Mount Rishiri

Mount Rishiri (利尻山, Rishiri-zan) is a Quaternary[2] stratovolcano located off the coast of Hokkaidō, Japan in the Sea of Japan. It rises out of the Sea of Japan forming Rishiri Island. Because its cone shape resembles Mount Fuji it is sometimes referred to as Rishiri Fuji. It is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan.

Mount Rishiri
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Mount Rishiri seen from the Otadomari-numa viewpoint
Highest point
Elevation1,721 m (5,646 ft)[1]
Prominence1,721 m (5,646 ft)[1]
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Coordinates45°10′48″N 141°14′21″E / 45.18000°N 141.23917°E / 45.18000; 141.23917Coordinates: 45°10′48″N 141°14′21″E / 45.18000°N 141.23917°E / 45.18000; 141.23917[1]
Native name利尻山  (Japanese)
Mount Rishiri is located in Japan
Mount Rishiri
Mount Rishiri
LocationHokkaidō, Japan
Parent rangeRishiri Island
Topo mapGeographical Survey Institute 25000:1 鴛泊
25000:1 雄忠志内
Age of rockLate Pleistocene
Mountain typeStratovolcano
Volcanic arc/beltSakhalin Island Arc
Last eruption5830 BC ± 300 years
Easiest routeHike

Mount Rishiri's opening festival is held annually on July 2 and July 3. This festival officially opens the climbing season.[3]


Mount Rishiri is made up of alkali and non-alkali mafic volcanic rock dating from the Late Pleistocene, 130,000–18,000 years ago. Otherwise it is covered in Quaternary volcanic rock debris.[2]

Climbing routeEdit

The ascent of Rishiri is not suitable for novice hikers, because it is challenging in places. There is a campsite partway up the mountain from the dock, and an unmanned hut located a short distance below the summit. There is also a small shrine at the summit. On clear days the view extends to Hokkaidō, the adjacent island of Rebun, and as far as Sakhalin Island in Russia.

In popular cultureEdit

The package of Shiroi Koibito includes a picture of Mount Rishiri arranged in the centre.



  1. ^ a b c "Japan Ultra-Prominences". Retrieved 2015-01-02.
  2. ^ a b "Seamless Digital Geological Map of Japan". The Geological Survey of Japan. National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 2008-07-16.
  3. ^ Hunt, Paul (1988). Hiking in Japan: An Adventurer's Guide to the Mountain Trails (First ed.). Tokyo: Kodansha International Ltd. p. 11. ISBN 0-87011-893-5.

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