Nekozaki Peninsula, found in Takeno just next to Takeno Beach, juts out into the Sea of Japan and is the northern-most point in Hyogo Prefecture. Nekozaki in Japanese means crouching cat and looks like such from inland. The locals also give it the nickname of Kewpie because it looks like a sleeping Kewpie from the coast to the east of the peninsula, the head being the tip of the peninsula.
There is a hiking and nature trail that is easy to follow and is easy to walk along for most of the way. There are some steep inclines, declines, and stairs along the way, so sturdy shoes should be worn and caution should be taken in slippery conditions. The hike is about 2.3km one-way and takes about 2 hours round trip.
Along your hike you will come across giant’s kettles, prehistoric footprints of deer and dwarf elephants and 87 stone Ojizo-sama (bodhisattva statues that protect children and travelers)) that are connected to the 88 hallow grounds of Shikoku. The 88th statue is kept on the Rukaiji Temple grounds in the town of Takeno. At the end of the trail is Nekozaki Lighthouse, this marks the end of the trail and the northern-most point of Hyogo Prefecture.
Part of the trail will take you on a narrow path through the thick forests of the peninsula. A beautiful hike in the autumn when you can see the changing of colors.
At the tip of the peninsula is a white lighthouse standing watch over the cliffs that jut up from the Sea of Japan. On days with good weather and if conditions are just right, you can find fishermen on the lower rocks of the cliff.
View of the Town
Stay on the lookout for magical views during your hike through the forest.
At the end of your hike if you have the time, stick around the beach for a beautiful sunset.
- Business Hours
- A public park that is open year round, although hiking after nightfall is not suggested.
Takeno-cho, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo
About a 20 minute walk from JR Takeno Station
- Average Price Range
- Language Support
Sorry, but only Japanese is spoken.
Distance: 2.3km one-way, summit 141.4m
Hike time: About 2 hours round-trip.
Public restrooms: Kitamaekan (there is also a restaurant and hot spring here) and Gosha parking lot just before the trail
Tips: Sturdy shoes should be worn and it is a good idea to bring water and a snack.