Nature Hike to Mt. Bukka (Bukkasan) in Aiko, Kanagawa

Mt. Bukka (Bukkasan) Hike

Summer is approaching! Husband and I have been doing a lot of hikings lately in preparation for Mt. Fuji. Few weeks ago, we hiked Mt. Nabewari part of Tanzawa mountain range and last week, we took a short hike to a nearby town of Aiko District.

Mt. Bukka or Bukkasan as known to locals has a peak of 747 m. It was only a short 1.5-hour hike to the top but followed by a beautiful view of the Tanzawa mountain range and Lake Miyagase. Hiking its nearby peak Mt. Takatori was something we’ve already done last year which offers the same scene, however, the trail to Mt. Bukka was a little more challenging with mixture of large rocks and sharp edges.

There was one thing I cannot forget from hiking these mountains last year though, the brutality of leeches. I really hope it doesn’t discourage you from hiking it. Just be prepared to wear very thick socks, wool preferably, or better buy anti-leech socks. My husband and I actually hope to invest one soon as we plan to hike more. Mountains in Japan are known to have leeches or hiru in Japanese.

We started the hike around 2 p.m. Getting to the jump-off point of Mt. Bukkasan is the same with Mt. Takatori. Here’s the map to the parking lot. Walk ahead to the nearest bus stop you could see and cross the road. The trail up starts there. Not far from the entrance is a sign warning hikers to beware of land leeches. There are two leech spray bottles as well however most of the time they’re empty.

Hiking Mt. Bukka (Bukkasan) in Aiko, Kanagawa
The first 30 minutes of hike was very easy.
Hiking Mt. Bukka (Bukkasan) in Aiko, Kanagawa
The part where husband claimed he’s got 15 leeches crawling on him.
Hiking Mt. Bukka (Bukkasan) in Aiko, Kanagawa
A rest stop, but I don’t know the meaning of this sign. I checked my socks for leeches at this stop.

Hiking Mt. Bukka (Bukkasan) in Aiko, Kanagawa

Hiking Mt. Bukka (Bukkasan) in Aiko, Kanagawa
After an hour, there’s a sign indicating divergence of the trail, Bukkasan (仏果山) and Takatoriyama (高取山). Just follow the 仏果山 sign.
The challenge starts!
The challenge starts!
Finally the top.
Finally the top.

Hike to Mt. Bukka (Bukkasan) in Aiko, Kanagawa

Small jizo statues.
Small jizo statues.
Nature Hike to Mt. Bukka (Bukkasan) in Aiko, Kanagawa
He’s not happy about his sweat.

At the tower, we took a major rest and ate edamame and KitKat. The wind was constantly blowing but with the right amount of temperature leaving us cooler and more relaxed overlooking the beautiful Lake Miyagase.

Nature Hike to Mt. Bukka (Bukkasan) in Aiko, Kanagawa
Look up baby.
View of Tanzawa Mountains and Lake Miyagase. It was foggy though.
View of Tanzawa Mountains and Lake Miyagase. It was foggy though.
Hiking Bukkasan
According to this sign, there’s another trail leading you to another mountain trail. Good luck!
Nature Hike to Mt. Bukka (Bukkasan) in Aiko, Kanagawa
White trees can be spotted too. Descending took us about 45 minutes.