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Kinubariyama, Nagoe kiridoshi

Kinubariyama Nagoe Kiridoshi

This course takes you from the Nagoe kiridoshi, a key transportation route in the Zushi area, to the Oogishi (Big Bank), to Mt. Korobari, with its splendid southeastern view of downtown Kamakura, and to Hokokuji Temple, famous for its bamboo trees.
The view from the summit is spectacular, with the curve of Yuhigahama beach and Sagami Bay below, and a panoramic view of the city of Kamakura. It is a good place to take a lunch break as you can rest and relax.

Course Outline

  • Elevation: Relatively gentle ridge trail, some steep and slippery.
  • Shoes: low-mountain hiking shoes

00:00 Entrance to Heisei Pilgrimage Route

From a paved road in a residential area
To a mountain road with fallen trees

00:20 Kinubariyama summit (Mt. Kinbarii )

Gentle ridge road

00:40 South summit of Kinubariyama

Gentle ridge road

00:50 Kinubariyama/Jyomyoji directional entrance

Bamboo-thicket mountain path

Residential promenade

01:30 Great Bank of Sarubatake
Flat ridge road

02:10 Nagoe Kiridoshi Nagoekoridoshi

narrow mountain road

02:15 No1 Nagoe Kiridoshi
Narrow cut road

02:16 Nagoe Kiridoshi Kamegaoka Danchiguchi

Gentle mountain road

02:30 Nagoe Kiridoshi
Fern-covered mountain road

02:40 Nagoe Kiridoshi Exit

Course Highlights

Walking along the ridge from Kinubariyama, the view is spectacular. Walking along the wall-like path of a large bank, you can feel the activity of people in the Kamakura period, which was the stone quarry of that time.
Kamakura, where Minamoto no Yoritomo established his residence in 1180, was a strategic location surrounded by the sea to the south and hills on three other sides. Therefore, it is thought that most of the overland routes into Kamakura were either narrow and steep mountain paths over ridges or dangerous paths under the cliffs at the edge of the waves.
The Nagoe Kiridoshi was one of the main roads connecting Kamakura and the Miura Peninsula, and there are many stone quarries, caves, and other remains from that period in the surrounding area.
The Mandarado Yagura group along the way will be open to the public for a limited time.
See Zushi City HP.

Quarry Site

Shortly before KInubariyama After descending about 50 meters, the path suddenly appears in the middle of the mountain.
This is the site of the Kamakura Stone Mining Site from the Kamakura Period.
The interior is large, dark even in daylight, and so spacious that light cannot reach it with a cell phone light.
If you visit, a flashlight will allow you to observe the chisel marks inside and envision how stone cutting was done in those days.
How did they transport the quarried stones from here? It makes you wonder.


Kinubariyama summit

The origin of Kinubariyama comes from a legend that on a summer day, Shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo covered the mountain with a white robe to make it look like snow in order to fulfill his wife Hojo Masako’s wish to see a snow-covered landscape.
The view from the top of the mountain, which overlooks the city of Kamakura, the sea, and even Mt. Fuji, was used in the scene in the movie “Umimachi diary” where Sachi (Haruka Ayase) and Suzu (Suzu Hirose) climb the mountain together. You can enjoy “Umimachi diary” on the big screen with Amazon Prime at Villa Kamakura(if you stay at Yuigahama Senze, you can watch it on the 120-inch big screen).

The big bank of Sarubatake

From the viewing platform at Sarubatake, the Ooigishi is a series of sheer cliffs 3~10 meters high for more than 800 meters along the ridge.
Along with the kiridoshi, it has been said to be a defensive site from the early Kamakura period, but excavations have now confirmed that it is the site of a stone quarry that was eventually left in the form of a castle wall as a result of large-scale stone quarrying operations.


Mandarado Yagura group

About 150 holes of medieval “yagura” remain in the Mandarado Yagura group on the northern ridge of the Nagoe Kiridoshi.
The existence of this many “yagura groups” is considered rare in Kamakura.
It is said that there used to be a “mandala hall” at this location to hold memorial services for the dead.


The Nagoe Kiridoshi is one of the seven exits of Kamakura and was a key road connecting Kamakura and the Miura Peninsula. It was also a part of the Uraga Road leading from Totsuka-juku to Uraga via Kamakura.
Nagoe-ji (also called “Nagoezaka”), which includes a cut-through road, was once one of the few overland routes connecting Kamakura to the Miura Peninsula, along with Kotsuboji to the south. The name “Nagoshi,” which is also the name of the area, is said to derive from the fact that this road was so steep that it was called “Nakoshi.


Before the start

Check the restroom

There is one public restroom in the middle of the course. There is one near the front of the course, but not near the finish line.

See Toshi’s Kamakura Hiking Map for detailed locations of restrooms.

Packed lunches and beverages

Vending Machine

There are no vending machines in the middle of the course, but there are vending machines before the start/after the finish line. For information on nearby vending machines, go to
Toshi ‘s Kamakura Hiking Map

(The photo shows Vending Machine at the Chosho-ji bus stop.)


After the goal