A beautifully formed dormant volcano that's just a quick lift ride away
Mt. Omuro is a famous tourist spot in Ito. Its distinctive shape like a upside-down bowl never fails to make an impression. The volcano is said to have last erupted about 4,000 years ago, and has been dormant ever since. A typical example of a monogenetic volcano, it has been designated as one of the nation's natural monuments. The beautiful shape of the mountain has been preserved through Yamayaki, a traditional early-spring event that has been held every February for over 700 years to encourage pampas grass to grow. You can get to the top of the mountain by taking the Omuroyama Lift. Once at the top, drink in the 360-degree panorama as you take an "Ohachi Meguri" stroll around the eruption crater, which is about 300 meters across.
An "Ohachi Meguri" on a fine day is a must for the panoramic view of the Izu Shichito Islands and Jogasaki Beach you'll get. (Aerial photo.)
Upper left: Sakura no Sato at the foot of Mt. Omuro is on the list of the 100 best cherry blossom spots. (The 100 best cherry blossom spots were selected by the Japan Cherry Blossom Association in 1990 with support from the then Ministry of Construction and the Environment Agency.) Upper right: With no steep slopes at the top of the mountain, you can enjoy an easy hike. Bottom: Yamayaki is now one of the main tourist events.
|Address||Ike 672-2, Ito City, Shizuoka|
|Phone||Ito Tourism Association
+81-557-37-6105 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. / Japanese only)
|Access||Take the JR Ito Line for approx. 25 minutes from "Atami Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen and alight at "Ito Station". Take the Izu Tokai Bus bound for Shaboten Koen for approx. 40 minutes and alight at "Shaboten Koen". Take the Omuroyama Lift for approx. 6 minutes and alight at "Sancho Station".|
|URL||Ito Tourism Association
|* Depending on the weather, natural conditions, etc., appearance may differ from photos / articles.|
updated on Sep 30, 2019
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