The 3 Major Night Views of Japan

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While there are places all around Japan that are incredibly popular date spot and night view lookouts, only 3 are considered to be worthy of the title “major night views”. These 3 spots are so incredible that they are called Japan’s 3 ten million dollar night views. Here are the three major night views of Japan!

History and Title

The concept of the Three Views of Japan (Nihon Sankei, 日本三景) was first created in 1643 by renowned scholar Hayashi Gahō, who came up with a canonical list of Japan’s three most celebrated scenic sights.

Inspired by the original list, the Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha (株式会社実業之日本社) held a national election in 1915 to determine a list of New Three Views of Japan. This election also resulted in the naming of the Three Major Night Views of Japan (Nihon Sandai Yakei, 日本三大夜景), the official list of Japan’s three most celebrated scenic night views.

These 3 spots are also called “ten-million-dollar night views” in Japan.

1. Mount Maya in Kobe City

Mount Maya (Mayasan, 摩耶山) is a 698.6m-high (2,292 ft) mountain in Kobe City, Hyōgo Prefecture. This mountain is one of the major peaks of the Rokkō Mountains, and is the most popular peak for visitors.

There are several ways to get from the bottom of Mount Maya to the top – the two most popular being Maya Cableway and Maya Ropeway. This mountain has also easy access to the foot through Okumaya Driveway. The Mount Maya area is also linked to the Kinenhidai area and the top of Mount Rokko by bus.

The ten-million-dollar-night-view is specifically the one seen from Kikuseidai (掬星台), a lookout platform just aside of the top of the mountain. The Kikuseidai lookout starts with a walking path decorated with fluorescent material which was actually designed to remind visitors of the Milky Way. On …continue reading