Gozaisho Ropeway in Mie is the Longest in Japan
Mount Gozaisho (御在所岳) is part of the Suzuka Mountains in Komono on the border of Mie and Shiga Prefectures. It is the tallest peak in the range of mountains, and the only mountain in all of Mie that has a ropeway.
Opened in 1959, the Gozaisho Ropeway is said to be the longest ropeway in Japan, and will take you all the way up to the peak from the foot of the mountain. The carriages are all large and have giant windows that provide a great view of the mountains.
Looking up at the ropeway, we were a bit nervous, but from the ground the trip up didn’t seem too bad.
The trip up felt forever, even though it was in reality only a few minutes. Though it was enough to make anyone with a fear of heights like me nervous. Luckily the car was pretty stable; it didn’t sway too much as people rustled around trying to take photos.
The view was beautiful as we looked over the mountain, town and even the Ise sea.
The mountain is extra beautiful when visited during the changing of the seasons as you can observe the differences from top to bottom. During our trip we experienced beautiful fall colors.
Once at the top, you could transfer to a second chairlift line that actually takes you to the summit of Mount Gozaisho. Although I didn’t have the courage to do that, I did spend a while hiking the trails.
We were lucky to catch glimpses of Mount Fuji from here at the Fujimi-iwa Observatory, along with other beautiful scenery. Multiple local Japanese were using the scenery as inspiration for their sketches.
Even those with a fear of heights will be glad they stopped to visit Gozaisho Ropeway. The natural scenery is relaxing and beautiful at all times of the year. If you’re really against taking the ropeway, it is possible to hike all the way up Mount Gozaisho, but make sure to come prepared.
Once you return to the bottom of the mountain, you may want to consider checking out Yunoyama Onsen, one of Mie’s premier onsen villages.
[post by Beth]
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