Mt. Tomisan is a twin-peak hill located in the north of Minamiboso City. It is described as a deep, foggy mountain in Nanso Satomi Hakkenden, a novel written by Takizawa Bakin in the Edo Period, but is actually quite climber friendly. One of their hiking courses leads you to a cave set as a place where Princess Fuse and her dog stayed in the novel. Depending on the course and season, you can enjoy different activities such as narcissus flower viewing and orange picking.
Sunosaki Shrine stands on the tip of Sunosaki Cape, the western most part of Tateyama City. Climbing up steep steps, the 300-year-old shrine building welcomes you against the beautiful green of natural forest. If you turn around and see where you came from, you will be dazzled by the view of the ocean spreading from down below to the horizon. At the festival in August, the portable shrine is carried down the 147 steps, while the carriers roll the shrine wildly.
Hina no Sato is a Road Station that houses a restaurant, a café, a souvenir shop, a farmer’s market, and a tourist information center. “Must tries” are an Ice cream cone made from fresh milk produced locally, and authentic American size hamburgers at Bingo Burger, where there is always a long queue. Locally grown and freshly harvested vegetables are available in the annex. The view of the county side that extends behind the building is a comforting sight.
Nakazeki is a reservoir used for agricultural purposes located in the Naka area in Minamiboso City. It looks like an unremarkable pond at first sight, but is actually a very visitor friendly waterfront park. The trail that goes around the pond is the perfect length for a family with small children, making it an ideal spot for a nature walk. It’s also a great place for fishing. Please note that parking spaces are available, but the driveway can be narrow in places for large SUVs.
The waterfront park in Kyonan-town consists of the Sakuma Dam and its surrounding area. The scenery can be appreciated anytime of the year, but a special highlight is the spring season, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Narcissus bloom in December, and Yoritomo-Zakura in the middle of February. In early April, Somei-yoshino cherries cover the whole area in a breathtaking display of pale pink. The park is probably vast enough for us to practice social distancing!