Perched on a plateau and covered in soft, pillowy grass that changes colour according to the seasons, the mountain resembles that of an upside down earthenware bowl with an ultra-smooth body and a dip at its foot, symbolising the large crater found at its summit.
Hiking up is strictly prohibited and the only way visitors can get access to the summit is through a chair lift ride. Atop, there is an unobstructed 360-degree view that awaits and on a bright and clear day, the silhouette of the breath-taking Mount Fuji also becomes completely visible.
There is a pathway that circumnavigates the edge of the entire crater, and should you be after something more exhilarating, try your hand at archery inside the crater where bows and arrows are available for rent. Alternatively, enjoy the thrill as you paraglide down the mountainside.
Annually, the Yamayaki Festival takes place in February and vegetation gets burned off Omuro’s gentle slopes with throngs of spectators watching as the torches are lit up. Besides ensuring healthier growth of new grass, this is done to destroy insects that could damage future crops.
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Nature surely takes centre stage in Izu, but not many are aware that the small peninsula also houses a whopping number of museums – over 20 to be exact. There are, of course, the classics, but what really draws people in are the bizarre museums that top the quirky scale for sure.
The fresh water of the Kawazu River surges down the Amagi mountain range through a series of 7 wondrous waterfalls of varying drops, and with it comes a fantastic walking trail by the river that runs through the forest.
Founded by monumental Japanese monk Kobo Daishi in the 9th century, the Shuzenji Temple sits on a small hill and may look absolutely tranquil, but what it conceals is a grim and turbulent history involving power struggles and bad blood within a family.
Spring is inarguably the most loved season in Japan thanks to its world-renowned Japanese cherry blossoms or sakura, which blooms beautifully at this time of the year. In the Izu Peninsula though, sakura season gets an early head start compared to the rest of Japan.