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Mt. Taisen Course

Mt. Taisen Courseの写真
Type:
Mountain Climbing
Time Required:
4 h 15 min.
Distance:
26 km
An enjoyable climb of magnificent Mt. Taisen, loved even by feudal lords.

Course Outline

Head for the peak of Mt. Taisen by mountain road bus and through a mountain walk that lets you experience history.

From June to November, a bus runs from Palclub to Ikekubo, near Iriyamakobyo Cemetery. After exiting the bus, Iriyamakobyo Cemetery, the burial ground of the Nakagawa Clan, is about 40 minutes away. Along the way, there are stretches of stone pavement, and the walk through the forested zone will turn your thoughts to history. From Iriyamakobyo Cemetery, a steep climbing trail appears past the hollow known as Toriikubo, from which the whole of Mt. Taisen begins to come into view. Passing the large Tenguiwa Rock, the slope eases and the greenery of Oike Pond appears. The summit is just a while further now. Before the summit is a route that descends toward Oike Pond.

Unless you take a bus, the climb takes about three and a half hours from the trailhead at Gakurokuji Temple.

Highlights

Iriyamakobyo Cemetery
Iriyamakobyo Cemetery

The Japan's highest sea level tomb where the feudal lord is buried

Kiyohisa Nakagawa, the third feudal lord of the Oka domain (Iriyamako after retirement) is said to have loved Mt. Taisen, climbed the mountain often and prepared a gravesite with a view of the mountain. The stone steps and stone lanterns of the burial ground have been repaired, and the site is famous as the highest resting place of a feudal lord in Japan.

Oike Pond
Oike Pond

Oike Pond with brilliant autumn leaves

Oike Pond, a crater lake directly below the summit, is the only standing water inside the crater remnant of Mt. Taisen. Oike Pond is particularly beautiful in October, when it reflects the fall foliage in its surface. The surface is dyed red with the reflections of maples and Enkianthus perulatus.

Mt. Taisen
Mt. Taisen

Kyushu azalea reaching to the summit

Along the ridge that continues from the peak of Mt. Taisen to Danbaru and on to Kitataisen, the Kyushu azaleas form a pink carpet when the month of June arrives. The Kyushu azalea colonies that color the areas around the Yonekubo and Danbaru crater remnants are among the largest in the Kuju Mountain Range, and have even been designated Nature Monuments of Japan.

Course Map

Mt. Taisen Course

Course Time

Starting Point
1
Palclub (By Bus)
20 min.
7.5 km
2
Ikekubo Trailhead
40 min.
3.7 km
3
Iriyamakobyo Cemetery
70 min.
1.6 km
4
Oike Pond
10 min.
0.2 km
5
Mt. Taisen
10 min.
0.2 km
6
Oike Pond
50 min.
1.6 km
7
Iriyamakobyo Cemetery
35 min.
3.7 km
8
Ikekubo Trailhead (By Bus)
20 min.
7.5 km
9
Palclub
Terminus
*Course time and distance are estimates.