Oyamazaki Town Stories and Tips

Relaxing, Scenic and Historic Hike of Mt. Tennozan

Houseki Temple Photo, Oyamazaki Town, Japan

A hike of Oyamazaki’s Mt. Tennozan is a step back into Japan’s warring states history. Oyamazaki Town is situated around Mount Tennozan, in the center of the historical regions of Kyoto, Osaka. Japanese and world historians know the area as an important battleground where warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi revenged the murder of his master Oda Nobunaga in 1582. Hikers can see firsthand the principle sites of transition of power to the military situation of the period.

For many contemporary travelers, however, the well-marked hiking courses called "Hideyoshi Street" still is the real draw to the town. This hiking path leads past most of the area’s main attractions, which include Oyamazaki Sanso Villa, Kannon Temple, the Oyamazaki Historical Museum (which has videos, models, and a reconstruction of the famous Irori-an tea house).

Oyamazaki Sanso Villa, situated on the top of Mount Tennozan is a classical Taisho-period (1912-26) English-style mountain villa. The main wooden structure, surrounded by a large garden area, is well-preserved in its original elegance, with black wooden arched beams, high ceilings, and a huge fireplace. It is well worth visiting. The Oyamazaki Historical Museum houses many collections, including impressionist and Chinese works and a fine collection of Japanese tea ceramics. The museum, designed by world-famous architect Tadao Ando, has one of Monet's exquisite water lily paintings as a centerpiece art exhibit. The Oyamazaki Historical Museum is the only attraction in this journal that charges an entry fee/¥600. Hours 10:00-17:00, closed on Mondays.

The hike without stops will take about 90 minutes and can easily be tackled by a novice climber. The nearest station is JR Yamazaki station or Hankyu Oyamazaki station, and can easily be accessed from Osaka or Kyoto in about 30 minutes. Be aware, the only local train stop is at JR Oyamazaki Station.

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