• Nina

Hiking Amagi Pass & Old Amagi Tunnel

The Old Amagi Tunnel is the longest stone tunnel in Japan (446m or 488 yd) constructed in 1905 and was designated as a Japan's important cultural property in 2001.  The shaded winding road along the Hontani River from the car park up to the tunnel, counted as one of the 100 best roads of Japan, is such a refreshing path especially

in the middle of summer when you are exhausted from the heat and humidity in the cities.  The road features geologically unique aspects of the Izu Peninsula including a unique wild flower called "amacha" from which Amagi was named after, and is also famous for being mentioned in the first sentences of "The Izu Dancer," novel written by a Nobel Prize-winning writer, Yasunari Kawabata.