Mt. Ibuki

Mt. Ibuki © Iry

About Mt. Ibuki

Mt. Ibuki rises from between the prefectural border of Shiga and Gifu Prefectures and the highest point stands at 1,377m.  It is counted as one of Japan’s 100 most famous mountains and from the mountaintop you can see Lake Biwa, the Japanese Alps, the mountains Hira and Hiei, Ise Bay and much more. Mt. Ibuki is mentioned frequently in the ancient Japanese books Nihon Shoki and the Kojiki, and it is said that the legendary prince Yamato-Takeru ascended the peak to conquer the wrathful god of the mountain (Kojin), but was cursed with a disease by the god and had to heal his body in a spring here.

Due to Ibuki’s unique properties and weather there are a number of notable native medicinal herbs have been collected from here ever since ancient times, and the mountain is also noted as a treasure trove of bird and insect species. The flowers on the mountain bloom from spring to autumn and the flower garden on the summit has been designated as a national natural monument. You can ascend to the summit by driving by using the "Ibuki Driveway". From the summit parking lot to the top of the mountains there are 3 different one-way paths, ranging in distance from 500m, 1km, and 1.5km. These 3 courses vary in difficulty and you should check in advance and bring sufficient equipment. If addition to car access there is also a 3h30m climbing course from the foot to the summit, and the climbing is considered to be easy enough that many climbers come with children, but be aware that there are large rocks on the path and these rocks can sometimes move under your feet so be careful while walking.

The summit’s temperature is about 10 degrees lower than the foot of the mountain so you should prepare adequate cold weather gear. The model course for the mountain is the Ueno Route where you can pay 300 yen for a climbing map at the entrance of the route. You can also present your "Mountain Climber’s Card" (登山者カード) here as well. The total distance to the summit is about 6km and it is always moving upwards, with the trail becoming significantly steeper as it approaches the summit. You will see a variety of alpine plants along the way to the summit in the rare subalpine zone. When you finally reach the summit you will be greeted with a fantastic 360-degree panorama of the surrounding area.

After you descend the mountain, there are a number of bathing facilities in the Ibuki foothills for you to rest your tired body. There are also summer camping and winter ski areas set up.


By public transit take the JR Tokaido Line’s Omi-Nagaoka Station (近江長岡駅) and from there get on a bus headed to the Ibuki Trailhead stop (伊吹登山口). From the stop you then walk 10 minutes there. If you are coming by car, the nearest interchanges are Sekigahara IC (関ヶ原IC) and Nagahama IC (長浜IC). In addition to paid parking in front of the mountain (at Sannomiya Shrine) there are other parking locations in the surrounding area. 

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Description: Mt. Ibuki

Sights Mt. Ibuki (伊吹山)
Address Ueno, Maibara, Shiga Prefecture
Phone / Fax Phone: 0749-58-2227 / Fax: 0749-58-1197
Duration 8Hour(s)
Admission Fee Pay admission: 300yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Mt. Ibuki