Myojinyama (明神山)

26 April 2024
Myojinyama (明神山)

Myojinyama (明神山, Myojin-yama) is mountain to the east of Lake Yamanakako which comes with an absolutely gorgeous view of Mt Fuji. It's only 1.6km to the summit, so it's perfect if you want somewhere quiet to enjoy the view of Mt Fuji but that doesn't take too much effort to get to. It's been my favourite view of Mt Fuji this year so far!

I climbed it as part of my goal to climb all mountains in the 36 views of Mt Fuji series. Since it's such a short hike, I climbed Mt Ashiwada in the morning before making the less than 1 hour drive over to Lake Yamanakako to climb Myojinyama.

trail start
Start of the trail
some stairs
A tiny bit of stairs, but it's mostly just dirt

The trail is basically one steep walk up a large hill. In parts the path was almost like a narrow trench, so it wasn't the easiest to walk through.

On the way back down I realised there were actually other pathways alternate to the trench, but these are kind of hard to spot on the way up.

There's not too much to see at the summit, other than a little shrine.

The shrine at the summit

However it's when you start to descend where the real fun begins! Because you get to spend the entirity of it staring at Mt Fuji, and it's a really beautiful view.

Mt Fuji from the summit of Myojinyama
The weather was perfect
Another photo of the descent

I think what really made this a great view for me was the contrast between the lake, the yellow grassland and the snow-covered peak of Mt Fuij.

Even from the carpark you can get great views of Mt Fuji, but it's not quite the same.

panorama dai
View from the Panorama-dai look out
The Panorama-dai car park

Honestly I wouldn't have climbed this mountain but for the 36 views of Fuji challenge, but I'm really glad I did! It was definitely worth it.

Hiking course details

Date climbedLengthCourse time
2024-03-221.6km1h5min (the expected time for an average hiker without breaks)

This is a out-and-back course beginning and ending at the Lake Yamanakako Panorama-dai lookout. There are toilets available at the carpark.

Car access details

Car parkTime (from Tokyo)Round trip cost
山中湖パノラマ台 (やまなかこパノラマだい)2h~6800 yen

The viewpoint carpark is quite small. There were a couple of hikers, but the carpark was mostly just used by people coming to take in the scenery from the viewpoint at the carpark. So I think even if the carpark is full, if you wait a little bit a spot should free up.

Public transport access

This mountain is hypothetically accessible via public transport, but I'm not sure that I would recommend it. It involves:

  • Getting a highway bus from Shinjuku to somewhere around the Lake Yamanakako area
  • Getting off, transferring to a local bus and going to the 三国山ハイキングコース入口 (Mt Mikuni hiking course trailhead) bus stop
  • Walking 3.5km (45 minutes) to the Panorama-dai car park.

I think the walking effort is not worth it. If you're looking for another mountain in the Lake Yamanakako area I would recommend Mt Ishiwari instead.

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