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SUISHO-ZAN (Mt. Suisho)

すいしょうざん 

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata

水晶山

Suisho-zan (Crystal Mountain) is a popular mountain for hiking on the borders of Tendo and Higashine Cities.

Suisho-zan (Crystal Mountain) is a popular mountain for hiking on the borders of Tendo and Higashine Cities.

SUISHO-ZAN

Mt. Suisho, Mt. Suishozan, Mt. Suisho-zan, Suishozan

水晶山すいしょうざん 

Suisho-zan (水晶山すいしょうざん) is a 668m (2191 ft.) peak in the Murayama region of Yamagata prefecture best climbed from May to mid-November. Suisho-zan is a level 1 in terms of physical demand, which means it is easy to hike, has an A technical grade, which means it requires little expertise, and you want to allow at least 2 hours for a climb.

Mountain Range

Suisho-zan

Region

Murayama

Elevation

668m (2191 ft.)

Technical Demand

A (requires little expertise)

Physical Demand

1 (easy to hike)

Trails

Two: 1) Kawarago Trail (1 hour to 90 minutes one-way), 2) Inosawa Trail (One hour one-way)

Best time to climb

May to Mid-November

Day trip possible?

Yes

Minimum Time Required

2 hours

SUISHO-ZAN

Suisho-zan (lit. crystal mountain) lies along the borders of Tendo and Higashine Cities and is a popular destination for those wanting an easy stroll. Suisho-zan has been an object of worship since ancient times, known for worshipping Raijin, the Kami of Thunder from where the name is said to derive. At the same time, the name is said to come from the idea that crystals could be found at the summit. Suisho Jinja at the summit and other historic relics still remain on the mountain.

There are two trails up Suisho-zan, the Kawarago and Kanosawa Trails. Both trails are linked with a path that takes 30 minutes to walk, meaning it’s possible to do a loop.

Kawarago Trail (1 hour to 90 minutes one-way)

The Kawarago Trail starts in Tendo City. There is a toilet at the carpark near the trailhead. However if you keep going, you can drive all the way to the Rokkakudo Hall, which is usually a 20 minute walk. The path is well maintained, so is great even for beginners. From the lookout partway up the mountain, you can see the Yamagata basin, Gassan, and the Asahi Alps. Once past the lookout and the ‘landslides’ sign, the trail smooths out, and behind Suishozan Jinja there is the Oku-no-in (inner sanctuary) made out of stone, and the summit marker.

Inosawa Trail (One hour one-way)

The Inosawa Trail starts in Higashine City. The trailhead lies at the small shrine once you pass through the Tatehata hamlet. The Inosawa Trail is much more precarious than the Kawarago Trail, but along the way there are the giant Tengu-iwa and Kagura-iwa rocks. From the Tengu-iwa rock, there is a lookout with a view of Suisho-zan. The trail from the Kagura-iwa rock is steep and covered in rocks. Be careful when it rains as the trail can be very slippery.

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About the author

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

TIM BUNTING – KIWI YAMABUSHI

OFFICIAL DEWA SANZAN YAMABUSHI NAME:

RYOSEN – SPREADER OF TRUTH

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.

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