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Kanto
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Honshu
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Chiba
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Nokogiriyama

Take a peek into hell from this sacred saw-shaped mountain.

With a name that literally translates as “Saw Mountain”, Japan’s biggest buddha and a jagged overhang called “Jigoku-Nozoki” or “Peek into Hell”: this is a day trip worth doing.

Nokogiriyama Hell View

Peek into hell at Nokogiriyama. Photo by Ikusuki.

From Yokohama, a 10-minute bus ride takes you to Kurihama Port, where a ferry runs hourly to the Boso Peninsula, Chiba. After the industrial centres of Tokyo and Yokohama, the arrival into the small town of Futtsu brings a welcome sigh of relief. Palm trees, clear waters and nature abound.

If you pick a clear day, Mount Fuji can be seen looming over Tokyo Bay. If you don’t fancy taking the ferry, you can make the journey completely by train from Tokyo station.

15 minutes walk from the harbour, you can easily find a ropeway to take you to the top of the mountain. This costs 500 yen one way or 930 yen for a return ticket. Anyone who is able (and willing) to hike will be rewarded as the main trail leads you through a thick forest full of wildlife. The view from the summit of Nokogiriyama is also spectacular with panoramic views that showcase the natural beauty of the Boso Peninsula’s ragged coastline.

Buddha at Nokogiriyama, Chiba

The mountain is home to the biggest Buddha in Japan. Photo by Ikusuki.

The grounds of Nihon Dera Temple, the site of the biggest Buddha in Japan, is a 10-minute walk from the top of the ropeway. It costs 600 yen to enter and takes a good 2-3 hours to truly explore all this temple has to offer. Near the entrance you will find two huge stone buddhas carved into the mountainside. The main trail guides you past hundreds of small Arhat statues; some intact, some still sporting injuries from the anti-Buddhist forces in the Meiji era. The grounds end with the 31 meter tall Great Buddha (Daibutsu) towering over the main temple buildings.

A well-kept secret is the tea house, just off of the main temple grounds. Here you can enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in a small garden directly overlooking the cliffs. A small fee is required (around 500 yen) but after a long day of hiking and taking copious amounts of pictures, you won’t deny how refreshing green tea and sea views can be.

Things To Know

Ropeway Opening Hours

During November 16th to February 15th the ropeway is open from 9:00 to 16:00. During February 16th to November 15th the ropeway is open from 9:00 to 17:00.

How To Get There

By train

From Tokyo station take the JR Sazanami Special Express to Kimitsu station. Transfer to the Uchibo Line and get off at Hama-Kanaya station. This takes around an hour and a half and costs 2870 yen one way.

By boat

From Yokohama Station (recommended):

Catch the Keikyu line to Keikyu Kurihama (Express that takes 35 minutes and costs 410 Yen). From there, it’s a 10 minute bus ride (190 yen) or 5 minute taxi ride (800 yen) to Kurihama Port. You can then catch a ferry to the Boso Peninsula which leaves once a hour and costs 700 yen one way or 1280 return). The journey takes around forty minutes.

Where To Stay

Kajiya Ryokan
  • Kanaya 3887 Futtsu-Shi, Chiba 299-1861
  • 8.2/10
  • 2.6 km
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Chuubei
  • Kushi 744 Minamiboso-Shi, Chiba 299-2216
  • 6.5/10
  • 6.3 km
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Seizanso
  • Tomiura-cho Toyooka 124 Minamiboso-Shi, Chiba 299-2402
  • 7.3/10
  • 11.2 km
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Minami Boso Tomiura Royal Hotel
  • Tomiura-cho Tatara 1212 Minamiboso-Shi, Chiba 299-2404
  • 8.1/10
  • 13.0 km
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