Oyama Afuri Shrine
A Shinto Shrine with a Cable Car to the Hilltop
Oyama is a hill often covered in clouds. Since ancient times, it has been worshipped as a holy mountain to pray for rain. That's why a Shinto shrine was built here.
Divided into a lower shrine and the main shrine on the peak, a cable car brings worshippers to the lower shrine.
Making a visit to Oyama Afuri Shrine, called "Oyama Mairi" in Japanese, has been popular since the Edo Period, when 200,000 people would come every year to worship, as depicted in Ukiyoe works of art.
Today, "Oyama Mairi" is recognized as a certified Japanese Heritage for its historical and cultural value.
From a height of 696 meters, the sublime view from the lower shrine is so magnificent that it has been highly evaluated in popular travel guidebooks.
Located at an elevation of 1,252 meters, the main shrine requires a 90-minute climb from the lower shrine, so it's necessary to bring proper climbing gear.
On the way up the cable car route, there is also Oyama Temple, a popular place to see beautiful autumn leaves.
Take in magnificent views overlooking the city and the sea.
With spring greenery and fall foliage, the seasons of nature can be enjoyed here.
At the lower shrine, you can drink the blessed spring water called, "Oyama Meisui".
- Believed to be 97 BC
- Postal Code
- 12 Oyama, Isehara City, Kanagawa
- No holidays
Open all day
The Cable Car operates from 9:00 am to 4:20 pm (until 5:00 pm on weekends)
- From Isehara Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line, take a bus bound for "Oyama Cable" for about 25 minutes. Get off at "Oyama Cable" bus stop and walk for about 15 minutes. Take the cable car up to "Afuri Jinja" station and get off.
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)