Mount Rishiri

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Mount Rishiri
Mt Rishiri.jpg
Mount Rishiri seen from the Otadomari-numa viewpoint
Highest point
Elevation 1,721 m (5,646 ft) [1]
Prominence 1,721 m (5,646 ft) [1]
Listing Ultra
List of mountains and hills of Japan by height
List of the 100 famous mountains in Japan
List of volcanoes in Japan
Coordinates 45°10′48″N 141°14′21″E / 45.18000°N 141.23917°E / 45.18000; 141.23917Coordinates: 45°10′48″N 141°14′21″E / 45.18000°N 141.23917°E / 45.18000; 141.23917[1]
Mount Rishiri is located in Japan
Mount Rishiri
Mount Rishiri
Location Hokkaidō, Japan
Parent range Rishiri Island
Topo map Geographical Survey Institute 25000:1 鴛泊
25000:1 雄忠志内
Age of rock Late Pleistocene
Mountain type Stratovolcano
Volcanic arc/belt Sakhalin Island Arc
Last eruption 5830 BC ± 300 years
Easiest route Hike

Mount Rishiri (利尻山, Rishiri-zan) is a quaternary[2] stratovolcano located off the coast of Hokkaidō, Japan in the Sea of Japan. The extinct volcano rises out of the sea forming Rishiri Island. Because its cone shape resembles Mount Fuji it is sometimes referred to as Rishiri Fuji. It is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan.

Mount Rishiri's opening festival is held annually on July 2 and July 3. This festival officially opens the climbing season.[3]


Mount Rishiri is made up of alkali and non-alkali mafic volcanic rock dating from the Late Pleistocene, 130,000–18,000 years ago. Otherwise it is covered in quaternary volcanic rock debris.[2]

Climbing route[edit]

The ascent of Rishiri is not suitable for novice hikers, it is challenging in places. There is a campsite partway up the mountain from the dock, and an unmanned hut located a short distance below the summit. There is also a small shrine at the summit. On clear days the view extends to Hokkaidō, the adjacent island of Rebun, and as far as Sakhalin Island in Russia.

In popular culture[edit]

The package of Shiroi Koibito includes a picture of Mount Rishiri arranged in the centre.



  1. ^ a b c "Japan Ultra-Prominences". Retrieved 2015-01-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Seamless Digital Geological Map of Japan". The Geological Survey of Japan. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  3. ^ Hunt, Paul (1988). Hiking in Japan: An Adventurer's Guide to the Mountain Trails (First ed.). Tokyo: Kodansha International Ltd. p. 11. ISBN 0-87011-893-5. 

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