If you spend any extended amount of time in Japan, you will soon hear about the ‘list‘ of 100 mountains to climb. Many articles have been written about the challenge of reaching all of these peaks, but I certainly have no interest in climbing all of them. Quickly looking through the ones listed, it seems I’ve made it to three of them to date.
If you get out of Sendai a short distance north or west there is no chance of missing some decent-sized mountain ranges. Izumigatake (or Mt. Izumi if you prefer) is by far the closest to my location, as it seems I can almost reach out the windows of my apartment and touch it, even though it’s base is about 10km away. The roads leading up the main ski area provide a healthy bike ride for anyone looking for some climbing, however not until last fall did I manage to actually hike up to the peak (1165m), beyond any pavement.
By no stretch is it a large mountain or even the biggest in the near surroundings, meaning I was not expecting to put in a significant effort on the hike. It almost took it out of me, though, just walking up from the base of the ski runs to the beginning of the trail. Luckily things got a little less steep the rest of the way and there were many spots conducive to a camera bag.
Below are twenty photos of Izumigatake:
It seemed to be a perfect day for paragliding, as there were quite a few of them scattered along the ski runs.
A short break at the peak. This trail above continues on northwest down into a valley and up to the peak of Kitaizumigadake (about 1225m, according to Google Maps).
Amazing view to the west on a very clear day.
Dropping off the side of the main trail was this stream, which was a good spot to take a break and put the Joby GorillaPod to use.