Mt. Katsuragi is located on the border of Kushira, Gose City, Nara Pref. and Chihaya Akasaka-mura, Minami Kawachi-gun, Osaka Pref. It is a part of Kongo-Ikoma-Kisen Quasi-National Par. Among the Kongosan mountains, this 959-meter mountain is the highest mountain next to Mt. Kongo.
Mt. Katsuragi is believed to be the residence of Hitokotonushi no Okami. Legend has it that when En no Ozuno, the founder of mountain practice, was building a bridge from Mt. Katsuragi to Mt. Kongo, this god helped him with his work only at night because he was ashamed of his ugly face.
The tableland at the top of the mountain called “Katsuragi Highland” is famous for mountain azaleas in spring and Japanese pampas grass in fall. Its diversified mountain path with natural beauty that changes from season to season is popular among hikers.
Mt. Tanzawa with an altitude of 1567 m is on the border of Sagamihara City, Kiyokawa-mura in Aiko-gun and Yamakita-cho in Ashigara-Kami-gun in Kanagawa Prefecture. It is a part of the Tanzawa Shumyaku (the great ridge) and a part of Tanzawa-Oyama Quasi-National Park. Being close to Tokyo metropolitan area, Mt. Tanzawa is thronged with hikers all through the year.
It is said that “Mt. Tanzawa” on the list of “Japan’s 100 Fine Mountains” includes not only Mt. Tanzawa but also other mountains rising in the central part of the Tanzawa mountain range, which used to be generically called “Tanzawa-san.” However, in the Meiji period (1868-1912), when a land survey was conducted, the triangulation point was placed at this mountain peak and the mountain was tentatively named Mt. Tanzawa. In time, people began to call this mountain alone “Mt. Tanzawa.”
The mountain is covered with the flowers of Yamazakura (Prunus jamasakura), Mitsuba-tsutsuji (Rhododendron dilatatum), Yamatsutsuji (Rhododendrom obtusum) and Shiroyashio (Rhododendron quinquefolium) in spring, Gakuutsugi (Hydrangea scandens), Japanese dogwood, Kobaikeisou (Veratrum stamineum), Yamayuri (Lilium auratumand) and lespedeza in the early summer, and autumn leaves in fall.
Inukoeji located in Yamakita-cho, Ashigara-Kami-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture, is a mountain pass at an altitude of 1,050 m. This scenic spot has provided a comfort stop for trekkers since old times.
In the Warring States period (1493-1573), Takeda Shingen in Kai province (present-day Yamanashi Prefecture) extended powers over the area around Tanzawa Mountains. The name of this pass, Inu-koe-ji, meaning “the path that dogs go over” is derived from the legend pertaining to their attacks on the Hojo clan in Odawara. Legend has it that whenever the Takeda forces headed for Odawara, they took this trail with their army dogs leading the steep and dangerous way.
You can command a panoramic view of the west part of Tanzawa Mountains and Mt. Fuji from Inukoeji Pass, which is selected one of the Kanagawa 50 Scenic Places. This tranquil mountain pass is a resting spot for the hikers climbing Mt. Hinokiboramaru and Mt. Omuroyama. Wonderful autumn foliage can be enjoyed in fall.
Nihonkoba is the 934 meter high mountain in Eigenji-Takano Town in Higashiomi City, Shiga Prefecture. Located to the north of Eigenji Dam, it is the highest point of the long mountain ridge that separates the dam area from the plain on the eastern side of Lake Biwa and continues to the Suzuka Mountain Range.
The name “koba” means “a lumberyard” and it is said that, as its summit commands a wonderful view of Lake Biwa, it was named “Nihonkoba” meaning “Japan’s No.1 lumberyard.” Its extraordinarily flat summit is very impressive.
Located far away from the main peaks of the Suzuka Mountain Range, there are few climbers seen in this mountain, so it is very suitable for one who prefers tranquil atmosphere. The summit is a flat open space where 30 to 40 people can take a rest. It commands a fine view of the Suzuka Mountains including Ryozendake, Oikedake and Fujiwaradake.
