Mount Iizuna

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Mount Iizuna
Mount Iizuna
A view from Daizahoushi Pond on the way from Nagano City to Togakushi Village. Mount Reisenji on the right and Mount Menō on the left.
Highest point
Elevation1,917 m (6,289 ft)
Coordinates36°44′22″N 138°8′1″E / 36.73944°N 138.13361°E / 36.73944; 138.13361Coordinates: 36°44′22″N 138°8′1″E / 36.73944°N 138.13361°E / 36.73944; 138.13361
Naming
Native name飯縄山  (Japanese)
English translationmountain of edible sand
Geography
Mount Iizuna is located in Japan
Mount Iizuna
Mount Iizuna
Location in Japan
LocationNagano, Japan
Geology
Mountain typeStratovolcano

Mount Iizuna (飯縄山, Iizuna-yama), also known as Mount Izuna (飯綱山, Izuna-yama), is a mountain located ten kilometers north-northwest of the heart of Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Together with Mount Reisenji (霊仙寺山, Resenji-yama) 1875.0 m, Mount Menō (瑪瑙山, Menō-yama) 1748 m, and others, it forms the Iizuna range. It has an elevation of 1,917 metres. It is one of the "Five Mountains of Northern Shinshu" (北信五岳) that includes: Mount Myoko (妙高山), Mount Kurohime (黒姫山), Mount Togakushi (戸隠山) and Mount Madarao (斑尾山).

This mountain is a sacred site for mountain-based religious sects such as Shugendo, and said to be the home of a tengu named Saburō. According to legend, there was once a strange, edible sand somewhere on the mountain, which the tengu would distribute in times of poor harvest.

Relief Map of Iizuna Volcano

The mountain is also a popular area for skiing and is where the bobsleigh and luge track for the 1998 Winter Olympics is located.

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