Embark on a magnificent full day tour with Jon Sheer, a specialist photographer of travel, adventure, architecture and landscapes.
Make an early start as you leave Tokyo by car to the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture, an area of stunning natural beauty and surrounded by Tokyo Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Upon arrival, board the Nokogiriyama Ropeway and take in the breathtaking view while enjoying a 680-meter ascent to the top of Nokogiriyama Saw Mountain, named aptly because of the deep carved notches in the mountain that resemble the teeth of a giant saw blade.
From the ropeway station, it's a short 10 minute hike to the main entrance of Nihonji Temple, a Buddhist temple complex originally founded in 725 AD. See the famous Nihonji Daibutsu (Big Buddha), and hike a series of steep staircases to the peak, while stopping periodically to photograph the 1,553 rakan (Buddhist saint) stone statues that line the trail. Wander through the mysterious notch carved out of the summit and emerge to photograph the spectacular One Hundred-league Kannon, a 10.3 meter-tall Buddhist statue carved into the rock face. Afterwards, make the final push to the summit of Nokogiriyama and shoot the stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the peninsula, Tokyo Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and Tokyo/Yokohama. On really clear days you can even see Mt. Fuji!
After this adventure, proceed by car along the Uchibou coast to the fishing village of Amatsu-kominato. Along the way take in Tateyama, a resort town featuring rolling sand dunes, and Minamiboso-shi, a collection of small towns and villages with very scenic beach views of the Pacific Ocean.
After stopping for a lunch of fresh locally-caught sushi, disembark at Tanjoji Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple built in 1276 by the founder of the Nichiren ("Pure Land") sect of Buddhism. Walk across the street to the photogenic fishing port with its colorful boats, nets and lures and then walk around the sea wall to a secret location where we will photography the sunset behind two little islets in the Pacific that feature Shinto torii gates on them.
After the sun sets, cut across the peninsula back to the Uchibou coast and return to Tokyo via the Aqua-line, the fourth-longest underwater tunnel in the world with an overall length of 14 km. Stop on the way at Umi-hotaru ("Sea Firefly"), an artificial island in the middle of Tokyo Bay consisting of restaurants, shops and amusement facilities.
Drop off at hotel.
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Note: The terrain on which Nihonji Temple is located is extremely steep and demands a high level of physical exertion to get around - a good pair of hiking boots and plenty of drinking water is strongly recommended.
The course may be done in reverse depending upon lighting conditions and time of year.
Our services include:
- Full guidance and instruction by bilingual/bicultural professional photographer Jon Sheer
- All applicable admission fees
- Transportation by private car
Our services do not include:
- Any other meals
- Gas and toll fees
- Other services than mentioned
- International and Domestic Flights
- Expenditure of a personal nature
- Travel insurance