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Region
Chubu
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Shizuoka
Population
3,767,427

Mount Omuro

One of the attractions of Izu Peninsula is Mount Omuro, a dormant volcano that formed about 4,000 years ago that looks like an upside-down bowl.

By Abhijit Sen

The Izu Peninsula is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan mainly known for its hot springs, idyllic beaches, rocky seaside mountains, and abundance of natural resources. Near Ito on the east coast of this peninsula lies Mount Omuro, a dormant inverted bowl-shaped volcano belonging to the volcanic belt of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

The peak of Mount Omuro is 580 meters above sea level and the crater is about 300 meters wide. This picturesque mountain is covered with velvety green grass almost throughout the year and is a very popular place to enjoy a beautiful unobstructed view from its summit.

Origin and Belief

Mount Omuro

Photo by: Abhijit Sen A sacred mountain.

At the beginning of the Late Jomon period, almost 4,000 years ago, Omuroyama was formed by a large volcanic eruption. Since ancient times, Mount Omuro has been considered a sacred mountain, with a small Shinto shrine on the east side of the mountain’s crater where the god of mountains, ocean and war is believed to reside. Other than that, there are some 300-year-old five life-size Buddha statues and eight Jizo statues set on the other sides of the mountain trail.

Burning Tradition

Mount Omuro

Photo by: PIXTA/ 9.B An ancient tradition.

Mount Omuro has an interesting tradition that locals flock to its foot every year. It is called yamayaki (burning down the mountain). This 700-year-old tradition began to clear dead grass from the mountains before the spring came, which helped to grow high-quality Japanese grass that was used for daily life and to clean up insects too. Although the thatched house is hardly seen now, yet this tradition has not died out and nowadays many tourists come to see it.

Climbing Omuroyama

Mount Omuro

Photo by: Abhijit Sen All the way up.

The only way to access the top of the mountain is by the Mount Omuro chair lift. Its summit can be reached very comfortably and easily on a chair lift. Climbing the mountain on foot is strictly prohibited.

The crater tour offers an incredible 360° panoramic view and takes around 20 to 30 minutes to complete on foot. One can enjoy the view of the towering mountains looming like a wall on one side and the vast blue ocean rests peacefully on the other. From north to south, east to west, unforgettable views of Ito, Izu and Izu-Kogen can be enjoyed. On a clear day, Mount Fuji and the Southern Japanese Alps can also be seen from here.

The bowl-shaped hole in the middle of the crater is now an archery center where any visitor above 12 years of age can enjoy an archery experience regardless of their skill level. There is also a small shop at the summit where you can buy local delicacies during the trip.

Things To Know

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Sakura no Sato 

Sakura no Sato is one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Izu and has also been selected as one of the top “100 Cherry Blossom Spots” in Japan. It is located right at the foot of Omuroyama and here approximately 1,500 cherry trees of about 40 species are present. Sakura blooms there between February and April, but a special species of cherry blossoms bloom during the fall time too. No entry fee is required and it is open 24 hours.

Izu Shaboten Zoo 

Izu Shaboten Zoo is a unique kind of zoo, and it surely is a favorite place for children. About 140 species of animals such as capybara, kangaroo, sloth and 1,500 types of cacti and other succulents can be seen here. Not only do you get to see these quirky animals, but also get to enjoy interacting with many of them.

The zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission fees for Adults (junior high school students and above) on weekdays is ¥2,700 and ¥2,800 on weekends. Elementary school students on weekdays cost ¥1,300 and ¥1,400 on weekends. Infants can enter for ¥700. 

How To Get There

Address

By train

From Tokyo to Ito station by Odoriko Limited express train will take 1 hour and 45 minutes and from there to Izu Kogen it will take approximately 25 minutes by Izu Kogen line train. 

From Tokyo to Atami station, it will take 50 minutes, and from Nagoya to Atami 1 hour 50 minutes by Shinkansen. From there, it will take 30 minutes JR Ito line train to Ito.

By bus

From Izu Kogen, it will take 20 minutes, and from Ito 40 minutes for Mount Omuro Lift.

By car

From Izu Kogen is a 10-minute taxi ride and it will take 20 minutes from Ito.

Where To Stay

Izu Kogen Pension Noel
  • 615-76 Ike, Ito-shi, Shizuoka, 413-0234 Japan
  • ¥15,000 - ¥15,000
  • 4/5 (54 reviews)
  • 1.2 km
Ambient Izukogen Condominium
  • 8 Omurokogen, Ito-shi, Shizuoka, 413-0235 Japan
  • ¥8,970 - ¥66,060
  • 3.92/5 (629 reviews)
  • 1.5 km
Tenshi no Iruka
  • 1104-61 Futo, Ito-shi, Shizuoka, 413-0231 Japan
  • ¥10,500 - ¥22,500
  • 5/5 (252 reviews)
  • 2.3 km
Izu Kogen Onsen Hotel Mori no Izumi
  • 901-75 Yoshida, Ito-shi, Shizuoka, 414-0051 Japan
  • ¥14,300 - ¥28,600
  • 4.35/5 (563 reviews)
  • 2.4 km
Hotel & Spa Anda Resort Izukogen
  • 1133 Yawatano, Ito-shi, Shizuoka, 413-0232 Japan
  • ¥25,650 - ¥82,300
  • 4.69/5 (2,401 reviews)
  • 2.5 km

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