Mount Hōō

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Mount Hōō
Mt.Ho-osan from Okambazawa 04.jpg
Mount Hōō as seen from Ōkambazawa
Highest point
Elevation2,840 m (9,320 ft)
ListingList of mountains and hills of Japan by height
100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Coordinates35°42′06″N 138°18′16″E / 35.70167°N 138.30444°E / 35.70167; 138.30444Coordinates: 35°42′06″N 138°18′16″E / 35.70167°N 138.30444°E / 35.70167; 138.30444
Parent rangeAkaishi Mountains
Mountain typeGranite

Mount Hōō (鳳凰山, Hōō-san) is located in the western portion of Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Because the mountain has three peaks, it is also called Hōō Sanzan (鳳凰三山). It is in Minami Alps National Park[1] and is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains.


Mount Hōō has three peaks:

Image Mountain Elevation Triangulation
Jizougatake South Alps.jpg Jizō-dake
2,764 m (9,068 ft) The rock of the huge Granite
in the top is called Obelisk.

Mountain hut Hōō
in the east
Kannondake from Jizodake.jpg Kannon-dake
2,840 m (9,318 ft) (stopped)[2] the highest point
Yakushidake and hut from sunabaraidake 2003 6 21.jpg Yakushi-dake
2,780 m (9,121 ft) .
Mountain hut Yakushi-dake
in the south

Mount Hōō is separated from most of the other mountains in the Akaishi range, giving a wider view of the surrounding mountains. Also, most mountains in the range have a reddish-brown color ("Akaishi" means "red stone" in Japanese), but Mount Hōō and Mount Kaikoma are the two exceptions, as they are granite mountains.


Metal ore was found in the mountain during the Sengoku period and, by the Edo period, the mountain was exploited for its metals and forest products.

  • In 1904, Walter Weston became the first to climb the obelisk on top of Jizōdake.[3]
  • On June 1, 1964, this area was specified to the Minami Alps National Park.[1]
  • In 1990, Sumie Tanaka (田中澄江 Tanaka Sumie) completed New Flowers of the 100 Mountains, which featured many of the alpine plants on Mount Hōō.[4]


Nearby mountains[edit]

Mount Hōō is on the subridge (from Mount Komatsu) of the main ridge line in the northern part of the Akaishi Mountains.

Image Mountain Elevation Distance
from the Top
Senjogatake from Kitadake 2001-10-3.jpg Mt. Senjō
3,033 m (9,951 ft) 11.1 km (6.9 mi) 100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Mount Kaikomagatake from Jizodake 2010-10-15.jpg Mt. Kaikoma
2,967 m (9,734 ft) 8.7 km (5 mi) 100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Asayomine from senjyogatake 2009 10 25.jpg Mt. Asayo
2,799 m (9,183 ft) 6.6 km (4.1 mi)
Mount Kita from Mount Nakashirane 2001-10-03.JPG Mt. Kita
3,193 m (10,476 ft) 6.7 km (4.2 mi) Tallest of the Akaishi Mountains
100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Mt fuji(R469 Yuno).jpg Mt. Fuji
3,776 m (12,388 ft) 56.4 km (35.0 mi) Tallest mountain in Japan
100 Famous Japanese Mountains


The mountain is the source of the following rivers, each of which flows to the Pacific Ocean.



  1. ^ a b "Minami Alps National Park". Ministry of the Environment (Japan). Archived from the original on 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  2. ^ Triangulation station(rank 2) was stopped."Inspection service of the information". Geospatial Information Authority of Japan. Archived from the original on 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
  3. ^ The Playground of the Far East in 1918 by Walter Weston , translated into Japanese Visit to Japanese Alps again (日本アルプス再訪),Heibonsha Library, in 1996 new edition, ISBN 4-582-76161-5, Pg. 454
  4. ^ New Flowers of the 100 Mountains(新・花の百名山), Bunsyunbunko, in 1995 by Sumie Tanaka, ISBN 4-16-731304-9

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