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Day Hiking in the Miura Hills

Day Hiking in the Miura Hills

Isaac Tait

There are three separate “mountain ranges” on Miura Peninsula. The Kamakura Alps are the northern most range, the Miura Alps LINK https://taiken.co/single/futagoyama-hiking are in the middle, and then down south – closest to the ocean are the Miura Hills. Don’t let their name fool you though, this range is home to the highest mountain on Miura Peninsula, Mount Ogusu (251m). The Miura Hills are surprisingly rugged, despite being surrounded by a city landscape. Consequently, they offer many great hiking trails which offer access to mountain summits that boast beautiful views of Tokyo & Sagami Bay, Mount Fuji, and the sprawling farm fields of southern Miura Peninsula.

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There are two distinct peaks in the southernmost portion of the Miura Hills--Takeyama and Fuji Muira (there several other peaks nearby but they are smaller with less obvious topographical relief). These two peaks are linked by a network of foot paths and roads, some are dirt tracks which are great for mountain biking. Hiking from Fuji Miura to Takeyama is an easy affair and is best done as an out-and-back. The trail is steep in spots so make sure you wear sturdy footwear.

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Once you have summited Fuji Miura, from the Keikyu-Nagasawa train station (discussed below in the “Getting Here” section), follow the narrow foot path to the dirt road and continue north along the road. After 20+ minutes or so you will come to a fairly sharp bend to the right in the road. Look to your left and you will see a trail, follow the trail an additional 20+ minutes and you’ll be at the summit of Takeyama. There isn’t much need to remember directions though as there are numerous trail signs and map boards.

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While there are no services on the summit of Miura Fuji, the summit of Takeyama is the site of the Tsukayama Jikyo Temple and consequently there are several vending machines, a covered picnic area, and a viewing platform.

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Between Tateyama and Miura Fuji is a smaller sub peak named Mount Hodaiyama. This peak is the site of an old World War II gun turret. It is accessed via a very short spur trail and is worth the extra few minutes to check out. Over the last 70+ years or so the jungle has grown up around the ruins so the views aren’t as striking as those from the summit of Tateyama or Fuji Miura but the archeological history makes it worth the side trip.

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There are several trails that drop off the main trail towards the west, if you have time they are fun to explore as many of them descend into rural farm fields with numerous parks, rivers, and farms. If you come here during the Spring there is a nearby strawberry farm where you pay a fee (last I checked it was ¥500) for 30 minutes of access where you can eat as many strawberries as you desire (if you want to take some home though you have to pay extra).

Getting There

While there are a few trailheads that offer parking, they are difficult to find, typically only have a few spots to park, and tend to be located in neighborhoods. So forgo the headache and take the train. The Keikyu-Nagasawa station is a very close walk to the trailhead which is located at 35.2074889,139.6662306 (map below) and is marked by a torii gate (The trailhead is behind the Tsukui Elementary School)

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