The altitude: 1,984m
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Mt.Gassan is the main mountain of Dewasanzan, the 3 sacred mountains of Yamagata. As the mountain of Shugendo, it was highly respected by many people. There are many hiking trails on this mountains and all of them has a great access. It takes about 3 hours of climing, and some course have rough route, and some of them are very easy for beginners.
It is an active volcano which located in the middle of Yamagata prefecture. There fore it has a great view of all Yamagata. Gassan has snow all though the year.
There is a shrine on the top of the mountain. To visit the top of the mountain, you have to join the official worship at the shrine.
Enshrines: Tsukuyomi no Mikoto (The god of the moon)
Established in: 593.
Gassan Shrine is one of the top class shrine in Tohoku Region. It was established in the time of the Emperor Suiko. It was used to be combined with Buddhism and popular for Shugendo.
There is a ski resort that open during spring to summer. On the top of the mountain, there is a hotel for people to stay for great sunrise. There are many Onsen around this mountain, too.