This section is a connection to both Lake Chuzenji hiking – Section 1/3 Kumakubo (Bear Cove) and the Lake Chuzenji hiking – Section 3/3 Hangetsu and Together the combined distance is 21km (3km for the Lake Chuzenji section of the Hangetsu hike)
To completely circumnavigate Lake Chuzenji, the total distance is 26km. However the section between Shobugahara camping to Chuzenji Onsen and Kegon Falls is along the road.
Senjugahama is a beautiful beach to enjoy a great view and listen to the little waves breaking.
In 2015, I hiked to this area looking for the foundation remains of Senjo temple and so it was astounding to look up and get this glimpse of this new reconstruction of the temple from the year 784 built by Shodo Shonin. This replica was complete in November of 2016, 1,200 years after the original.
This are only trees and Lake Chuzenji surrounding the temple as it stands directly across from Nantai Mountain.
Panoramic of Senjudo temple overlooking Nantai mountain on Lake Chuzenji.
The trail has several observation spots where you can openly see Lake Chuzenji.
Over the course of this hike, you will cross several creeks flowing into Lake Chuzenji.
What makes this trail a Class 2 (almost 3) are the many sections of rocking traverses over large boulders where even your feet might get stuck and twisted.
There are 3 cliffs that have wonderful views of Nantai Mountain across from Lake Chuzenji.
This cliff has is about 100 meters high above Lake Chuzenji.
Since this section of the trail (2 of 3) is on the south part of Lake Chuzenji, it doesn’t get so much sunlight. This creates a large quantity and variety of mushrooms to grow along most of the trail.
It is a great trail with such of variety of vegetation and different kinds of wildlife. You will certain hear birds chirping and deer shrieking and possibly other animals like foxes, rabbits, serows and bears.
A very remote a great place to swim on the west side of Hocchode jima (peninsula).
Some of the creeks that you cross don’t have bridges of planks to walk across, so you may get your boots wet. or socks. or feet.