Do you like sea, or do you like mountains?
If you want a trail running that enjoys both mountains and oceans near Tokyo, I recommend Mt.Koma in Oiso.
If you use the JR Shonan Shinjuku line to Oiso station you will arrive in about 1 hour from Shinjuku, the scenery you see from Mt.Koma crossing Oiso town and Hiratsuka city is a magnificent view, you can see Enoshima island and Mt.Fuji.
In the trail of about 5.7 km in length, you can enjoy trees unique to warm regions, and even after trail running you can swim at the beach at the beach.
JR Oiso station
Oiso station is the station of JR The Tōkaidō Main Line in Kanagawa prefecture, there is “Oiso beach” near the station so if you bring swimsuit in the summer you can enjoy the swimming.
Mt.Koma nature trail
When you arrive at Oiso station, go right along the railway track, pass through under the guardrail and go up the Slope and you will find Takada Park, and the trail will start from the right back of this park.
The view from Takada Park is also wonderful.
Mountain trail to Mt.Koma
The trees live in warm areas such as evergreen trees and “Litsea coreana”, and it is a beautiful natural road.
You can enjoy a hydrangea trail in June.
A radio tower of Shonandaira
As you climb a gentle slope, you will see a radio tower on the left.
It is the ridgeline of “Shounandaira” and “Mt. Koma”, and turning to the left is “Shounandaira”.
View from Shonandai
The 360-degree view from “Shounandai” is really wonderful overlooking Mt. Fuji, the Boso Peninsula and the mountains of Tanzawa.
“Shonandai” has a restaurant, you can enjoy fish cuisine caught locally while looking at magnificent scenery.
The sumitt of Mt.Asama
It goes via ‘Mt. Asama’ with big tree of enoki and shrine.
There is a quiet and peaceful trail surrounded by woods, resting places are dotted in some places.
The sumitt of Mt.Koma
There is no prospect of the mountaintop of Mt. Koma, but there is a mysterious atmosphere with remains of an ancient castle wall.
It is a shrine founded in 717.
In the Kamakura period there were 24 temples in the mountains of Mt.Koma rising behind the temple.
Until the end of the Edo era the whole mountain was protected as a spiritual area of Temple.
From the “Takaku Shrine”, when entering the national highway, rows of trees of pine and enoki are lining up. This area is famous as “Old Tokaido” continued to Osaka in the Edo period, and it is also the stage of Hiroshige’s “Oiso Toragaame” famous for “Ukiyo-e”.
It was the first Japanese beach in Japan that was established in 18th Meiji era.
It is a popular spot for families and couples. Moreover, it is around 10 minutes even if you walk from JR Oiso station.
Shower is also installed, so let’s bring swimsuit and enjoy the swimming!
If you are looking for tour guide of this trail running course please refer to the following.