11. Mount Chokai
location: on the border of Akita and Yamagata prefectures (there are 2 trailheads for hiking to the top in Honjo Yuri)
Chokai mountain is the second highest mountain in Tohoku, at 2236m, and faces The Japan Sea between Akita Prefecture and Yamagata Prefecture.
It is also known as “Dewa Fuji” from the old name for this area (Dewa) and because of its beautiful outline which resembles Mount Fuji.
It used to be the focus of local people’s worship and was regarded as a fierce god of fire. In fact, there is a lake called Choukaiko on the 7th station with many alpine plants around it. A local legend says that a dragon lives here!
Mount Chokai is also renowned for its mountain flora and it appears in the prefectural song of Akita, in which it is described as “graceful and peerless and unique”.
Mount Chokai is one of the most important of Akita’s many mountains and is mentioned in the school songs of elementary schools, junior high schools and high schools.
In September 2016 (Heisei 28), Mount Chokai was designated as a Geopark, together with the adjacent Tobishima island.
Interestingly, people from each area of Akita take pride in saying that their own view of Mount Chokai is the best.
keywords: nature, mountain, sightseeing
features: magnificent, glacier, mountain flora