Enjoy an Easy Winter Hike up Mt. Kongo, the Tall Mountain in Osaka
For beginner hikers in the Kansai area, one of the easier hiking courses is probably Mt. Kongo which is located in the borders of Nara and Osaka.
Visitors can enjoy the great views from its summit.
For these reasons, many people of all ages visit it all year round for a hike.
Some may prefer driving to Mt. Kongo since the bus schedule going there is infrequent.
But don’t worry, my friends and I have tried reaching the place using public transport (train and bus).
As long as you start your journey early, you would have no problem in completing the climb.
In our experience, it took us around 5 to 6 hours to reach the summit.
We took the train from Namba Station (なんば駅) to Kawachinagano Station (河内長野駅).
From there, we rode the Nankai Bus to the Kongo Tozan Guchi bus stop (金剛登山口).
The bus ride takes around 30 minutes.
Most people who get off at that bus stop will probably head to the same destination as you so following them can be a great idea.
What makes the Mt. Kongo hike less difficult is the nicely arranged log stairs, clear labels, and trails all the way to the summit.
At the end of the climb, you will be rewarded with a nice view and the presence of magnificent temples and shrines.
During winter, Mt. Kongo is covered in snow and the view is simply magical.
It is better to contact the Tourist Information Office in Mt. Kongo to check the weather conditions beforehand, especially if your main objective is to enjoy the hike in the snow.
You can also check the webpage of Mt. Kongo ( https://goo.gl/zGlhxO ).
This webpage offers automatic language translations in English, Simplified Chinese, and Korean.
Do bring a pair of spikes or clamp-ons as your hiking shoes during the winter season.
There will be snow in the higher parts of the mountain and the ground might be covered in ice which makes climbing difficult without the right gears.
If you do not like hiking, you can still enjoy the beauty of Mt. Kongo by a ropeway cable car.
First, take the train from Namba Station to Kawachinagano Station.
From there, board the Nankai Bus and get off at the Chihaya Ropeway bus stop (千早ロープウェイ前).
The bus journey should take around 40 minutes.
Do you have any particular favorite places for hiking in the Kansai area?
If so, make sure to share your recommendations in the comments!
Website: https://goo.gl/zGlhxO *Automatic translation is available