s tradition in Japan. The archery range costs 1000 yen to use, and for the chair lift there is a charge of 500 yen for one adult. The Saboten Park (Cactus Park) and Sakura-no-sato (Homeland of Cherry blossoms) are located at the foot of the mountain.
If you are in Shizuoka, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy a day at Mt. Omuro and be treated with beautiful views and nature!