Mt. Iwabitsu-yama is a mountain of rock 802 meters in elevation with a 200-meter cliff of jagged rocks on its southern face.
The view from its peak is superb, bringing many hikers during the new greenery and fall colors seasons.
- Haramachi, Higashiagatsuma-machi, Agatsuma-gun, Gunma
- Mapcode: 295 500 509*64
- ・ About 40 minutes on foot to the nearest trailhead from Gumma-Haramachi Station on the JR Agatsuma Line
・ About 25 minutes on foot to the nearest trailhead from Gobara Station on the JR Agatsuma Line
・ About 45 minutes by car to the Hirasawa trailhead parking lot from the Kan-Etsu Expressway Shibukawa-Ikaho IC
- ▼Hiking routes:
- Stream Route: (40 minutes from the trailhead near Gumma-Haramachi Station) This route takes you up a waterless stream covered in large rocks. The route has chains and ladders but is great for inexperienced hikers.
- Ridge Route: (50 minutes from the trailhead near Gumma-Haramachi Station) This route takes you up to the Iwabitsu Castle ruins halfway up the mountain and then continues on the ridge to meet up with the Stream Route.
- Mitsuiwa Route: (50 minutes from the trailhead near Gobara Station) This route takes you to cultural heritage sites like Iwabitsu Temple and Takanosu Iwakage Iseki (an ancient burial site), as well as Iwabitsuyama’s thrilling Tengu no Kakehashi. For experienced hikers.
- Akaiwa Route: (40 minutes from the trailhead near Gobara Station) This route starts from Senryu-in Temple and passes through the Gobara Castle ruins to meet up with the Ridge Route and the Stream Route.
Note: Please refrain from hiking during the winter season, as it involves serious risk.
- Final day of update: April 3, 2020