- The starting point of the mountain is related to the Kintaro story
- These colorful and unique signs are very arty!
- Half way up the mountain, appeared a wizard!
- At the mountaintop you can see the vast scenery of Mt. Fuji.
The starting point of the mountain is related to the Kintaro story
Oyama-cho, located at the base of Mt. furousan where the Kintoki-Shrine is located,
enshrines the Japanese folklore hero, Kintaro. There’s a stone monument in the entrance that says, “Wake up for hope in the morning, work lively in the afternoon, and sleep with gratitude at night.”
It literally expresses how you should live happily and gratefully every day, resembling Kintaro’s boyhood in Oyama-cho. He grew up here with the care of his mother and loved to play sumo with bears. When you walk around Oyama-cho, Kintaro’s spirit welcomes you everywhere.
These colorful and unique signs are very arty!
From the starting point, handmade signs guide you to the correct paths that take you to the top of the mountain. I was so surprised when I heard that a local resident made these.
I found out later on that he had created and setup 160 signs within 14 years all on his own. I can’t even imagine how hard it was.
In the past many people would get lost while hiking this mountain and the government did’nt do anything to resolve the problem, so this local resident took it upon himself to make the very useful signage. I think it’s such an amazing thing.
I’d like to show you some of the pictures.
I guess there is no need to explain these unusual signs.
Some of them even have quizzes on them.
I can imagine people walking up this mountain with the convenience of the signs helping them reach the peak.
Half way up the mountain, appeared a wizard!
This sign says, “I can’t say that you’ll get eternal youth by walking up Mt. Furousan over a thousand times, but I’m sure you’ll get a great workout to prevent obesity and diabetes.”
You know, it’s more than just a sign.
It’s an important remark with a little taste of Akiko Yosano (a famous Japanese poet), or I would say it has a little bit of Akiko’s super talent with a newer generation twist.
At the mountaintop you can see the vast scenery of Mt. Fuji.
The mountain paths are surrounded by forestry and are probably not very good for any valley landscape views, but it’s always nice to walk in the woods.
However, the west side of the mountaintop is partially open and you can see Mt. Fuji from there. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see its beautiful appearance due to the cloudy weather and would love to try again sometime.
Oyama-cho,Sunto-gun, Shizuoka Pref.
Yamakita-machi, Ashigarakami-gun, Kanagawa Pref.