About Kinkasan (Mt. Kinka)
Kinkasan (Mt. Kinka) floats in the Pacific Ocean around Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture. The entire island is designated as a sanctuary along with Koganeyama Shrine, Aomori Osore-zan, and Dewasan-zan, which are the "3 sacred lands of Tooku". Koganeyama has celebrated Japan’s first gold mine from 1260 years ago all the way up until now, which was built in the middle of Kinkasan. It is said that visiting will bring you wealth and good fortune, and so many people come to visit.
The island’s deer
The virgin forest on Kinkasan is filled with numerous deer and monkeys, and these deer especially are protected as messengers of the gods. On the first and second Sunday of October in every year there is a ritual in which the horns of male deer are cut off, and these cut horns can be bought. The appearance of these clipped male deer may seem pitiable, but this ritual is carried out for the safety of shrine visitors so that the male deer do not attack them. As this is an unusual ritual that can only be seen elsewhere at Nara in the Kasuga Taisha Shrine, people who are interested in the ritual should come here during the correct time period to see it. The many animals on the island are accustomed to being fed by visitors, so you should almost certainly carry food for any animals that approach you wanting food.
You can get to Kinkasan via boats leaving either Ayukawa Port or Onagawa Port. To get to Ayukawa port, from the JR Ishinomaki Station (石巻駅) take a bus to the port. From the station to the port it’s about 1h30m, and it is 1460yen for a one way trip. To get to Onagawa port, JR Urashaku Station (浦宿駅) is the closest station. From the station you can take a bus or a taxi to get there. By car, take the Sanriku Expressway to Ishinomakinan IC (石巻港IC) or Ishinomaki-kanan IC (石巻河南 IC). The fee for the ship is different depending on the port and ship, but it is usually about 2500-3000 yen. However, there is one private charter boat that runs out of Ayukawa Port that takes only 5 or fewer people for 15,000 yen.
Image Gallery: Kinkasan
Kinkasan-5 Ayukawahama, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 986-2523
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0225-45-2301 / Fax: 0225-45-2303|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
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|Recommended target||Family Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|