A view of Mt. Kabuto
|Elevation||309.2 m (1,014 ft)|
|Location||Nishinomiya, Hyōgo, Japan|
|Parent range||Rokko Mountains|
|Mountain type||A monadnock of an old volcano|
Mount Kabuto is a famous picnic spot in the Kansai metropolitan area. It is a monadnock of an extinct volcano that was estimated to have last erupted about 12,000,000 years ago. This mountain is in the Kabutoyama Forest Park.
The mountain is shaped like a helmet, 'kabuto' in Japanese. It has a long history as an object of worship by people around the mountain. Kanno-ji in the middle of the mountain is the place of worship of the mountain.
According to Japanese myth, it is understood that because Empress Jingū buried her helmet when she went to subjugate Silla, a dynasty in the Korean Peninsula, this mountain was named 'Kabutoyama', literally "helmet mountain."