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Sightseeing Guide Tanzawa-Oyama

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The hiking trails, only a short journey from Tokyo, give beautiful views of the four seasons.

Tanzawa-Oyama, just a short ride from Tokyo, is an area known for its natural mountain beauty and especially famous for its hiking trails. The area's gateway Isehara station is less than an hour away from Shinjuku on Odakyu. In addition to the spectacular views from the mountains, the contrast between the mountain scenery and Lakes Miyagase and Tanzawa and the beauty of the budding plants in spring and the flames of red and yellow leaves in autumn will leave you enchanted.
Not only can your eyes feast in the joys of the four seasons, but also certainly worth a visit are such historical sites as Oyama-dera temple and Oyama-Afuri-jinja shrine. In addition to hiking up the mountain, take a ride on the Oyama cable car for an extra delight. Sumptuous dishes made from local ingredients and the pure waters of Oyama are also very popular. Its tofu is so famous that people even say, "Oyama is tofu, and tofu is Oyama."

Oyama-Afuri Shrine

Oyama-Afuri Shrine

Oyama Afuri shrine was originally a part of Oyama-dera Temple but was moved to its current location during the Meiji period. The shrine is believed to have been established in the 3rd century, and still sits quietly and elegantly against the beautiful mountain backdrop.

The Oyama Cable Car

The Oyama Cable Car

The Oyama Cable Cars serving Tanzawa-Oyama Quasi-National Park cover the 800 meters between Oyama Cable Station and Afuri shrine in 6 minutes.

The Oyama-dera temple

The Oyama-dera temple

Built in 755, Oyama-dera temple has a long history. Its solemn appearance blends in beautifully with the natural mountain setting, and the autumn leaves there are particularly notable.

Event Calendar

Autumn Colors of Oyama

Autumn Colors of Oyama

Every year, people flock to see the beautiful trees of Oyama in fall. In the evening, Oyama-dera temple and the lower shrine of Ohyama Afuri jinja shrine are illuminated to great effect.

  • Address
    Ohyama Afuri jinja shrine
  • Duration
    Early November
  • URL
December Purification Rite

December Purification Rite

A purification rite is conducted for those sins committed unconsciously over the preceding six months, and prayers are held for a life filled with goodness and purity over the following year.

  • Address
    Ohyama Afuri jinja shrine (lower shrine), Sannomiya Hibita-Jinja shrine, Ise Daijingu shrine
  • Duration
    Late December
  • URL
Oyama E-toro Matsuri (festival)

Oyama E-toro Matsuri (festival)

Experience for yourself the evening scenery from Ohyama Afuri jinja shrine and the Gallery of Light created with various paper lanterns.

  • Address
    From near the Oyama-eki bus stop to the Ohyama Afuri jinja shrine (lower shrine)
  • Duration
    Mid-August
  • URL
When the Equinox Flowers Are in Full Bloom

When the Equinox Flowers Are in Full Bloom

The equinox flowers of Hinata and Arozu come into bloom. The contrast between greenery of Mount Oyama and the red equinox flowers and golden rice tassels is a magnificent sight to behold.

  • Address
    Hinata, Arozu
  • Duration
    Mid-September
  • URL
Dokan Matsuri (festival)

Dokan Matsuri (festival)

This festival is named for Ota Dokan, who is known as the architect of Edo Castle and ended his life in Isehara during the Sengoku Period.

  • Address
    Area surrounding Isehara Station
  • Duration
    October
  • URL
Flower Market

Flower Market

You will find Japanese lanterns, morning glories, rose moss and many other kinds of flowers here.

  • Address
    Isehara Daijin-gu shrine
  • Duration
    Early July
  • URL
Oyama Tofu Festival

Oyama Tofu Festival

This familiar tofu-themed festival has been held at Oyama since the days of yore. Among the fun events held are the sennin-nabe (hermit’s pot) with tofu cooked in a cauldron 4 meters in diameter, the wanko tofu speed eating contest, and a tofu making workshop.

  • Address
    Oyama city parking lot no. 2, other
  • Duration
    Mid-March
  • URL
Hinata Yakushi Annual Spring Festival

Hinata Yakushi Annual Spring Festival

Hinata Yakushi has been known since ancient times as a sacred mountain for shugendo ascetics. Events that occur during this annual festival include the public unveiling of the principle Buddha statue of the temple, and a safety incantation known as the shigi nobori that is used before and after ascetic practitioners go into the mountains for practice.

  • Address
    Hinata Yakushi temple
  • Duration
    4/15
  • URL
Magatama Matsuri (festival)

Magatama Matsuri (festival)

Held at Sannomiya Hibita-Jinja shrine, this festival is a celebration of the regional culture and arts. The festival has its origins in an ancient magatama (comma-shaped beads) workshop that was discovered in the area, and many magatama necklaces that have been found.

  • Address
    Sannomiya Hibita-Jinja shrine
  • Duration
    Third Saturday and Sunday in May
  • URL
Summer Purification Rite

Summer Purification Rite

A procession passes through a large hoop made of cogon grass as a purification rite for sins, impurities and calamities, as well as to strengthen people’s life force. This purification ritual is carried out twice a year.

  • Address
    Ohyama Afuri jinja shrine (lower shrine), Sannomiya Hibita-Jinja shrine, Ise Daijingu shrine
  • Duration
    Late June
  • URL
Hinata Yakushi Temple – Hatsu Yakushi

Hinata Yakushi Temple – Hatsu Yakushi

On the first yakushi day of the year, the Buddha triad that is the principal object of devotion at Hinata Yakushi temple is unveiled for the public. Housed in the sanctuary, the triad is registered as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. On this day, a breakfast called yakushi-shuku is served.

  • Address
    Hinata Yakushi temple
  • Duration
    1/8
  • URL
Setsubun Matsuri

Setsubun Matsuri

On this day marking the day before spring in the lunar calendar, guest performances, lotteries and various other events are held throughout the city at shrines and temples.

  • Address
    Ohyama Afuri jinja shrine, Sannomiya Hibita-Jinja shrine, Ise Daijingu shrine
  • Duration
    2/2
  • URL

Getting to Tanzawa-Oyama

From Shinjuku Station

By Train and Bus

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From Odawara Station

By Train and Bus

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From Odawara Station By Train and Bus
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Hakone 1 Day
A course well suited for active travelers, where the charms of Hakone, such as the magnifi cent Mt. Fuji, the talked-about the museum and onsens (hot springs), can be experienced in a day.
  • Hakone 2 Days
    Hakone 2 Days
    A 2 day course in which you can experience the wonders of Hakone, such as enjoying the magnificent scenery from the Ropeway, making tombo-damas (Japanese glass beads) and savoring your lunch at a popular café.
  • Fuji Hakone 3 Days
    Fuji Hakone 3 Days
    A 3 day course which will take you to the Fuji area, where you can enjoy a good view of Mt. Fuji, from Hakone. You are sure to enjoy not only sightseeing, but shopping and amusement park as well.
  • Enoshima & Kamakura 1 Day
    Enoshima & Kamakura 1 Day
    Introducing the recommended spots of the elegant Kamakura and the trendy Shonan. This is a course in which you can take a stroll at your own pace, while enjoying the seaview from the Enoshima Electric Railway.