Lover's Sanctuary at Kaminoyama

A romantic observation deck to renew your love

By Justin Velgus    - 1 min read

The observation deck half way up Mt. Hanasaki in Kaminoyama is known as a Lover's Sanctuary (恋人の聖地​). It is one of a number of romantic locations across Japan set up by an NPO by the same name. Great for a date or a peaceful place in general.

Bring a lock and write a message to "lock" in your love, ring the "bell of happiness", or just enjoy the great view day or night 319 meters above sea level. If you don't mind narrow mountain roads, you can drive to the sanctuary to use one of the free four parking spots. Otherwise, it is a 30 minute walk from the entrance of the mountain path. You can also enjoy a picnic using the tables set up on the deck. There are hiking trails all around with a shrine a ten minute walk further up the mountain. 

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Justin Velgus

Justin Velgus @justin.velgus

Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai.   Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.