Mt. Kongo is the dominant peak (altitude: 1,125 meters) of the Kongo Katsuragi range that stretches along the border of Osaka and Nara prefectures. Near the top are Katsuragi Shrine and Temporinji Temple which En-no-gyoja, the originator of Shugendo, opened more than 1,300 years ago. There is also the ruin of Chihaya Castle, near the climbing route, where Masashige Kusunoki barricaded himself in resistance to the Kamakura Shogunate army during the Nanbokucho Period. There are about 10 normally used climbing routes: taking the Mt. Kongo Ropeway to the Mt. Kongo Station, the highest point within Osaka Prefecture (altitude: 1,053), and visiting Shakunage-no-mich (path of rhododendron), the camp site, Chihaya Nature and Astronomy Museum, etc. while climbing all the way to the top is popular for beginners; hiking up the Chihaya-hondo from the Mt. Kongo starting point to the Temporinji Temple office located on the mountain top plateau is popular among repeaters. In February, beautiful scenery of juhyo (trees glazed with ice) can be seen, and the Juhyo Festival is held every year.
|ADDRESS||〒585-0051 Oaza Chihaya, Chihaya-Akasaka-mura, Minami-Kawachi-gun, Osaka Pref. (The mountain summit is in Nara Pref.)|
|TRANSPORTATION||Take a Nankai bus for Kongosan Ropeway-mae at Kawachi-Nagano Sta. of the Nankai Rinkan Sun Line; short walk from the last stop.
Take a Kongo bus for Chihaya Ropeway-mae at Tondabayashi Sta. of the Kintetsu Nagano Line; 10 min. walk from the last stop.
Parking : Parking space for 260 cars
|INQUIRIES||TEL : 0721-74-0128 （Kongosan ropeway） FAX : 0721-74-0088|