Want to look into hell? There is a tourist spot called “Jigoku Nozoki” (Look Over Hell) in Chiba Prefecture. Contrary to the place name of “Jigoku Nozoki”, there are superb views and spectacular Buddha, which are popular as photogenic spots.
“Jigoku Nozoki” is located in Mt. Nokogiri in Kyonan Town, Chiba Prefecture, where you can see the Boso Peninsula. Mt. Nokogiri, with an altitude of 329 meters, is packed with highlights such as “Nihon-ji Temple Daibutsu”, “Hyakushaku Kannon” and “one thousand five hundred Rakan”. When the weather is nice, you can see a wonderful view from the top of the mountain. Mt. Nokogiri is said not only to tremble with “Jigoku Nozoki” but also to continue hell while heading to the summit.
Mt. Nokogiri is a temple called Nihonji Temple in the whole mountain. “Jigoku Nozoki” in the precincts of the Nihonji Temple is a precipice with a rugged rock surface protruding in front of it. It’s great for the beauty of the ocean and the sky that stretches out in front of you, but some people tremble at that height when you look into your feet.
The Miura Peninsula and Tokyo Bay spreading out in front of “Jigoku Nozoki”, which can be reached near the tip of the protruding cliff, is beautiful, but you can enjoy the thrill of just looking into hell. This is a great photogenic spot. It ’s crowded with people taking commemorative photos.
Also note that some cliffs have handrails, but it is hard to say that they are reliable.
You can experience the fear of peeking into hell
Mt.Nokogiri in Kyonanmachi town in Chiba Prefecture is a popular place as a handy outdoor. You can enjoy the scenery such as ‘Nihon-ji Temple’ (Japanese Temple), which is Japan’s oldest and has the biggest Buddha in Japan, and the former ‘quarry slope’, and you can experience ‘Jigoku Nozoki’ (Look Over Hell) You can experience. There are various routes from sightseeing using ropeway to full-fledged mountain trails, which can be adapted to individual tourist style. The large ocean which extends from the mountaintop of Mt.Nokogiri to the eyes is a recommended spot.
“Nihon-ji Temple” in which the entire mountain is in the precincts is a temple converted to Tendai sect, Shingon sect, Soto sect. It is a temple with a history that is said to be Japan’s oldest. Furthermore, the biggest Buddha in Japan “Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai” (the Blue-Skinned Healing Buddha) resting in “Nihonji-Temple” is overwhelmed by about twice the size of the great Buddha in Kamakura and about 1.7 times that of the Great Buddha of Nara. And the appearance of five hundred statues of arhats (Gohyakurakan zo) makes you feel mercy.
There is a popular spot “Jigoku Nozoki” in the mountaintop area of Nihon-ji temple. You can go to the end of the overhanging rocky mountain, you can experience the fear of peeking into hell. In fine weather you can see the Miura Peninsula and Tokyo Bay in the distance, you can taste wide view.
In “Jigoku Nozoki” there is a handrail that takes safety into consideration, but it feels unreliable rather than sturdy, so an extra fear sense will attack. For taking photos, it is good to take a pose standing at the tip of “Jigoku Nozoki” and take a distant view from the top of the foreground. Experience of standing at the edge of a sharp edge of the cliff rarely happens, so why don’t you take a courage and look into it?
Founded 1,300 years ago
The “Nihon-ji” (The Japanese Temple) founded by Gyoki Bosatsu having been under instructions of the Emperor Shomu approximately 1,300 years ago is the oldest temple in Kanto area. The precincts is approximately 33 ha (330,000 square meters) in the south slope of the Mt.Nokogiri, you can pray while taking a walk in rich nature.
Quarrying building stones
Mt. Nokogiri is approximately 300m above sea level in the southern part of Boso Peninsula in Chiba.
This is a place for quarrying building stones from the Edo era and the steep rock face still leaves the remains.
The superb view spot “Jigoku Nozoki” of Mt. Nokogiri is in the Nihon-ji, and 600 yen is necessary for the Nihon-ji as an admission fee.
Is it Heaven?
There are various tourist attractions in Mt. Nokogiri as well as “Jigoku Nozoki”. It takes 2 hours for round trip to look all of them. Because there are many stairs, it is hard to go for one who is not confident in physical strength.
However, the scenery is good. Heaven may be near rather than hell.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||Jigoku Nozoki (Look Over Hell)|
|Adresse:||Kanaya 2474 Futtsu-city, Chiba 299-1861 Japan|
|Access:||JR Uchibo-sen line "Hamakanaya-eki Station” (8 minutes walk)|
|Price/Charge:||600 yen (Adult)|
400 yen (Under 12 years old)
Free (Under 3 years old)
Please refer the official web page.