The keeper of the forest,
Known affectionately as ‘the keeper of the forest,’ Ichijo walks through the Jozankei forests almost every day throughout the four seasons, and participates in walking groups as a guide. ‘#Sozoro Jozankei’ introduces each spot based on Ichijo’s wealth of knowledge. He is also advisor to the Jozankei Nature Club NPO.
This is a collection of typical attractions in Jozankei. We’re sure you’ll find they’re worth a visit.
Futami Tsuribashi suspension bridge
Popular scenic viewpoint From this bright red suspensionbridge, you can see ”Futami-iwarocks” that was named after Futamigaura in Ise, Mie Pref. and“Kappa buchi” that has a legend of Kappa.
Jozankei Gensen Park
The park was awarded the “Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award” at the Green Design Awards in 2005.
wato Kannondo Hall and Cave were built in 1936. In the cave, about 120 meters long, you can face to 33 different statues of the Kannon, the Goddess of mercy,Believe or not, it is famous as a power spot (place filled with spiritual power) among the people having entrance exam, or seeking chances for love affair. Don’t forget to try fortune paper vender machine, which is very much retro fashioned. Have fun!
Jozanji Temple Homotsuden (Museum)
A treasure hall that houses and exhibits precious objects related to Miizumi Jozan, the founder of Jozankei Onsen, adjacent to Jozanji Temple.
Built in 1905, this shrine stands quietly amidst the lush green hills overlooking Jozankei Onsen. In spring, Ezoengosaku (Corydalis ambigua) flowers bloom along the approach to the shrine, and in autumn, it becomes a famous fall foliage spot.
Jozankei’s forests are a treasure trove of precious plants and creatures that can be found in the national park. You can read the explanations after you find them, or use the illustrated reference to search for them.
–A list of events
Click here for information on events being held in the Jozankei area.