Gorgeous Hozanji Temple Late Afternoon Hike-Free drinks at mountain side housing
WE ARE STOPPING OVER AT A FRIENDS SUPER SPACIOUS PLACE (WHICH HAS 2 BALCONIES) HALF WAY UP THE MOUNTAIN!!!!!
THIS PLACE IS ONLY 20 MINUTES FROM NAMBA STATION IN CENTRAL OSAKA!!!! VERY NEARBY:)
EVERY PERSON WHO HAS COME TO THIS PLACE HAS SAID IT IS AMAZINGGGGG!!!! EVERY PERSON:)
Have you ever heard of Hozani Temple Hike?? NEVER, I think:) It the most underrated trek in Kansai…..a hidden gem:)
Im sure you are tired of hollow temples that are designed for tourists.
Here we get OFF the tourist trail and see more traditional, hidden secrets of Kansai.
I am naturally a curious and inquisitive person. I have covered Kansai for the best hikes. HERE I have ONE OF THE BEST OF THEM.
We will take an easy to medium walk up the mountain side stopping every so often to see the amazing 180 degree views, lush vegetation/plant life and quaint buildings/ houses along the way. The walk will take about 45mins~50mins to reach the top, one way.
Half way up we will stop off at a friends mountain side retreat where it has 2 balconies to appreciate the delightful sights of Ikoma!!! Here you can rest and receive All You Can Drink (Tea,Cola,Water,Orange Juice etc).
When you reach the top……..
We`ll give you a tour of this historically special temple. It was built in 1678 on the site of earlier sacred site built by monks in 655. Yes thats right 655!!!!
There are caves behind the buildings on a rock face which are also historically significant. The buildings look ancient as do many of the figures that line the walkways up the mountain side.
This photo is the temple built in 1678….gorgeous and still shining in all its glory hahahaah
WALK LEVEL: Easy/Medium, 2.5 out of 5 : Suitable for people of all ages who are in fair to basic condition. Less than 5km round trip of distance total.
WHERE: We will all meet at Kintetsu Ikoma Station in Nara (Only 20mins from Osaka centre). Please Meet just outside the “CENTRAL” gates in Ikoma Station.
HOW TO GET THERE: Go to Ikoma station by “RAPID EXPRESS” train from Namba Kintetsu. 22mins. Wait at outside Central exit gates at Ikoma.
WHO: Everyone is invited, children, families, teens, adults, tourists, japanese, foreigners, nerds:P
WHY: Because we need to have some moments of relaxation between our busy week:)
: Meet outside Ikoma Station in Nara
: Walk up the steady incline whilst viewing the amazing historical, quaint buildings and amazing picturesque views.
: Arrive at 4 bedroom mountain side retreat. Astonishing views on the side of the mountain. This lodging has 2 balconys to view the superb scenery.
Also we will refresh here with an All You Can Drink (Tea, Cola,Water,Orange Juice etc).
View and marvel at the maze of temples, buildings, artifacts, relics and statues.
Check this link above for the amazing views at the top!!!
1200yen (includes guide to the top of the mountain, amazing views from friends country side housing located on the side of the mountain half way up AND free all you can drink)
CANCELLATION: If it rains, the hike will be cancelled.
WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING:
Shoes for walking or hiking / rucksack, food if you want
Bring a jumper/jacket just in case it get cold
❂About 15~20 people
❂ Usually up to the age of 35 years old but we always get at least a few over 50y.o.
❂We get a good mix of Japanese, foreigners, travelers, students, business people, couples, singles, regulars and new comers:)
❂Our other attendees are super genki and friendly people. Our staff always make an effort to introduce the quieter ones to others so its all good. Just relax and let it flow.
❂ Come and practise the language your learning. Everyones here to help:) Just have a go and you will probably surprise yourself!!
CONTACT: Dont hesitate to message or call ANYTIME (Andy):
WAITING LIST: Almost always at least 4 or 5 people have an urgent matter to attend so please go on the waiting list if now there are no availabilities. Most likely a position will open up:)
Lets have an awesome time in the outdoors together!!!!
“Eat, Drink, Mingle, Make new friends, and Cause a little mischief”