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Gionyama – Hiking in Kamakura

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on June 17, 2015

Yesterday I hinted as to the best hidden reason to visit the Yakumo Shrine in Kamakura City, and here it is, the “hidden” trail up to Gionyama mountain. If you walk past the shrine on the right of the main building, you find a narrow path up to a tiny shrine altar (the first photo), but take off to the right just before that and you will be on your way up a very narrow (and probably very slippery) trail towards the summit of Gionyama. From the summit you will find a nice view over Kamakura City, and on clear days even Mount Fuji itself will be visible! If not you can console yourself with the views of the Pacific Ocean and the Yuigahama beach in the far distance. The hiking trail goes quite a bit further along the ridge and then down on the other side, not a difficult walk if you are young and in reasonable shoes but it might be more nature than you want to spend your time with, if you are on a hectic schedule to see a lot of Kamakura. Despite the trail being quite hidden it is by no means unknown to locals, and I met maybe three or four couples or families on their way up and down the trail. Living in Tokyo there are few chances to get out in nature like this so when you are here it is a pretty amazing feeling. For those of you who live closer to nature my enthusiasm for this spot might look a little bit silly, but after a few weeks in Tokyo you will get it too!

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  1. amadl said, on June 17, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Oooh the greens ❤

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  2. The Wadas said, on June 19, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Very nice, thrilling adventure. The thought that something might show up out from those bushes. Also, not the typical tourist spot.

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    • tokyobling said, on June 24, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Thanks for the comment! Not typical, I think I covered all the typical spots years ago! (^-^;)

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  3. vitriolicmasochist said, on June 21, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Reblogged this on your worst nightmare.

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