Mount Chokai

Mt. Chokai is a large scale stratovolcano standing 2,236 meters high along the border of Akita and Yamagata prefectures. It is the highest individual peak in the Tohoku District of Japan. Its majestic figure and repeated volcanic activities coupled with unstable situations occurring in the area from time to time, made it a subject of worship as “Ohmonoimi-no-Kami” (the Shinto god residing in Mt. Chokai) after the god’s religious position was raised a number of times.
Drastic weather changes result in impressive four seasons with distinct colors. Accumulated snow would become an abundance of swamp water. It spreads over the expansive foot of the mountain making valleys and it waters field paddies for growth of rice.
Mt. Chokai is a treasure house of valuable alpine plants grown in the bitter environment with changing weather conditions. If you count them, reportedly you will find 200 kinds, such as “Chokai-fusuma” (Caryophyllaceae) and “Chokai-azami” (thistle), unique to Mt. Chokai. In Yurihonjo City, there are three starting points to climb Mt. Chokai, namely, Yashima, Sarukura and Momoyake, and each one has its own characteristics.
Mt. Chokai, with its graceful figure, has been always closely connected with everyday life of the local people. It is a symbol and gives them emotional support. It’s been called “Dewa Fuji” or Mt. Fuji of Dewa and the surrounding area has been designated as a National Park.


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