A highlight of Japan that most tourists never see – Chiba’s Mount Nokogiriyama

Mount Nokogiriyama is a stunning day trip from Tokyo for those that want to see a bit of the countryside. Located on the Boso Peninsula in Kanto, it’s a 330-meter high mountain looking over Tokyo bay. While it’s a bit of a trek to get there all the way from Chiba, it’s definitely worth it!

Visitors can either take the gondola up (930 yen return trip, 500 yen one way), or go all the way on foot (about 1 hour up). You’re greeted with a spectacular view, and are able to see across the bay to the other side when the weather is good, to where Yokohama and other large cities are located. Once at the top, you’ll also enter Nihonji Temple (日本寺), a vast complex of statues, big and small, and some superb examples of Buddhist architecture. Built over 1000 years ago, it’s one of the oldest places to worship in the region.

There is a large network of walking trails around the top, so it’s recommended to explore the whole complex. You’re sure to come across some very photogenic scenes!

Walking along the trails at the top
Notice that some of the statues have their heads missing. During an anti-Buddhist era many years back. There is now an effort to replace them.

There is much more to see of course, and I don’t want to spoil it all by showing you all the places at the top! All in all, it’s a great day out, and with the gondola, almost anyone can enjoy going up.

Many people come to get this iconic shot


While it’s in the countryside, the town is still set up reasonably well for tourists, with some maps and good signage.

Nihonji Temple

Open: 8am to 5pm

Price: 600 yen

How to get there

Train connections are reasonable here, but you’ll need to plan out the journey on Hyperdia before, so you are not waiting around too long at a station along the way. You’ll need to make your way to Hama-Kanaya station, which is on the JR Uchibo Line.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict