Mount Ibuki is the mountain on
the border between Gifu Prefecture and Shiga Prefecture.
The height is 1,377 meters, and the top is on the Shiga side.
Along the south foot, Tokaido Shinkansen and Meishin Expressway run,
and this area is the important traffic route connecting Tokai District
and Kansai District.
We can see the mountain from a Shinkansen window between Gifu-Hashima and Maibara stations.
This mountain was an undersea volcano tens of million years ago.
The coral reefs of the period made the good-quality limestone. So a large amount of limestone has been quarried and we can see the distinct quarried land on the west mountainside.
This mountain is known for the field of various wild flowers including
some alpine plants.
We can see them on almost every mountainside.
Most visitors climb to the top by route bus or car through a toll road
The total length is about 17 km, and the entrance is at the southeaste foot of the mountain.
The end of the road is on the 9th station (1,266 meters high), and three walking trails to the top are set up.
Run on Meishin Expressway, and
exit at Sekigahara Exit.
Then run about 3 km and enter the Ibukiyama Driveway.
Photo by Gifu Prefecture Tourist Federation