Gassan's wild flowers

Gassan no kōzan shokubutsugun

月山の高山植物群

Description:

Discover the dozens of flower species endemic to Mt. Gassan. Most of them pop up during the spring season, but some of them appear later than the majority, making Mt. Gassan an exciting mountain to climb in all seasons. Click on the photos in the gallery to see the name of the flowers you can expect to see in Mt. Gassan.

Warning: Mt. Gassan is part of the National Park of Bandai Asahi, and its environment is protected by the Japanese government. It is strictly forbidden to collect or damage plants on-site, spread or plant seeds, cuttings, or anything else belonging to other plants on site. Also, please use the shoe-scrubbing mats at the start of the climb to rub your shoes off any plant residues before climbing Mt. Gassan.

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Practical Information:

To go to Mt. Gassan, get on the bus bound for Haguro-Gassan (bus timetable) and get off at Gassan Hachigome 月山八合目. Walk 3 hours up to the top of the mountain.

Mt. Gassan's official climbing season starts on July 1st and ends on September 15th (exceptionally shorter in 2021 due to coronavirus). The mountain is still hikeable until Early October, but we highly recommend not climbing the mountain later than this period due to dangers related to snow.

Around there:

Gassan Shrine

The ultimate goal of Mt. Gassan's hiking experience.

Midahara Shrine

A shrine for couple bonding, happy marriages and plentiful harvests.

Hiking trails:

Hike from Mt. Gassan to Mt. Yudono

Hike from Mt. Gassan to Mt. Yudono

Walk the pilgrimage route to Mt. Yudono from Mt. Gassan.

Hike to the top of Mt. Gassan

Hike to the top of Mt. Gassan

Also called "The Realm of the Dead", or "The Mountain of the Past", Mt. Gassan is the most important step in the Dewa Sanzan's yamabushi training.

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