Last Updated: Oct 30, 2022
The Inatori Hosono Highlands
It’s no secret that autumn is my favorite time of year in Japan. The entirety of the countryside comes alive with vibrant hues of red, yellow and orange. As those of you who have visited Japan during this magical season can also attest, it’s truly a magnificent time to explore the prefectures. One wonder that often gets neglected in favor of the fall foliage is Japan’s susuki (tall silver grass). In an attempt to rectify this, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite spots for susuki, Izu’s Inatori Hosono Highlands.
Truth be told, I only recently stumbled across this locale as part of a media event that I was invited to by the Atagawa Prince Hotel. Until then, I had only been familiar with the likes of Nikko’s Senjogahara and Hakone’s Sengokuhara. Alas, both of these sites for susuki are far removed from the ocean. Thus, they lack the amazing combination of mountainous highland, shining susuki and sparkling sea that you’ll find at Izu’s Inatori Hosono Highlands.
As pretty as the area is, you’re going to need to do a bit of hiking to get the best views. This is because the most impressive vistas that the highlands have to offer are from above when looking down on the fields of silver grass. Set against the background of Sagami Bay and the Izu Islands, this is truly a magical sight. Luckily, you don’t need to go all the way to the top of Mt. Mitsuji just to get a glimpse of the susuki though you should still hoof it a little bit up higher.
All in all, the Inatori Hosono Highlands are one serious hidden gem that could use a lot more awareness. If you plan to visit Japan during the month of October or November, consider adding this entirely-free attraction to your itinerary. As you’ll see in the details below, it may require a bit more logistical effort than the aforementioned other susuki spots. That said, the destination is more than worth it!
How to Get There
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