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Mount Iwaki

Mount IwakiMount 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.

How to get to here

By route bus

  1. From Hirosaki station, get on the bus to "Karekitai". Get off at "Dake-onsen". It takes about 50 minutes.
  2. Then get on the shuttle bus to "Iwaki-san 8-goume" (8th station). It takes about 30 minutes.
  3. To 9th station, a lift takes 10 minutes.
  4. To the top of Mount Iwaki, it takes about 30-40 minutes. The distance is only about 600 meters, but you must climb a height of about 150 meters.

By car

From central Hirosaki to 8th station& about 30 km, it takes about 1 hours.
After that, see above 3 and 4.

Mount Iwaki in spring
Mount Iwaki

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