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Round Trip of Mt. Homan from Kamado-jinja Shrine

Experience the history of religious faith in the sacred mountain of Shugendo.
  • Duration
    1Day / 4Hours
    Highest Point
    829m
    Elevation Gain
    661m
  • Skill Level
    Fitness Level
    Gear Level
Mt. Homan (Homan-zan) in Fukuoka Prefecture has been the place for ascetic practices of the Shugendo, Buddhist austerities since long ago. Kamado-jinja Shrine at the foothill is a shrine that was established in the 7th century. Known with the alias of Mt. Kamado (Kamado-yama), the mountain is interspersed with remnants of history and mountain worship. Out of many hiking trails in the mountain, this course introduces the round-trip route from Kamado-jinja Shrine, which is popular among hikers and relatively easy to challenge.

Entering the grounds of Kamado-jinja Shrine and proceeding to the left of the main hall, hikers will find the trailhead with a torii gate. Proceed on the trail extending through bedrock until it merges with the paved forestry road, which ends at Ichino-torii. It is approximately 40 minutes away from the trailhead. Giant trees and rocks are scattered about around the stone-step staircase trail that ascends through the forest. Hike all the way up the steep stone steps named Hyakudan Gangi for approximately an hour from Ichino-torii, and hikers will arrive at Chugu-ato, or the “middle shrine ruins.” It used to be the place for ascetic practices for Yamabushi, or the practitioners of austerities, and now houses a stone monument. Continue ascending for approximately 30 minutes on the rocky trail to get to Mt. Homan. The summit is an open space with a giant rock decorated with a sacred straw rope. The view is superb, with the city of Fukuoka and mountains such as Mt. Hiko (Hiko-san) in sight. The summit houses the upper shrine building of Kamado-jinja Shrine, to which offering prayer along with the lower shrine is recommended. Take the same route back for the descent.

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Many buildings and small shrines are interspersed inside the vast grounds of Kamado-jinja Shrine, each enshrining various deity that are believed to bring a variety of profits. Purchasing different types of amulets or experiencing the Japanese religion by participating in prayer ceremonies may be a good souvenir of the trip. Season:All year around

Notes

Mt. Homan is one of the most popular mountains among hikers in the Kyushu region, but some of the many trails include difficult rocky spots and chain-supported areas. Hikers need to be cautious not to wander in accidentally.
Also be aware not to slip and fall on staircases.

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Duration
1Day / 4Hours
Highest Point
829m(Mt. Homan)
Elevation Gain
661m
Horizontal Distance
5.2Km
Skill Level
Fitness Level
Gear Level

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Access

Mt. Homan is located in Fukuoka Prefecture, the northern Kyushu region. Fly from Haneda Airport to Fukuoka Airport (approx. 2 hours). From Fukuoka Airport, take the Fukuoka City Subway Kuko Line to Tenjin Station (approx. 10 minutes). From Tenjin Station, transfer to the Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line and go to Nishitetsu Futsukaichi Station (approx. 20 minutes). From Nishitetsu Futsukaichi Station, transfer to the Nishitetsu Dazaifu Line to get to Dazaifu Station (approx. 5 minutes).
From Dazaifu Station, take the community bus “Mahoroba-go” to Kamado-jinja Shrine (approx. 10 minutes).

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