At 1,982 meters, Mt. Ishizuchi is the highest mountain on the island of Shikoku, and in western Japan as a whole. This sacred peak in Ehime Prefecture is a location for the practice of mountain worship, and chains used for ascetic practices can still be seen on its challenging Tsuchikoya Route. The Omotesando Route, which utilizes a ropeway and lift, is recommended for beginners. There are shrines dotted around the mountain, and the summit offers unparalleled views of the Seto Inland Sea. After hiking head to Ehime's capital, Matsuyama, and relax with a soak at the historic Dogo Onsen.
Duration 1day / 6hours
Highest Point 1982m
Elevation Gain 698m
Horizontal Distance 12.2km
* Duration is an estimate and may vary depending on route and pace.
Reference: Round Trip starting from the Joju (Johju) Ropeway Station
From JR Matsuyama Station, take the Limited Express train for about an hour to JR Iyo-Saijo Station. From there, it takes about an hour by bus to the Ishizuchi Ropeway.