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Hill Spots in Japan

  • The second Irohazaka (Nikko City)
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    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Hosomachi
    A National Route toll road located in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. The No. 2 Irohazaka is a dedicated inbound road. The Irohazaka is famous for its 48 curves, total of both the No. 1 and No. 2 roads. In addition, there are facilities along the road such as the Akechidaira Observatory, from which visitors can get a view of the No. 1 Irohazaka and the area's seasonal scenery. A renowned destination for fall foliage, each year in autumn traffic jams along the road are common.
  • Hachiman-Zaka Slope
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    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Suehirochou
    Hakodate has many hills but this particularly steep hill is famous for offering the most beautiful scenery. It is loved as the “Charmy Green Slope” as it was used as a location for a Charmy Green commercial. Once you’ve made it to the top you’ll be overwhelmed by the beautiful road extending out towards the ocean. Part of the hill’s appeal is the different views that can be had during each season. There are also steps and handrails going up to the top of the hill.
  • Dutch Slope
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    Nagasaki Pref. Nagasakishi Higashiyamatemachi
    A stone pavement slope in a corner of Higashi-yamate. Since the opening of the country, people from other countries in Nagasaki were collectively called “Oranda-san” (Hollanders), by the people of Nagasaki and it is said that the name of “Dutch Slope” was given to the slope of the foreign settlement. The first girls’ school in Japan, Kassui College is in the neighborhood, as well as seven Western-style homes. It is a seven-minute walk from the “Ourakaigandori” tram stop.
  • Dangozaka (Sendagi district)
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Sendagi 2-chome
    Dangozaka is a hill in Tokyo’s Bunkyo City that slopes downwards to the east between the Sendagi 2-chome and Sendagi 3-chome neighborhoods. There are two explanations as to how the hill got the name Dangozaka (“Dumpling Hill”). One explanation is that there used to be a dumpling shop at the bottom of the hill; the other is that people who slipped while walking down the hill in the rain when it was slippery used to roll down the slope like dumplings. Dangozaka has been featured in many literary works, including “Seinen” by Mori Ogai, “Ukigumo” by Futabatei Shimei, and “D-zaka no Satsujin Jiken” by Edogawa Ranpo. Several famous people lived in the area at the top of the hill, including Natsume Soseki, Takamura Kotaro and Mori Ogai. The road at the bottom of the hill continues onwards towards the Yanaka district.
  • Dokanzaka
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    Aichi Pref. Tokonameshi Sakaemachi In the ground
    "This hill is located in Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture. The walls on either side are covered with clay pipes from the Meiji period and shochu bottles from the early Showa period. The slope is paved with kesawa - discarded material used for firing clay pipes, which make it easy to walk up. Many tourists visit this hill, as it is one of the popular sightseeing spots on the ""Yakimono Sanpo Michi"" pottery walk."
  • Shiomizaka
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kosaishi Shirasuka
    "A hill in Shirasuka, Kosai City, Shizuoka Prefecture, it is famous as a hill with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. In fact, it was drawn in TokaidoGojusan-tsugi's ""Shirasuka-juku"", a work by Hiroshige Utagawa. It also features the nearby ""Shiomizaka Park"" and ""Roadside Station Shiomizaka."" Many visitors stop by here."
  • Daimon-zaka (Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route)
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Nachisan
    "This famous slope is part of the Kumano Kodo, one of Japan's three great pilgrimage routes. There used to be a checkpoint with a large gate near the start of the slope where the authorities collected a toll for passing, which is where Daimon-zaka got its name. Located after the remains of the Shingu clan's checkpoint, it has a mystical atmosphere with rows of old cedar trees and mossy cobblestone paving. Two enormous trees called the ""Married Cedars"" thought to be about 800 years old are on either side of the path just as you start walking on the slope. Daimonzaka Tea House rents Heian Period (794–1185) outfits that you can try on for a commemorative photograph or even wear to visit one of the local shrines."
  • Natsumezaka Street
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    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Kikuicho
    "A slope passing to the southeast of Kikuicho's Raikoji Temple starting at Waseda Station on the Tozai Line. Natsume Soseki was born in the neighborhood in 1867. It got its name from his father, Naokatsu, an important landowner who took to calling it by his own name. This eventually caught on and became official. Towards the Ushigome Health Center you can find the site of Soseki Sanbo, where the author spent the later years of his life. It later became a municipally run apartment building, and today there's the small Soseki Park there. Its ""Neko Zuka (cat mound),"" a memorial to deceased cats, dogs, and pet birds, was installed together with a bust of Soseki."
  • Funami-zaka Slope
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Inaho Tomioka
    This road extends straight from Funami Sakashita intersection on National Route 5 to the mountainside. From above, visitors can see the ships moored at Otaru Port, and due to the picturesque view, this place was named Funami Saka (ship view hill). The incline of the slope is as steep as 15% in places. It is known as one of the steepest hills in the hillside city of Otaru. When television programs and movies are filmed in Otaru, this hill is guaranteed to make an appearance. In the early morning, visitors can enjoy the sight of the sun rising from the sea, and many people come here to stroll to see Otaru City in the glow of the morning light.
  • Jigoku-zaka
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    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Tomioka Midori
    Otaru Jigokuzaka is the nickname of the road that leads from around the Midori 1-Chome intersection to Otaru Commercial High School. This area, now a residential area was, when the Fifth Higher Commercial School, which later became the Otaru University of Commerce was established here, it wasn't even a residential area, but a desolate wilderness. It is said that the name Jigokuzaka was given to the hill because going to school in the winter, students had to fight their way through deep snow, and in the summer, they had to sweat their way up and down the hill in the sweltering heat. The incline of the slope is around 10 degrees. When walking down the hill, it feels like a fun descent in a straight line to the sea.
  • Ninenzaka
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2-chome
    This is a slope leading to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, its loose paving stones and lines of houses giving off a Kyoto atmosphere. It is a popular shopping spot with a number of Kyoto souvenir stores with goods including traditional confectionery, Japanese-style sundries and chirimen-sansho (dried baby sardines with Chinese pepper). It is recommended to stop for a break along the way at a cafe featuring Japanese-style sweets.
  • Sannenzaka (Sanneizaka)
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2
    One of Higashiyama’s most famous tourist spots, this steep stone paved 100 meter hill road leads from Yasaka to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. When the Kiyomizu-dera Temple was founded in 808, this path was built for visitors. The path is lined with souvenir shops, ceramic stores, and Japanese restaurants, giving it a truly Kyoto air. The hill is also called Sanneizaka. There are many theories as to its derivation, but based on the characters which comprise it (meaning “to give birth” and “preference,” it is widely believed that it gained this name from the parishioners climbing it to reach the Koyasu-no-to and pray for a safe childbirth.
  • Tamaranzaka
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    Tokyo Met. Kunitachishi Higashi 3-chome
  • ashiorizaka
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ebinashi Kokubukita 1-chome
  • adumazaka nakiwakarezaka
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ebinashi Nakagouchi
  • Azuma Zaka (Kokubu Minami)
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    Kanagawa Ebina-shi Kokubu Minami 2-chome
  • Oriai Zaka (Hongo)
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    Kanagawa Ebina-shi Hongo
  • Ido Zaka (Kami Imaizumi)
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    Kanagawa Ebina-shi Kamiimaizumi 2-chome
  • Oki no Zaka (Oya Minami)
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    Kanagawa Ebina-shi Oya Minami 2-cho4-chome
  • Otozaka (Kokubu Minami)
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    Kanagawa Ebina-shi Kokubu Minami 1-chome3-chome

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