A course with plenty forest life and water.
This is a course where you can feel cool even in summer, walking along the stream is quite refreshing.
There is also a place where you can walk through the swamp on stepping stones, which is called the “Water Course”.
On the way, you can see “Biwataki Waterfall” a sacred area where Shinto ascetics train under the waterfall and “Iwaya Daishi”.
It is a popular course where you can see flowers, observe birds and insects, and experience nature.
The path is narrow overall, and the one-way restrictions on climbing are imposed during busy season of autumn leaves and Golden Week.
There are no shops or restrooms from the foot to the summit.
Unlike Trail 1, which has been maintained, it is difficult to climb in high-heels or leather shoes because the trail is rough and the distance is long.
Restroom in this section : None
From the foot of the mountain to Biwataki Waterfall (30min)
The paved road on the left side of cable car Kiyotaki Station is the starting point. The pavement will last for about 10 minutes.
There are stone Buddhist images on the paved road, Biwataki Waterfall and Iwaya Daishi on the mountain road, and a section where you can feel the color of Buddhist faith.
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Go straight on the paved road on the left of Kiyotaki Cable Car Station.
If you walk for a while, you will see the entrance to the mountain trail on your left.
Follow the path of stone along the stream.
You can see “Iwaya Daishi” with the legend of Kobo Daishi on your right.
Here lies the fork to Biwataki Waterfall. Biwataki Waterfall is on the right and the summit on the left.
Biwataki Waterfall is a short walk from the fork in the path.
From Biwataki Waterfall to Oyama Bridge (30min)
There is a place where you can get down to the stream, and feel the cool water.
There are also several benches where you can take a break.
Slate can be found in front of Oyama Bridge.
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There is a structure built to obscure the road just after Biwataki Waterfall so that the trainees cannot see it.
There are many places where tree roots are exposed. Please Watch your step for it is easy to slip.
There are some benches, so take a break at your leisure.
You can go relax in the stream
Or follow the path with the stream on your right.
Now we have arrived at Oyama Bridge. There are also some benches here and you can take a short break.
From Oyama Bridge to the Intersection with Trail 5 (30min)
1/3 of the path remains until the summit. It is a section with a poor footing and a challenging slope.
Be careful because the road here is quite narrow.
Don’t slip at the famous Stepping Stones!
You can also go to the Inariyama Trail just before crossing the stepping stones.
At the end, there will be a flight of what seems like endless stairs.
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The stream switches to your left after traversing Oyama Bridge.
There are several bridges along the way.
Please note that the path is narrow and it is easy to slide on.
Trail 6 goes straight to the stepping stones. Turn left here to go to Inariyama Trail.
Walk through the stream with stepping stones. You will not get wet if carefully traverse the stones.
The path becomes mroe gentle for a while after crossing the stepping stones.
Here at the end lie the infamous endless stairs. They present quite a challenge.
Here you can take a break after going up the stairs. You can see Trail 5 over in the distance.