Mt. Gassan (月山)
This volcano in the center of Yamagata prefecture is designated a special Area of Bandai-Asahi National Park. It’s a famous mountain in many ways, named to any number of lists of Japan’s best mountains and scenery. In addition, it’s the source of one of Japan’s famous spring waters, Gassansanroku Spring. The peak is home to Gassan-jinja Shrine, and is a frequent pilgrimage stop for climbers and tourists. There is a summer skiing course open from April to July, but in winter it’s closed as there is actually too much snow for safe skiing.
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
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- Route from this Station Route from this Bus Stop Route from this IC Route from this Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
Although often overlooked, Yamagata prefecture by no means lacks appeal: the Yamadera temple trail through the mountains, deliciously tender Yonezawa wagyu, and over 100 steaming hot springs, most notably Zao Onsen, await visitors. When winter comes, the snowcapped peaks become dotted with skiers by day and onsen-goers by night, while summer brings the celebration of juicy Yamagata cherries.