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Hiking Mt. Ameyama

Located in Kumatori-town in Osaka Prefecture in Japan, Mt. Ameyama or simply Ameyama (雨山is a mountain referred to by locals as the Rain Mountain.

Mt. Ameyama stands 312 meters tall. From the clearing at the peak, you could see Osaka Bay and Kansai International Airport. Aside from that, you could also see a panoramic view of the Izumi mountains and towns near the mountain. The mountain offers more than just beautiful scenery. It is also historically and culturally significant to the Japanese people especially to those living near the mountain.

The map of the mountain
Trees lined up neatly along the path to the peak

Several milestones could be found along the path

Just follow the path to the peak
The man-made steps make it look easy
The locals before (probably until now) believed that the Ameyama Dragon King is living on the summit of the mountain. The Ameyama Dragon King is said to be in control of the rain. When there is a drought the locals would climb up to the peak to ask the dragon for rain. Today, the villages of Nariai at the foot of the mountain practice the belief through an event called Hassaku every 1st of September.
Sadly I can't read this one
One of the milestones in the mountain

On the historical side, the mountain was the location of the Rain Fortress. Although it was long gone, it once played an important and strategic role in guarding the Kokawa highway. It is now known as the Ameyama Ruined Castle.
The torii gate

I hiked Mt. Ameyama alone during my 4th day of stay in Japan. It was my second destination after visiting Okuyama Ameyama Natural park on my solo backpacking tour of Kumatori town. Compared to my hikes in the Philippines, Mt. Ameyama is a fairly easy climb. I have to thank the well-maintained pathway for that though.

Cabin at the peak
Can someone translate this for me?
The Ameyama Shrine can be found at the peak 

The view from the back of the cabin
Break time!

The well near the peak

Overall, despite not finding the Ameyama Ruined Castle (which is my main goal) I got the chance of successfully conquering my first mountain in Japan. It might not be that tall but it's worth climbing.
A view from the peak near the area of the ruined castle
Torii gate before the peak

Mountain Details:
Height: 314 m
Jump off Point: Under the overpass of Hanwa motorway in Kumatori town, Osaka Prefecture.
Climb time: 40 minutes to an hour

Ameyama 314 meters...

Getting there:

Ride the #92 Nankai Bus from Nankai Main Line in Izumizano Station bound for Osaka University of Health and Sports Sciences. From the University the jumpoff point is just a 20-minute walk away.
Jump off point

Another option is to ride the  #90 Nankai Bus bound for Okakita. Board down at the town of Nariai. From there the jump-off point is just 15 minutes away.


  1. Beautiful! I love your photography too. I also wished that someone would translate that board for me too! Thanks. Looks like it was good fun.

  2. This looks like a great where to go and just relax . Also the view 😍

  3. https://www.glamadventuress.comJanuary 31, 2018 at 11:31 PM

    Interesting article with a lot of historical beliefs with Mt. Ameyama!

  4. Love your blog! I'm very new at blogging and its insane the amount of pageviews you get, that's freaking awesome! I love hiking and definitely going to have to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

    1. You'll get there someday Yesenia. =) Just blog what you love and share them to everybody. =)

  5. This is an exceptionally beautiful trail! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm looking forward to reading about more of your adventures!

    1. Thanks Matt. Hope to see more of your comments in my blog. =)

  6. This reminds me of the rainforest i visited outside of San Juan! Didn't know when we started what we were heading into and wound up taking three side trips during the tour to see views like yours only instead of houses and buildings down below it was more trees and tourists!! I miss it. Saw so many strange bugs!
    Aoibhneas travels

    1. You should visit this place Kate. =) You'd love it.

  7. looks wow. the valley from the top looks amazing. also the mountain trail is very colourful and serene.

  8. Your post reminded me of my trek to Mt Fuji in Japan. That was more of glacial trek. And reading your pictorial post this one looks like amid dense forests. Great pics with beautiful panorama.

    1. Wow! you hike Mt. Fuji already?!!! Whoaa I envy you. Will plan for that someday. =)

  9. Looks like such a beautiful place! Japan is definitely on my bucket list!

    1. Great hope to hear your adventure in Japan someday. =)

  10. Okay, Stunned! That's the only word here. Fantastic photos, and I love the place!

  11. This looks like a gorgeous little trip! Steps always look deceiving don’t they! I think the cabin and seeing those views would of been my favourite part !

    1. Same here Morgan. Those were the highlights of this trek. =)

  12. This looks amazing! I have been wanting to go to Japan for so long. I think this would be fun as I love to explore.


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