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祇園山 Gion-yama Mt. Gionyama

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As it was proved by a geological survey that Mt. Gionyama (1,307 m) located in the central part of Kyushu was formed about 430 million years ago, it is called the birthplace of Kyushu Island.

The name “Gion” derives from the oratory to worship the mountain built at the foot in the ancient times by a mountain practitioner, who trained himself at Gion Kannoin Temple, a temple housed in the precinct of Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto before Shinto and Buddhism were separated. People called the oratory Gion Shrine and the mountain Mt. Gion.

The mountain is one of the few places in Japan where a lot of fossils from the Silurian period of the Paleozoic Era. The fossils of marine life such as chain corals and trilobites have been excavated from the limestone layer near the summit. The mountain is also known as the treasure trove of alpine plants. The summit commands a wonderful view including Mt. Hayabinomine (Futagoyama) and Mt. Aso.
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金剛山 Kongou-zan Mount Kongo

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Mount Kongo is a 1125 meter high mountain located on the boundary of Gosho, Nara Prefecture and Senshu region of Osaka Prefecture. It is listed on Japan’s 200 fine mountains. It is also known as a training place of En no Gyoja, who was the founder of Shugendo.The mountain is a aprt of Kongo Ikoma Kisen Semi-national Park. It also enjoys the eminent number of mountaineers, which can compete with famous Mount Fuji. The main feature of Mount Kongo is that you can climb it all through theyear. Affuluent nature in each season is overhwlming. People who recommend to climb on a winter morning point out the beautiful fog deposit seen in the buna wood near the mountain peak. In the surrounding area, lots of remains of castles such as Senshu Castle of Kusunoki Masashige, the hero described in the Taiheiki, Kami-Akasaka Castle and Simo-Akasaka Castle, and other historic sites including Masashige’s birthplace are straggling.The view from the observatory in the mountain’s breast is also wonderful. You can see a plain field spreading in the foreground and rows of mountains in the background, beyond which are Omine Mountains running from east to south.
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武周ヶ池 Busyuuga-ike Bushugaike Pond

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Bushugaike is located in the central part of the Niu mountain range with alignment of Rokusho-zan, Ochi-zan, etc. It has been believed and transferred by word of mouth that the pond emerged when once upon a time rocks and earth avalanched by a landslide were dammed. Surrounded with the virgin forest of beech trees, the pond is full to the brim all the year round, which creates a kind of mysterious atmosphere. The surface of the pond with the reverse images of surrounding mountains also gives you some profound and solemn impression. There has been a Dragon God (Ryujin) legend around this pond and it used to be known as a place for rainmaking rituals (amagio). In the Edo period the great rainmaking rituals were performed by the hand of a Shinto practitioner who had the ashram at Kamimaki village at the foot. Still today the rain-making ritual of “Ryujin Festival” is held every August, and the area is crowded with hundreds of mountain hikers in the rolling drums of Ryujin Daiko.
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