Odaigahara ranks up there with Utsukushi-ga-hara, Mt. Hachimantai and Kirigamine as the most accessible of the Hyakumeizan, as you can practically drive to the top. The views on a clear day are outstanding
From Abenobashi (阿倍野橋) station in Tennoji, take the Kintetsu Yoshino Line bound for Yoshino (吉野) and get off at Yamato-Kamiichi (大和上市) station. From there, change to a bus bound for Odai-ga-hara (大台ケ原) and get off at the last stop. The bus runs from late April to November 25th, and there are only 2 buses a day on weekends, and 1 bus a day on weekdays. Click here for the bus schedule. If you’re doing the hike outside of the regular season, you’ll need your own transportation.
Route: This is a loop hike, so it can be done in either direction. From the parking lot, follow the signs past the visitor’s center towards Hide-ga-take (日出ヶ岳), the true summit of Odai-ga-hara. It’s a 120m vertical ascent that can practically be done barefoot. The views are really nice. From here, you can continue past the peak and descend into Osugi-dani (大杉谷). If the trail is open, then prepare yourself for one of the gnarliest, steepest drops in the Kansai area. If you’re just up for the day, then continue on the same trail for an easy 30-minute stroll over to Masaki-ga-hara (正木ヶ原). There are plenty of deer in this area, and the foliage and moss are wonderful.
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