A sacred mountain on which, according to legend, a mountain ascetic became a tengu, a type of long-nosed goblin. The mountain towers behind the Ryugeiin Miroku-ji Temple, which was founded in 848 by Ennin, head priest of the renowned Enryakuji Temple. From the top of the mountain, visitors can see Mt. Mitsumine and Mt. Komochi to the south. Visitors can also enjoy the mountain's seasonal scenery, with fresh verdure in spring, birdsong in summer, and fall foliage in autumn. There's also a mountaineering course for expert climbers which involves climbing a crag called Oshodai.
Numata City, Gunma Prefecture [map]
- This climbing trail leads from Mirokuji temple to the summit of Mt. Kasho. You enter the trailhead by taking the path under the passage between the Kashozan Mirokuji Temple Nakaminedo building and main hall. Mirokuji temple is famous for having Japan's largest Tengu no Men goblin mask (face height: 6.5 meters, nose length: 2.8 meters). The course is 2 kilometer lone-way, and takes about 1 hour. It takes you to the summit, where the view opens up to the south offering a panorama of Mt. Miune and Mt. Komochi. Along the way you'll find the massive rock Oshodai, which can be climbed with chains for a wonderful view, but this is recommended for advanced climbers only. It's a real thrill to climb the rock's cracks and pass through its narrow grotto.
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Gunma prefecture is synonymous with onsen. Natural hot spring water sources throughout the prefecture have given rise to a series of small onsen towns, each set among luscious mountains. At Kusatsu, Ikaho, and Minakami, traditional indoor and outdoor bathing experiences are served hand in hand with irresistible onsen-themed food, including steam-cooked eggs and custard pudding.