TIM BUNTING

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KUROBUSHI-YAMA (Mt. Kurobushi)

くろぶしやま 

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata

黒伏山

Mountain with a striking 300m tall cliff face located near Jangle Jungle ski field.

Mountain with a striking 300m tall cliff face located near Jangle Jungle ski field.

KUROBUSHI-YAMA

Mt. Kurobushi, Mt. Kurobushiyama, Kurobushiyama

黒伏山くろぶしやま 

Kurobushi-yama (黒伏山くろぶしやま) is a 1227m (4025 ft.) peak in the Murayama region of Yamagata prefecture best climbed from June to October. Kurobushi-yama is a level 3 in terms of physical demand, which means it is moderate to hike, has a B technical grade, which means it doesn’t require too much expertise, and you want to allow at least 6 hours for a climb.

Mountain Range

Kurobushi-yama

Region

Murayama

Elevation

1227m (4025 ft.)

Technical Demand

B (doesn’t require too much expertise)

Physical Demand

3 (moderate hike)

Trails

Odaira Kurobushi Trail (3 hours one-way)

Best time to climb

June to October

Day trip possible?

Yes

Minimum Time Required

6 hours return

KUROBUSHI-YAMA

The main characteristic of Kurobushi-yama is its southern face. Directly beneath the summit, there is an almost vertical drop of 300 or so metres about 600m wide meaning anyone can recognise the mountain. The impressive sight is easily recognisable from the nearby ski field, and is something not often seen in the Tohoku region. Locals liken the mountain to an unapproachable soldier, hence the mountain’s name. There are a few climbing routes up the cliff face, making it a popular destination for mountain climbers.

Odaira Kurobushi Trail (3 hours one-way)

The Odaira Kurobushi Trail starts at the northern end of the [Jangle Jungle ski field]. The shortest route to the summit, the trail also offers great views over the peak, and its especially beautiful with the fresh green of spring or during the autumn leaves. Be aware that there are some areas along the trail that become overgrown, and the main ridge to the summit becomes steep in parts.


Shiromori-yama on the other side of the summit has an unbeatable view of the western ridges of the Funagata Renpo, so is worth checking out if you can. Near the Shibakura trailhead there is a part of the river that you have to jump over rocks to get past, which can be dangerous if the river is high. Also, the ridge between Zeni-yama and Shibakura-yama is very thin with a narrow trail. This area is prone to landslides so watch your feet when hiking. There aren’t spots where you can use ropes either, so be careful of slipping.

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About the author

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

TIM BUNTING – KIWI YAMABUSHI

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Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website I made). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.

I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.

Sign up for the Mountains of Wisdom mailer for updates, follow me on social (IG, FB, YT, Twitter, TikTok, CR, all @kiwiyamabushi), or send me an email to get in touch.

Tim.

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