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Bizan: Tokushima’s Charming ‘Eyebrow Mountain’
- Mountains are of great significance in Japanese culture, with many towns and cities bordered by peaks which their inhabitants have long worshipped and ascribed mystical powers to. Tokushima Prefecture, though, is almost unique in that its most revered mountain, Mt. Bizan, is located right in the heart of the city. At 290m above sea level Bizan is of modest height, but it possesses a charm that has seen it loom large in Japanese culture since ancient times (Bizan features in the oldest extant anthology of Japanese poetry, the Man’yoshu). Bizan, which begins just a ten-minute stroll from Tokushima train station, possesses a silhouette that for locals is as iconic as that of Fuji-san itself. Viewed from all directions, Bizan has long been said to resemble a giant eyebrow, and many centuries ago was given its name which contains a Japanese character meaning ‘eyebrow’.From its peak the mountain gives a spectacular, almost 360-degree view that includes the Seto Inland Sea and, to the northeast, the Great Naruto Bridge that connects Naruto in northern Tokushima to Awaji Island. On clearer days Awaji Island itself can be seen, and beyond that the Kii mountain range of Wakayama Prefecture on Japan’s main island Honshu. To the northwest is the mighty Yoshino River, considered one of three great rivers. Bizan: Tokushima’s Charming ‘Eyebrow Mountain’ Bizan’s summit is accessible either on foot or via ropeway. A hiking trail up begins at a small shrine next to the Awa Odori Kaikan, and also nearby is Zuiganji Temple which dates back to 1614 and boasts a serene Momoyama-style garden (admission to the temple and its garden costs 300 yen). Bizan: Tokushima’s Charming ‘Eyebrow Mountain’ The ropeway, meanwhile, departs from the fifth floor of the Awa Odori Kaikan, and consists of two pod-like gondolier cars that give the slow-paced ride to the top (taking arounds six minutes, and costing 610 yen one-way, or 1.020 yen for a return ticket) a tinge of retro-style romance. Love in fact is very much in the air at Bizan. Over the years the fence in a certain spot (these days made of steel and entirely modern) has become a popular place for lovers to attach padlocks, often inscribed with the couple’s heartfelt wishes, in the hope of securing a long-lasting relationship. Bizan: Tokushima’s Charming ‘Eyebrow Mountain’ ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Explore the Mountains Around Kobe
- Downtown Kobe is flanked by the Rokko Mountain range. Besides giving the city a constantly present dramatic backdrop, this also means that hiking trails and lush greenery are easily within reach. Nunobiki falls If fact, you can be in what at least feels like untouched nature only minutes after getting off theshinkansen train. Just head north from Shin-Kobe station and you will soon be surrounded by a forest, able to stroll along a small river, and hear and the sound of a big waterfall not too far away. This is the Nunobiki falls, one of the most well known set of waterfalls in Japan and a place that has had played a significant role in Japanese arts and literature for centuries, as they make appearances in several classical stories and poems. Some of these artworks date backas far as the Heian Period (794 to 1185). The falls themselves are indeed impressive, so it’seasy to understand why they have inspired so many people throughout the years. Needless to say the experience is well worth the 15 minute or so hike it takes to get there from the station. If you are feeling lazy however, you can also see the waterfall from the Shin-Kobe Ropeway, as it passes almost directly above it. Nunobiki Herb Garden ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Hyogo prefecture stretches from the north coast to the south coast on the western end of the popular Kansai region, encompassing verdant mountains, urban beaches, and fantastic historical sights. The prefecture's main attractions lie along the south coast at Kobe, the prefectural capital, a pretty harbor city best known for its production of the renowned Kobe beef, and Himeji, the home of Himeji Castle, one of the country's most beautifully preserved feudal castles, perched magically atop a hill.
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