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Mount Omuro

Discovering Mount Omuro

The Izu Peninsula stands out as one of the most sought-after destinations in Japan, renowned for its hot springs, serene beaches, rugged coastal mountains, and rich natural offerings. Nestled along the east coast near Ito is Mount Omuro, a dormant volcano with a distinctive inverted bowl shape, situated within the volcanic belt of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

Soaring 580 meters above sea level, Mount Omuro boasts a 300-meter-wide crater. Blanketed in lush greenery year-round, this picturesque mountain offers an unparalleled, unobstructed view from its summit, making it a popular spot for visitors.Omuroyama

The birth of a mountain

Formed nearly 4,000 years ago during the Late Jomon period through a volcanic eruption, Omuroyama has held sacred significance throughout history. A small Shinto shrine on the mountain’s east side venerates the deity associated with mountains, oceans, and war. Along the mountain trail, ancient sculptures include 300-year-old life-size Buddha statues and eight Jizo statues.

A unique local tradition, yamayaki, draws crowds to Mount Omuro each year. Originating 700 years ago, this practice involves burning the mountain to clear dead grass before spring, promoting the growth of high-quality Japanese grass for daily use and pest control. While the thatched houses are now scarce, the tradition persists, attracting tourists eager to witness the spectacle.Mount Omuro path

Climbing Mount Omuro

Access to the mountain’s summit is exclusively through the Mount Omuro chair lift, offering a comfortable and convenient ascent. Climbing on foot is strictly prohibited. The crater tour, spanning 20 to 30 minutes on foot, provides a breathtaking 360° panoramic view. Towering mountains form a majestic backdrop on one side, while the expansive blue ocean graces the other. On clear days, the vista extends to include Ito, Izu, Izu-Kogen, Mount Fuji, and the Southern Japanese Alps.

Trekking Mount Omuro

Within the crater, a bowl-shaped cavity has been repurposed into an archery center, allowing visitors aged 12 and above to experience archery, regardless of skill level. A summit shop offers local delicacies for those seeking a taste of the region during their journey.

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