Ohayama Afuri Jinja Shrine

Another attraction of Kanagawa is “Ohyama”.

When you think of Kanagawa Prefecture, you might think Yokohama, Kamakura, or Hakone. Ohyama has also been gaining attention with its Ohyama Afuri Jinja-Shrine. The Ohyama Afuri Jinja-Shrine is said to have been built over 2200 years ago during the generation of Emperor Sujin. It has passed down culture and many traditional rituals to today and entertains visitors with its beautiful mountain scenery throughout the year.

Hiking to Ohayama

A shinto priest pointing out the board.

Mountain worship since the Edo period (1603-1868).

During the Edo period, Mountain worship called “Ohyama-mairi” was popular among people. Mt. Ohyama was near Edo (the current Tokyo) and was easy to visit. People visit Mt. Ohyama with certain beliefs in mind and actually enjoy it as a holiday, as they normally go to Enoshima or Kamakura for sightseeing on the way back to Edo. This is written in the Classical Rakugo, “Ohyama-mairi”. Before heading to Ohyama, people used to bath in the Sumidagawa River while chanting “Zange, zange, Rokkon-shojo,” which means Confessing and purifying the six roots of perceptions; eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and will. Visiting Ohyama was a very special thing for people in Edo at the time.

Ohyama city tour image.

The view of Ohyama.

“Ohyama city tours” starts June 26th!

Ohyama-mairi was originally held during 27th June to 7th July according to the old Chinese calendar. The Ohyama Afuri Jinja-Shrine holds the “Ohyama city tour” on the same date, according to the old calendar, so that people today can walk through the Koyasu area where many Edo people have passed to go to Ohyama. Many shrines and temples still remain today and you can walk the exact same route and feel the same vibe as people did during the Edo period. The professional tour guide of Ohyama, “Sendo-shi” will take you to a different world. Don’t miss this chance! There will be a total of 4 different themed tours held each month until September, so please check out their website if you’re interested.(All tours need a reservation, and it’s booked on a first-come basis.)
For more info!


355 Ōyama, Isehara-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture 259-1107

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Address 355 Ōyama, Isehara-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture 259-1107
Access [By Train]Take a bus No.4 bound for Ohayam cable from the north exit of Odakyu line “Isehara”station. Get off at the last stop, and walk for 15 min to “Ohyama cable” station. Take a cable car for about 6 min to “Afuri Jinja” station. [By Car] About 20 min from “Isehara IC”on Odawara Atsugi Road. About 30 min from “Atsugi IC”or “Nakai IC”on Tomei Road.
Phone 0463-95-2006
Website http://www.afuri.or.jp/