Mount Iwaki ("Iwakisan" in Japanese) is a
mountain located about 15 km east-northeast of Hirosaki city.
It is a volcano, and there are three peaks on the top. The highest peak
is also named as Mount Iwaki, and is 1,625 meters high.
It has a conic shape like Mount Fuji, so it is called "Tsugaru Fuji".
The last eruption was in 1863, and now the volcanic activity is relatively inactive.
Most people living in Tsugaru region can see Mount Iwaki. So it has
been worshipped as a god by them since a long time ago, and there is
a branch pavilion of "Iwakisan Shrine" on the top.
In every August 1st on the lunar calendar (almost, the beginning of September), "Oyama-samkei" festival of the shrine is held.
Many people climb Mount Iwaki in the middle of the night, visit the shrine to pray for a good harvest and watch the sunrise from the top of the Mountain.
From the southwestern foot, a tollway "Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline" leads to
8th station of the mountain, which is located about 1,240 meters high.
It is the zigzag road about 10 km long, and has 69 curves on the route.
Then a lift leads to 9th station (about 1,470 meters high), but you must climb from there to the top on foot.
From central Hirosaki to 8th station& about 30 km, it takes
about 1 hours.
After that, see above 3 and 4.