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Mount Ishizuchi

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At 1982m, Mount Ishizuchi is the highest mountain peak in western Japan. One of Japan’s Seven Holy Mountains, it has been known as a spiritual mountain since ancient times. During the "O-yamabiraki" event in July, Shugendo practitioners gather from all over the country to pay their respects. For those who don't feel confident enough to aim for the peak, it is recommended to use the ropeway or chairlift when hiking.

View scenic routes that include this spot

From Tokyo to one of Japan's least-explored regions for uncrowded nature activities

More Information about Mount Ishizuchi

Street address

81 Nishinokawakou, Saijo City, Ehime (Ishizuchi Tozan Ropeway Sanroku Shimotani Station)


  • 1 hour from the JR Iyo-Saijo Station on the Nishinokawa route Setouchi Bus. Get off at the Ishizuchi Ropeway-mae bus stop, then travel 5 minutes by foot to the Sanroku Shimotani Station

Opening Hours


For those travelling by car: the Ishizuchi Skyline road is completely closed during the winter season (December 1 to March 31).


Best season

Jul., Aug., Sep., Oct.


The mountain is bustling with mountain climbers and tourists during the autumn leaves season in October. Even if you are climbing or hiking on a day trip the weather around the mountain can change quickly, so it is important to prepare appropriate clothing, sports or trekking shoes, and food and drink.

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