Mt. Ibuki | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

Maibara Station 

[Mt. Ibuki]

A treasure trove of medicinal herbs and subalpine plants and animals

Mt. Ibuki, the tallest mountain in Shiga Prefecture rising approx. 1,377 meters above sea level, is counted among the One Hundred Mountains of Japan. From the summit, you can overlook the panoramic scenery of Lake Biwa, the Hiei mountains, and Ise Bay. In "Nihon Shoki", also known in English as "The Chronicle of Japan", there is a line that tells an ancient tale: Once upon a time, the legendary prince Yamato Takeru no Mikoto challenged the god of Mt. Ibuki and was defeated. Because of this folk legend, the mountain has been worshiped as a divine mountain, the seat of a god. From ancient times, the mountain has also been renowned as a treasure trove of medicinal herbs, and there are a number of plants named after Ibuki. In the summer, buses take visitors up to the 9th stage of the mountain through Ibukiyama Driveway, and the mountain is filled with hikers.
Address Ueno, Maibara City, Shiga
Phone Maibara City Division of Commerce, Industry and Tourism
+81-749-58-2227 (Japanese only)
Admission fee Donations upon entering Mt. Ibuki (per person) 300 yen
Access ● To take a direct bus through the driveway:
・Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Maibara Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 20 minutes and alight at "Sekigahara Station". Take the Meitetsu Bus Ogaki Ibukiyama Line for approx. 50 minutes and alight at "Mt. Ibuki".
・Take the Ibukiyama Tozan Bus (Kokoku Bus) from "Maibara Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 80 minutes and alight at "Ibukiyama Sky Terrace Chushajo".
* Direct buses (Meitetsu Bus and Ibukiyama Tozan Bus) are operated only in the summer. Please check the website for each bus company for details.

● To hike the mountain from the starting point of the trail at the foot:
・Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Maibara Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 8 minutes and alight at "Omi Nagaoka Station". Take the Kokoku Bus Nagaoka Tozanguchi Line for approx. 15 minutes and alight at "Ibukiyama Tozanguchi".
URL Maibara City
http://www.city.maibara.lg.jp/kanko/guide/spot/6120.html

updated on Sep 30, 2018

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