Mount Ibuki (伊吹山, Ibuki-yama) is a 1,377-metre-high (4,518 ft) mountain, on the border of Maibara, Shiga Prefecture, and Ibigawa, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains, and is also included on the lists of the 100 Kinki Mountains and the 50 Shiga Mountains. Mount Ibuki is the highest mountain in Shiga Prefecture.

Mount Ibuki
伊吹山
Mount Ibuki and N700 Series Shinkansen.jpg
Mount Ibuki and N700 Series Shinkansen
Highest point
Elevation1,377 m (4,518 ft)
Listing100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Coordinates35°25′04″N 136°24′22″E / 35.41778°N 136.40611°E / 35.41778; 136.40611Coordinates: 35°25′04″N 136°24′22″E / 35.41778°N 136.40611°E / 35.41778; 136.40611
Naming
Language of nameJapanese
Geography
Mount Ibuki is located in Japan
Mount Ibuki
Mount Ibuki
Location of Mount Ibuki in Japan
LocationIbigawa, Gifu Prefecture
Maibara, Shiga Prefecture
Japan
Geology
Mountain typeLimestone

OutlineEdit

Mount Ibuki is the highest peak in the Ibuki Mountains, which stretch from north to south along the border of Shiga Prefecture and Gifu Prefecture. Located at the southern end of the mountain chain with the Suzuka Mountains not too far to the south, a small plain at the foot of this mountain, Sekigahara, became one of the most important strategic points throughout Japanese history.

NatureEdit

Since ancient times, Mount Ibuki has also been known for its rich variety of wild plants and animals, as well as for its beautiful shape.

ClimateEdit

Mount Ibuki has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) with mild summers and cold winters. On February 14 1927, 230 centimetres (90.6 in) of snow fell on Mount Ibuki, [1] which is one of the highest 24 hour totals on record.

Climate data for Mount Ibuki (1961−1990 normals, extremes 1919−2001)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 9.9
(49.8)
10.8
(51.4)
14.6
(58.3)
22.1
(71.8)
23.5
(74.3)
25.4
(77.7)
27.6
(81.7)
29.2
(84.6)
28.8
(83.8)
21.4
(70.5)
18.3
(64.9)
13.8
(56.8)
29.2
(84.6)
Average high °C (°F) −3.4
(25.9)
−2.9
(26.8)
0.6
(33.1)
8.3
(46.9)
13.2
(55.8)
16.2
(61.2)
19.8
(67.6)
20.9
(69.6)
17.1
(62.8)
11.9
(53.4)
6.2
(43.2)
−0.3
(31.5)
9.0
(48.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) −5.7
(21.7)
−5.4
(22.3)
−2.4
(27.7)
4.6
(40.3)
9.5
(49.1)
13.3
(55.9)
17.2
(63.0)
18.0
(64.4)
14.3
(57.7)
8.5
(47.3)
3.1
(37.6)
−2.6
(27.3)
6.0
(42.9)
Average low °C (°F) −8.0
(17.6)
−7.9
(17.8)
−5.3
(22.5)
1.3
(34.3)
6.2
(43.2)
10.8
(51.4)
15.0
(59.0)
15.9
(60.6)
12.1
(53.8)
5.9
(42.6)
0.4
(32.7)
−4.9
(23.2)
3.5
(38.2)
Record low °C (°F) −16.3
(2.7)
−16.5
(2.3)
−15.9
(3.4)
−10.0
(14.0)
−5.6
(21.9)
0.3
(32.5)
6.5
(43.7)
7.6
(45.7)
3.2
(37.8)
−3.6
(25.5)
−9.9
(14.2)
−14.7
(5.5)
−16.5
(2.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 141.1
(5.56)
169.2
(6.66)
292.1
(11.50)
331.2
(13.04)
212.9
(8.38)
246.8
(9.72)
138.6
(5.46)
86.0
(3.39)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 431
(170)
493
(194)
469
(185)
338
(133)
62
(24)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
trace 21
(8.3)
132
(52)
1,946
(766.3)
Average relative humidity (%) 90 88 84 80 80 89 94 93 91 83 85 89 87
Mean monthly sunshine hours 66.3 77.3 129.4 146.6 172.5 112.3 99.7 121.6 98.3 136.2 106.5 78.1 1,344.8
Source 1: NOAA (1961-1990)[2]
Source 2: JMA[3]

RouteEdit

There are two ways to ascend Mount Ibuki. The easiest way is to use the Ibuki Driveway. The summit is a 10-minute walk from the parking lot. There is also a bus going from Sekigahara Station up to the parking lot in the summer months. The alternative method is to simply climb the mountain from its base. Many climbers climb from the Ibuki-Tozanguchi bus stop, which is 10 minutes by bus from Omi-Nagaoka Station on the Tōkaidō Main Line. Until 2011 there was a gondola going to the ski resort Sangome about halfway on the mountain slope. Both have been shut down since then and all the lifts have been removed.

AccessEdit

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weather Records of Mt. Ibuki". Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved 2010-03-03. (in Japanese)
  2. ^ "Ibukiyama Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  3. ^ 観測史上1~10位の値(年間を通じての値). JMA. Retrieved February 26, 2022.

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