Mount Ibuki and N700 Series Shinkansen
|Elevation||1,377 m (4,518 ft)|
|Listing||100 Famous Japanese Mountains|
|Location||Ibigawa, Gifu Prefecture
Maibara, Shiga Prefecture
Mount Ibuki (伊吹山 Ibuki-yama?) is a 1,377 m (4,518 ft) high mountain, on the border of Maibara, Shiga Prefecture, and Ibigawa, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains, and is also included on the lists of the 100 Kinki Mountains the 50 Shiga Mountains. Mount Ibuki is the highest mountain in Shiga Prefecture.
Mount Ibuki is the highest peak in the Ibuki Mountains, which stretch from north to south along the border of Shiga Prefecture and Gifu Prefecture. Located at the southern end of the mountain chain with the Suzuka Mountains not to far to the south, a small plain at the foot of this mountain, Sekigahara, became one of the most important strategic points throughout Japanese history.
Mount Ibuki is well known for receiving the world's heaviest snowfall in recorded history. On February 14, 1927, the depth of snow at the top of the peak was 11.82 m (38.8 ft). According to governmental weather records, it is a world record. Since ancient times, Mount Ibuki has also been famous for its rich variety of wild plants and animals, as well as for its beautiful shape.
|Climate data for Mount Ibuki|
|Average high °C (°F)||−3.4
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−5.7
|Average low °C (°F)||−8.0
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||66.3||77.3||129.4||146.6||172.5||112.3||99.7||121.6||98.3||136.2||106.5||78.1||1,344.8|
|Source: NOAA (1961-1990) |
Mount Ibuki is one of the easiest mountains to climb. Normally, there are two ways to ascend the mountain. The easiest way is to use the Ibuki Driveway. From the parking lot it is only 10-minutes walk to the summit. There is a bus going from Sekigahara Station up to the parking lot in the summer months. The second method is to simply climb the mountain from its base. Many climbers climb from Ibuki-Tozanguchi bus stop, which is 10 minutes by bus from Omi-Nagaoka Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line. Up until 2011 there was a Gondola going to a ski resort ‘Sangome’ about halfway on the mountain slope. Both have been shut down since then and all the lifts removed.
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