Other places of interest include the wide gully of Fujikawa, a wetland and Kijin-no-iwaya (Eccentric’s Cave).
Mt. Kamurodake located almost in the middle of the Ou Mountain Range and at the southern end of Kurikoma Quasi-National Park is a beautiful granite mountain, which is 1,262 m above sea level. It is also called Mt. Kokaburayama. From its magnificent ridge line running north to south in the border of Miyagi and Yamagata Prefectures, it is counted as one of the 100 Fine Mountains in the Tohoku region.
Mt. Kamurodake provides climbers with fascinating climbing routes that include the precipitous cliff on the eastern side. Being called “Little Tanigawadake,” its steep appearance challenges climbers to get to the summit.
As the highest mountain in the outer rim of Onikobe Caldera, its summit commands a wonderful panoramic view including Mt. Kamuroyama, the main peak of the Kamuro Mountain Range, in the west and Mt. Chokai and Mt. Kurikoma in the east. Climbers will forget all the fatigue felt on the way.
Mt. Kamurodake can give the climbers double pleasures; fascinating climbing and wonderful view.
Mt. Upepesanke is located at the southern end of the Taisetsu Mountains, which are made up of representative mountains in Hokkaido. Mt. Upepesanke with the altitude of 1848 m is a relatively high mountain in the Taisetsu. Contrary to the other mountains, it looks massive rather than steep. A lot of climbers come from all over the country and head for the mountain top at the high season. On the way to the summit, there are several peaks, from which you can enjoy viewing magnificent landscapes and various alpine plants. The edge line that continues to the summit is also very beautiful. It’s the greatest pleasure to walk along the way toward the summit with the grand landscape coming in sight on either side of the edge line. After coming down the mountain, having a relaxing time in Nukabira Hot Spring at the foot may be a good idea. You may find another charm when you soak in a bathtub and look up at the place where you have just left.
Mt. Eniwadake located in the southwestern part of Ishikari Plain in the western Hokkaido is an active volcano with an altitude of 1,319. As is called “Een-iwa,” which means “a sharp-pointed mountain” in the Ainu language, it features a beautiful conical shape that looks like a warrior’s helmet. You can see this beautiful mountain from any part of the central Hokkaido.
Mt. Eniwadake is blessed with bountiful nature and diversified landscapes. The mountain foot area is covered with dense virgin forests, while the mountainside is dotted with rugged volcanic rocks wrapped in white fume. The desolate summit is covered with communities of cute alpine flowers.
From the summit, you can command a panoramic view of Lake Shikotsu and the vast tract of Ishikari Plain. It is a breathtakingly beautiful landscape. Turning around, you will see the mystic cobalt blue surface of Lake Okotanpe, one of Hokkaido’s three mysterious lakes. On a fine day, you can also enjoy the distant views of the Niseko mountains and Mt. Yotei, which is called Ezo-Fuji. Located in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the mountain is crowded with climbers in summer.
Mt. Rishiri (1,721 m) stands at the center of Rishiri Island to the west of Wakkanai City in Hokkaido. Its name “Rishiri” comes from an Ainu word “ri-sir,” meaning “an island with a lofty mountain.” Being called “Rishiri Fuji” from its beautiful conic shape, it is counted as one of Japan’s 100 Fine Mountains.
A large part of Rishiri Island is occupied by Mt. Rishiri with its gentle slopes expanding in both Rishiri Town and Rishirifuji Town. As its base reaches the sea, this mountain is “the tallest” mountain in Japan in that the distance between the base (0 meter above sea level) and the top of a mountain is the greatest. The appearance of “the northernmost Mt. Fuji” is brilliant when viewed from the coast in Wakkanai.
Mt. Rishiri is also famous as a place where alpine plants grow. Many tourists, who long for the sight of alpine flowers, visit this isolated island during the blooming season. The summit commands a 360-degree panoramic view including Rebun Island and even Sakhalin on a fine day. As the climbing trails are relatively gentle, it’s not a very big challenge for beginners.