TIM BUNTING

KIWI YAMABUSHI

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Mt. Chokai seen from Mt. Yonetaihei

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Winter Hikes in Yamagata Prefecture

I just released my first mountain blog post for 2022, Mt. Yonetaihei in Sakegawa Village right next to Shinjo City. I want to hit the ground running this year, but since it’s still winter, it’s a bit hard. Not only are the mountains far away, it takes much longer to get there because of the snow, and it takes much longer to hike the mountains for the same reason. This means you have to go for low-lying and close mountains that are open year-round, and Mt. Yonetaihei was the closest to fit the bill. The search for the next mountain begins, but at this rate, I’m thinking I may have to wait until things warm up a bit in March or April.

From my research, there are 11 mountains on the 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata list that are open year round. They are:

  1. Mt. Takatsumujiyama
  2. Mt. Nadera
  3. Mt. Hyakkoku
  4. Mt. Chitose
  5. Mt. Togamiyama
  6. Mt. O’okayama
  7. Mt. Takatoriyama
  8. Mt. Sakazuki
  9. Mt. Tateyama
  10. Mt. Yonetaiheizan
  11. Mt. Takadate

As you can tell, I have already climbed two, the two closest mountains to me. Mt. Takadate is here in the Shonai region, and Mt. Yonetaihei is in the Mogami region. Of the other mountains, six are in the Murayama region, and the last three are in Okitama.

This makes things quite challenging, as Murayama and especially Okitama is very far from here. If I was to go to any of these mountains, I would want to either stay in the region, or try and get multiple mountains in on the same trip. Since these mountains are low it should be possible, but snowshoeing takes a lot out of you, and the time it takes to climb them is also unpredictable.

So, I’m going to contemplate how to continue from now. If the chance to go to these places arises, I will probably go, but I think I may have to make a special effort if I am to achieve my aim of 50 mountains this year.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 link). 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.


On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.


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Tim.

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