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【Tokyo Suburbs】 Enjoy Gorgeous Autumn Foliage at Irohazaka in Nikko!

Irohazaka is a winding hill road that was long ago discovered by practitioners of Shugendo (mountain asceticism). It was named after iroha-uta (a kind of Japanese song that uses all 48 hiragana characters without overlapping) for its 48 curves. This road has also been chosen as one of the Top 100 Roads in Japan.

The difference in altitude between the top and foot of the hill is approximately 440m, so you can enjoy a gradation in the momiji (autumn foliage).

Along this hill, there are signboards for every hiragana character – from “i” to “n” – to indicate each curve on the road.

There are currently 48 curves on the road, comprising of 20 curves on the uphill that are called Daini Irohazaka (No. 2 Irohazaka) and 28 curves on the downhill that are known as Daiichi Irohazaka (No.1 Irohazaka).

Near the summit, you will see the Akechidaira Ropeway that goes all the way to the Akechidaira Observation Area. It takes about 3 minutes to get to the observation deck through this ropeway.

You will get to see a lot of famous spots from the observation deck, including Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Waterfall. Enjoy various autumn foliage colors at Irohazaka!

■ Irohazaka
Phone: 0288-55-0331 (Akechidaira Ropeway)
Hours: (April - November) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
(December - March) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
※The schedule may change depending on the autumn foliage season, so please inquire about it.
Closed: None
Fare for a round-trip on the ropeway:
Adults: 730 JPY
Children: 370 JPY
Parking area: 50 vehicles (free)


Hosoo-machi, Nikko-shi, Tochigi

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 10.12.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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