As I grew up in Oiso, Mount Oyama was a part of my everyday scenery. The magnificent mountain always gave me a sense of calm as it sat silently like a seasoned zen master.
When my parents asked me where I wanted to visit, I chose Oyama out of nostalgia. It has most of my favourite things about Japan: great view, great food, and great people. These are the things that I miss the most after 20 years of living overseas.
Oyama has been considered one of the holy places in Kanagawa Prefecture for a long time. It is said that Oyama Afuri Shrine was built in the 8th century. (Note: Afuri Shrine’s website says that it was established approximately 2200 years ago, but my understanding is that this theory is not proven.) During the Edo Period, many Edoites visited Oyama from Edo (Tokyo) and then Enoshima on their way home.
It was around lunch time when we got there, so we decided to treat ourselves to some soba noodles and Oyama tofu.
With the full stomach, we took the cable car up to Afuri Shrine Station.
The leaves were in the perfect autumn colours. Not many things in life can move me like the mixture of bright red, pink, orange, and all other colours that selflessly entertain my eyes.
On the way down, we visited Oyama Shrine that was also painted in radiant autumn colours.
It was an amazing trip that really reminded me of everything I like about Japan. Next time I want to take my wife and children to this very special place. If you still haven’t visited there, you really have to! I guarantee you will love it.