For those who are thinking,
「I want to enjoy an outdoor activity!」
「I love mountain climbing!」
「What kind of mountain is Mt. Ibuki?」
then this article is for you!
Hello! WABI SABI here, to give foreign visitors the information you need in order to further enjoy Japan!
What we, the information brokers of Japan, would like to introduce to you in this article is a mountain located in Shiga prefecture, Mt. Ibuki!
Now let’s look right into Mt. Ibuki, which is a known Shiga prefecture scenic spot with its nature and how you can see the Biwako Lake!
【Firstly】What Kind Of Mountain Is Mt. Ibuki？
Mt. Ibuki is located in-between Maibara, Shiga prefecture, Ibi district, Gifu prefecture, and the Fuwa district, Sekigahara.
The altitude is 1,377m at the main peak and it is popular as a mountain climbing course.
With that said, it will take you at least 20 minutes to climb to the top, so beginners can enjoy their climb without difficulty.
This 20 minute course consists of a car ride to the sky terrace, then a walk to the top.
The mountain road has been worked on and there are guides everywhere so it should be a leisure climb.
The Way To Access It Varies As Well!
Concerning the access method, the entrance to the driveway is about 2km from Meishin Expressway Sekigahara IC, and the journey takes about 10 minutes.
You can go with not only a car, but with a motorbike, a scheduled bus, a rent-a-car, and a taxi.
With trains, you can take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station, and head for Ogaki Station from Nagoya Station.
You can also take a scheduled bus or drive a rent-a-car leisurely to the driveway of Mt. Ibuki.
From Shin Osaka Station, take the JR Tokaido Shinkansen to Maibara Station, then head to Sekigahara Station on the JR Tokaido Main Line or rent a rent-a-car and drive there.
The Kanezawa district is the same in that, you head to Maibara Station on the JR Hokuriku Line, then go along the JR Tokaido Main Line or rent a car.
In this way, there are various ways to get to Mt. Ibuki without any problems.
The Collab Between The Nature And Biwako Lake!
The charm point of Mt. Ibuki is definitely the view of the Biwako Lake below which is absolutely stunning!
As there is a cliff below you, take caution in not being too bewitched by the view, though you may want to unconsciously take a picture of it.
As the alpine plants blossom according to the seasons, those who love flowers are sure to be charmed as well.
Specifically speaking, you can see the Himerenge, Kusatachibana, Ibukishimotsuke, Kanokosou, and the Azami flowers.
The Himerenge blossoms in June, while the Kusatachibana and the Ibukishimotsuke blossoms as early as May.
We also recommend here to those who love bugs as butterflies and the such roam the area.
The flowers can be enjoyed during the time from August to September as well. We also recommend the time after the rainy season.
Aimed Towards Those Who Enjoy Mountain Climbing
If you want to take your time and enjoy mountain climbing,then we recommend going from the climbing entrance to the top, or a.k.a. the Ueno course.
The highlight of the climb would definitely be the alpine plants and you can experience a fulfilling climb for about 6 hours and 30 minutes.
The course is 9.7km long and about 1164m in height, so it should be a nice course to climb.
It takes 100 minutes from the entrance to the 3rd station, 130 minutes to the top, and 150 minutes going down.
The starting point is marked by the Sannomiya shrine. There a conveniently installed clean bathroom near the shrine as well.
You need 300 yen in order to climb, so be sure not to forget!
There will be a but of a forest, but if you get passed it, you will find a guest house that also has a bathroom.
The number of tall trees have been dwindling, but due to this, you will be able to enjoy the admirable sight of Mt. Ibuki and the changing scenery when heading to the top of it.
At the top of Mt. Ibuki is a statue of Yamato Takeru, so if you see this then you are very close to the top.
6 and a half hours of mountain climbing is hard, so if you aren’t confident in your stamina then there is also the Joheiji course that is about 4 and a half hours long.
Its characteristic is that you can get to the top in around 160 minutes, starting from the Kyogokushiseki.
The scenery in this course also starts off in a forest, but when you get past the hard part, all that is left is to get to where this course and the Ueno course come together.
You can not only enjoy the alpine plants but also history as you will see the Joheiji castle ruins and the ruins of Honmaru.
For Beginners & Those Who Want To Leisurely Go To The Top
You may still have some worries if you aren’t accustomed to mountain climbing or do little exercise.
The course that takes at least 20 minutes, compresses all of the charm and highlights of Mt. Ibuki for you to experience. We recommend this course to tourists!
The curvy mountain road to the sky terrace is about 30 minutes by car.
When you see Biwako Lake far off in the distance you will be close to the west mountain climbing trail.
The west mountain climbing road is about 40 minutes, but we recommend it for those who want to observe the alpine plants.
The estimated 20 minute mountain trail is the central mountain trail that is a bit steep, but stairs have been installed so it shouldn’t be a problem.
When you get to the top, there are coffee, ice cream, and light food items at the resting area if you are hungry. They even have souvenirs at the sky terrace.
On the way back, you can enjoy the beautiful silhouette of Mt. Ibuki which should complete the full experience for you.
There are a variety of access methods so be sure to look up any that suit your needs.
This mountain is full of charm that veteran mountain climbers and beginners or tourists can enjoy!
Useful Information For Traveling In Shiga
In this part, we have listed articles that we recommend when travelling in Shiga prefecture.
Please, go ahead and use this as you reference!