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“A small mountain with a charming waterfall”
Review of Mt. Inunaki

Mt. Inunaki
Ranked #5 of 49 things to do in Izumisano
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

Our returning night flight from Kansai International Airport certainly provided us ample time to make a memorable side trip to this little mountain with lots of small but charming waterfalls and some temples. After having breakfast near the Nankai Izumisano station, we took a public bus ride from the bus terminal just outside the station which passed through the small Izumisano town and went to the countryside. Well, the last bus stop is right at the foot of Mt. Inunaki (literally means Dog Barking Hill). From the bus stop we turned back and walked down the slope to the valley. After passing by some Japanese hot spring hotels and the Inunaki Yama Onsen Center, we were in a valley surrounded by natural forest and mountain range. The early winter breeze made our up-and-down climbing of the natural footsteps and bride crossing rather refreshing and enlightening. The story of the dog that barked because its master was in danger but was mistaken and even killed by its master who latter regretted his act and became an ascetic monk certainly had added some heart-touching moments for us although the hiking was not tough at all as we were not in a hurry. Perhaps because it was winter, other than a few locals who were mostly Japanese middle age women, we were the only foreign tourists there. Well, although we did not hike up to the upstream of the waterfalls we still enjoyed our trip in Mount Inunaki and we will come again next time for the hot spring bath.

4  Thank Qingzhe
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Reviewed 31 March 2010

I visited Mt. Inunaki this week with my two children aged three and eight. It was a great day trip and highly recommended for anyone in the area looking to connect with nature.
From Izumisano the drive is easy and short, about twenty minutes, and is sign-posted in English most of the way.
There are several convenience stores along the way the last being Lawson, on your left, just before you head out of town. Once on the mountain there are a few cafes and restaurants, a beer garden, icecream shop - only open in summer. I suggest packing your own lunch. There is a drink machine near the end of the hike.
There is only one road in and you need to pay close attention to the sign indicating the car park. If you miss it, like we did, you'll find it hard to turn around to come back as the road is a bit narrow.
The public carpark is on your left as you drive up the mountain. It cost us 500 yen for the day and included a photocopied map.
The hike itself takes you past the few hotels in the area (well-known onsen) into a wooded area. The path is paved and/or stones - easy to navigate but you should wear sneakers. It's not too steep and there were no parts too difficult for my children. You follow a river which has several small waterfalls. To get all the way to the end the map suggested it would take about 40 minutes. Along the way you'll pass temples and small shrines with offerings. It's quite interesting for tourists and the kids loved it.
We were only there for about two hours as it was still early spring and a little cold but we plan to return and spend more time there again soon.

5  Thank Jacqui M
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