At a height of 1,955 meters, Mt. Tsurugi in Tokushima Prefecture is the second-highest mountain in western Japan. The most popular route up the mountain can be accessed via chairlift, making it suitable for both experienced hikers and beginners. Mt. Tsurugi is sacred, and locations used for ascetic practices can be seen during the ascent. Its peak is a flat ridgeline, providing excellent views of the forested valleys below. While in the area, be sure to explore the rest of the scenery, such as Oboke-Koboke Gorge and the Iya Valley. Enjoy some well-earned relaxation with a soak in a hot spring at Iya Onsen.
Duration 1day / 3.5hours
Highest Point 1,955m
Elevation Gain 241m
Horizontal Distance 6.6km
* Duration is an estimate and may vary depending on route and pace.
Reference: Round Trip Hike & Climb for Mt. Tsurugi via Bessan Ridge
From JR Tokushima Station, take the train for about an hour and 10 minutes to JR Anabuki Station. From there, take a local bus to Minokoshi.