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
Native name飯縄山  (Japanese)
English translationmountain of edible sand
Mount Iizuna is located in Japan
Mount Iizuna
Mount Iizuna
Location in Japan
LocationNagano, Japan
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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