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札幌 手稲山 Sapporo Teine-yama Mt. Teine

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Mt. Teine is a 1023.7-meter high mountain located on the border of Nishi-ku and Teine-ku in Sapporo City, Hokkaido. The Ainu people, the indigenous people of Hokkaido, had called it “Tannewenshiri,” which means “a long cliff,” but the Wajin (ethnic Japanese) began to call it “Teine” having borrowed a local place name, which was also an Ainu word meaning “a wet land.”

The mountain was developed as a mine since the Meiji period (1868-1912). The mine was once so flourished as to be called “the largest mine in Asia.” At its peak, it produced as much as 60,000 tons of gold, silver, copper, zinc and tellurium. However, the operation began to be diminished and finally closed in the course of time.

In 1926, Japan’s first “hütte” was constructed in the mountain. A “hütte” is a German word meaning “a mountain lodge.” Since then Mt. Teine has been called the birthplace of mountain skiing in Hokkaido. The hütte was closed in 1978 for having been decrepit. However, it was restored to the original form by the hand of volunteers. As was used in 1972 Winter Olympic Games, Mt. Teine is one of the best skiing resorts in Hokkaido.

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Teine-ku in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan 006-0000
Mt. Teine

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