ATT.JAPAN × JapanUp! magazine
July 2022 (vol. 177)
The Southern Boso area in Chiba Prefecture is just about an hour away from Tokyo via train, bus, or car. Home to oceans, mountains, and tropical scenery, it is an ideal location to recover from the stresses of daily life. Enjoy a refreshing mini-vacation♪
At 329 meters above sea level, Mt. Nokogiri became well known as a stone quarry back in the mid-17th century. Many of the mountain’s jagged rock faces remain exposed, and you can still see the remnants of the quarry. This spot is also a popular hiking course dotted with grand sights and vistas to the north. To the south, you’ll also find Nihon-ji Temple with its many stone Buddha statues. Visitors will be walking on mountain paths, so we recommend wearing shoes fit for the task. You can reach the summit by the Nokogiriyama Ropeway or car.
* The ropeway may be temporarily closed during winter for inspection
Highlights of Mt. Nokogiri
Jigoku Nozoki (“Glimpse of Hell”)
You’ll arrive at this breathtaking spot after trekking up a steep slope. From the thrill-inducing observatory that juts out from the cliff, you can see a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay, Miura Peninsula, and all the way to Izu Peninsula!
Please be careful as you’ll be treading on rocky ground.
This towering stone Buddhist goddess statue stands roughly 30 meters high, carved into one of the quarry’s perpendicular stone cliffs. It was completed in 1966 after six years of construction. It is seen as the main deity protecting travelers on land, sea, and air.
Big Buddha of Nihon-ji Temple
One of Japan’s largest Buddha statues, this 31-meter deity is carved into a rock face. Its official name is Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai. Though the original statue was completed around 1783, it was restored in 1969 due to natural corrosion.
Okamoto Pier (Haraoka Pier)
A rare wooden pier in Japan, Okamoto Pier has recently become a popular, nostalgic photo spot. When the weather is clear, you’ll see Mt. Fuji across the water.
Umihotaru Parking Area
A highway parking area in the middle of the Aqua-Line. The five-story building houses eateries, souvenir shops, a foot bath, and rest areas with panoramic views.
A restaurant attached to the fish market and souvenir market. The interior exudes a resort atmosphere, with local fish dishes, pasta, and seafood on the menu. The wall facing the ocean is all glass, with a beautiful view of Tokyo Bay.
Tateyama Nagisa Restaurant
A cafe and restaurant located on the 2nd floor of the commercial complex “Nagisa no Eki Tateyama.” From the seafood bowls and teishoku (set meals) using local seafood ingredients to the pasta and pizzas, you can taste a fusion of Japanese and Western food. The view of Tateyama Bay spreading out from the terrace will fill you with a liberating sensation.
Drink craft beers made with the agricultural gems of Kyonan Town, including Koshihikari brand rice and lemons. There are a variety of beers, from the mildly bitter and refreshing to the strong, bitter flavors containing the sweet and aromatic notes of hops.
Thanks to the Boso Peninsula’s ideal climate, Chiba Prefecture is the No. 1 producer of peanuts in all of Japan. This shop sells peanuts grown on site and over 20 variations of peanut products always line the shelves. To prevent damage to the peanuts that can cause the umami flavors to escape, the store makes a point of cracking every peanut by hand!
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