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At the beginning of October, on Central(Chuo) trail from an altitude of 1,500 meters (5,335 feet).

Mt. Kurikoma is a volcano on the prefectural borders of Akita, Iwate and Miyagi Prefecture, located almost in the center of the Tohoku region. It is 1,626 meters(5,335 feet) high with graduval slopes, and is also a symbol of the region.

It is famous for a lot of mountain plants and amazing fall foliage. It is one of “Japan’s 100 most famous flower mountains, Hana no Hyakumeizan”.

The ascent only takes 90 minutes from the starting point to the summit. It is easy for beginners, children, and families. So it is a popular destination in the Tohoku region.

In spring, about 150 kinds of alpine flowers grow in colonies, which create wonderful flower fields. Intact nature remains in the mountain such as the primary forest of beech trees, wetlands, gorges, waterfalls, spring water and snow patches. A lot of tourists come to see and enjoy the fresh greenery and flowers in spring.

In summer, a lot of hikers come to enjoy hiking. The mountain has great views. From the mountain top, you can see a panoramic view of Mt. Gassan, Mt. Chokaisan, the Zao Mountains, Mt. Hayachine, famous mountains in Tohoku and even as far as the Pacific Ocean. A variety of wild birds and animals inhabit the mountain. It is a part of the Kurikoma Quasi-National Park. It is designated as the Ecological Conservation Area to protect natural forests. And you can see a wonderful starry sky at night.

In fall, we can see colorful fall foliage in the mountain. Leaves start changing colors in the middle of September. And the whole mountain is covered with red and orange rowan trees and yellow Erman’s birch trees in October. It is awesome. It is one of the best spots to enjoy fall foliage in Japanese mountains. Some say it is the most beautiful in the world.

In winter, the mountain is covered with much snow. But you can enjoy backcountry skiing and snowboarding.

There are some great onsen around the mountain. And hot spring bathing can be enjoyed all through the year.

As you can see, Mt, Kurikoma is beautiful all year long, and can be enjoyed in many ways. So, it is loved by many people.

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Miyamakinbai at Mt. Higashi kurikoma in May
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on Mt. East Kurikoma Trail (Higashi Kurikoma)
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at Tenboganto on Tenmaone trail
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at Tenboganto on Tenmaone trail
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Mt. Chokai over Tenmaone on Tenmaone trail
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Ryusengahara(high moor) is off limits now
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雛桜(ヒナザクラ、サクラソウ科)
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岩鏡(イワカガミ、イワウメ科)
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更紗灯台(サラサドウダン、ツツジ科)
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立山竜胆(タテヤマリンドウ、リンドウ科)
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岩银杏(学名睡菜,龙胆科)
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禅庭花(ゼンテイカ、キスゲ亜科)
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Lake Sukawa-ko and the Yokote basin
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south face at the summit
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山頂近くの天狗岩より天馬尾根(西)方向
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山頂近くの天狗岩より天馬尾根(西)方向
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東栗駒山より栗駒山山頂(東栗駒山登山道)
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東栗駒山山頂より東斜面(東栗駒山登山道)
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中央・東栗駒分岐より東栗駒稜線(中央登山道)
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登山者(中央登山道)
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しろがね草原(天馬尾根登山道)
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展望岩頭より龍泉ヶ原(天馬尾根登山道)
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名残ヶ原(須川登山道)
山頂直下、焼石連峰や早池峰などの展望台
山頂直下、焼石連峰や早池峰などの展望台