above sea level ) climbed on 17th April, 2005 (Sunday)
Mt.Tsurugi location : Tokushima Prefecture
,Tsurugi Mountainous District
The second-highest mountain in West-side of
Tour members Mr.park
& constructing team of "Pos Eternity"
Received e-mail from Mr.Okuda Biz.sec. of Tsuneishi Shipyard,Tadotsu one
week ago and asked to join thier hiking tour with
superintendent engineer Mr.Park. Why not !
The tour (Mr.Park,Mr.Tanaka, Mr.Okuda,Mr.Sugita,Mr.Mori & myself total
6 male no female) started 0800h on 17th April,2005
from Tadotsu Dockhouse for Mt.Tsurugi via Santo-Tunnel/Sadamitsu/Route438
Tsurugi "Easy" Climbing lift
enjoyable nice view sit on the lift
Available Lift from Minokoshi station to nishijima station, it takes about
15 minutes, 830m distance, lift up from 1,420m to
1,750m above sea level (saving hight abt 330m ) Therefore this mountain
is always clouded by aged persons and children.
Mt.Marusasa and Skeleton tree
Soon after start climbing from Nishijima lift station, we can see so beautifull scenery in back side. Mr.Marusasa (Sasa
means bamboo grass ) Sky is shining in blue and feel so fresh breeze
with Mt.Marusasa for background
remained some snow at nothern slope Kid refused
to move anymore
We looked over the top and found some snow at north side slope ,also on
the route. About 20 minutes walk, we reached
"Katana-Kake pine tree" ( Tradition says that Emperor "Antoku"
put his sword beside of pine tree as sword rack )
lovely small girl fretted near-by and her parents were greatly perplexed.
on the Climbing Route
Ladies climber seems powerful & bright Walked
up about half distance !
Snow path Here we are almost top of the
From upper lift station to the summit, it takes only 40 - 50 minutes. Some snow remained on the way but no problem
for walk at all. Conversely we feel so hot. Ladies climber group overtaking, they are so powerful and bright.
view stage of Tsurugi Summit Lodge Last passege to top of
Mt.Tsurugi Wooden step Summit wooden board
In order to protect bamboo grass (Miyama Kumazasa) and various flowers
from thousands of visitors,Wooden
passage were fitted over the top of Mt.Tsurugi. In old time, the remnants
of defeated troops "Heike warriors" m
ade horse training at this wide and gently-sloping area.
We proceeded to the west edge of this summit, splendid landscape was came out ! The remaining snow made several
fantastic line on thr plait of dignified shape. It's name Mt Jirohgyu (1,929m )
Mr.Sugita(back) Mr.park Mr.Okuda
Background = Jirohgyu (west side of
Tsurugi mountain )
HP friend Mr.S.M. good smile Met Korean family at
Summit hill was crowded by the visitors/climbers.We took rest and lunch
at the west end of Mt.Tsurugi. So, one old
mountain climber appeared with rubber boots style and with nice smile.
After talk with the maountains of Shikoku,we
found as acquainted HP owner each other. Mr.park also found Korean
family at the summit of Mt.Tsurugi
Western side of Tsurugi traverse route
Oh ! Deerskin cushion I am mountain climbing
After enjoy conversation with Mr.S.M., Korean family, Mountain climber, child, dog ,Mountain god, We left the top and
proceeded to western path (Just Mt.Jirohgyu direction ) Down slope of west
side, there are so much limestones which
make so nice view and we feel most beautiful landscape at Mt.Tsurugi
Mr.park and Mr.Okuda Big skeleton tree in down
Linestone , Skeleton tree,
and background Mt.Sanrei
We walk down carefully because west side path is steep slope and so much stones.
we sometime stop and look over
the fantastic landscape Mt.Jirohgyu and crest line of the mountain up to Mt.Sanrei. Also we enjoyed collour combination
of Lime stones =White, Sky =Blue, Banboo grass =yellow ,Tree= green
just like a Japanese garden carefully walk
Remaining snow in April
most beautiful landscape of Mt.Tsurugi
Crossroad to "Ohtsurugi Iwa"(return path) and
It takes abt 20 minuts between top of Mt.Tsurugi and crosspoint. I want
to walk till Mt.Jirohgyu but Mr.Mori looks little
bit tired also we have to visit Hot Spring on the way back to the
shipyard. So we turn to right and bound for "Ohtsurugi-Shrine"
direction. The passege is narrow but religious atmosphere pervaded this area.
Good-bye Mt.Jirohgyu West
Big Sword Rock
Iwa Object of Worship
Ohtsurugi-Iwa background Mt.Marusasa
On the way to "Nishijima Lift Station" we can see so big Linestone piller on the mountain side. So called "Ohtsurugi-Iwa"
which is a Object of Worship for Ohtsurugi Shrine. At the valley side,
there are many Mayumi Tree and it is so beautifull
at the season of pink colour ripen. We enjoyed snow again at the north side
path and landscape of Mt.Tohnomaru.
North slope remaining snow Mt.Tohnomaru (1,713m)
(Carp Streamer ) Clean River
After down to the Minokoshi lift station, we took same route back to Tadotsu.
On the way back,we stopped and
look many "Carp Streamer"(Koinobori) on the river. According to Mr.Park there is no Carp Streamer in Korea.
Thenafter we visit Mikado Hot Spring and wash out sweat and fatigue.
We are all satisfied with climbing of Mt.Tsurugi and nature of
Tokushima Mountainous District
Tsuneishi Shipyard Tanaka san,Okuda san,Sugita
san,Mori san & Mr.Park, thanks lot