There is a mysterious ancient path of moss-covered flagstones on Mt. Obora. At the foot of the mountain is a part of Shinpukuin Temple called Mitake Zaodo and it is said that long ago, Mt. Obora and the area surrounding was used as a training ground for ascetic (Shugendo) practices. The 500 or so mountain cherry trees that lead to the temple gate are known as the Mitake Sakura and have been chosen as a national place of scenic beauty as well as being included in the 100 best cherry blossom sites.