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Ibukiyama Driveway is a toll road that leads to the summit of Mt. Ibuki. Also see my Mt. Ibuki summit pictures.
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View from Ibukiyama Driveway
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The driveway is open only during non-winter months.
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1000-meter elevation mark and Mt. Ibuki haiku poem by Basho, on Ibukiyama Driveway.
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Mt. Ibuki as seen from Lake Biwa. More photos of Mt. Ibuki here.Digitally altered image.
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Asahi is the name of the village, and Honen means rich harvest.
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Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers and Mt. Ibuki in Maibara, Shiga.
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Mt. Ibuki as seen from Torahime in winter.
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View of Mt. Ibuki as we leave Nagahama Port. Map for Nagahama Port
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Mt. Ibuki from Lake Biwa
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Green Park Santo: Spark Santo. Large indoor space. Venue for the annual Bonbai (Bonsai Plum Tree) exhibition during Jan. to March.
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Green Park Santo: Ibuki no Mieru Bijutsukan (Ibuki Museum of Art). Small exhibition space with meeting rooms. グリーンパーク山東、伊吹の見える美術館
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Ibuki no Mieru Bijutsukan. See Mt. Ibuki from the museum.
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Mt. Ibuki or Ibukiyama is Shiga Prefecture's tallest mountain at 1,377 meters as well as one of Japan's 100 most famous mountains. It is well-known for the legend of Yamato Takeru and 1,200 species of wild flowers and plant life.
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Yamato Takeru was a legendary prince and warrior who traveled a lot and defeated his enemies. However, he met his demise at Mt. Ibuki when he battled an evil god disguised as a white boar.
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This statue of Yamato Takeru and evil boar are near the foot of Mt. Ibuki in Ueno.
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Yamato Takeru defeated the boar, but not before the boar showered him with poisonous mist. He went to Isame no Shimizu in Samegai whose waters healed him. Then he went on to Ise, but died soon afterward.
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You can visit Mt. Ibuki by hiking up from the foot at Ueno or driving up the Ibukiyama Driveway (from Sekigahara) to the summit. MAP
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Mt. Ibuki and camellias in winter.
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Camellias and Mt. Ibuki, Maibara, Shiga Prefecture.
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Mt. Ibuki and shinkansen, Maibara, Shiga Prefecture.
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Most tourists traveling between Tokyo and Kyoto barely notice Mt. Ibuki and Lake Biwa along the way.
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Mt. Ibuki and the entire shinkansen whizzing by.
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Mt. Ibuki and shinkansen.
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Snowcapped Mt. Ibuki and half-frozen Mishima Pond in winter.
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Snowcapped Mt. Ibuki and Mishima Pond in winter in Maibara.
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Mt. Ibuki
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Mt. Ibuki as seen from Torahime in winter.
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Mishima Pond with Mt. Ibuki and cherry blossoms.
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Mishima Pond with Mt. Ibuki and cherry blossoms.
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Mishima Pond
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Promenade of cherry blossoms in the middle of rice fields.
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Mt. Ibuki and rice paddies
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Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers and Mt. Ibuki. More photos of them here.
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Held only once every 5 years, the Ibuki-yama Taiko Drum Dance was held on Oct. 3, 2010 in Ueno, a small neighborhood at the foot of Mt. Ibuki.
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The festival started at noon near the Ueno Kaikan Hall (brown building on right). MAP
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The taiko drum procession is headed by this large banner saying, "Ibuki-yama Hono Taiko Odori" which means Ibuki-yama Taiko Drum Offertory Dance.
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The procession consists of various people including these two torch bearers.
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The torch bearers are followed by male flute players.
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Ibuki-yama Taiko Drum Procession in front of Ueno Kaikan Hall.
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The male flue players are followed by female flute players from a local junior high school.
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They spent most of the summer practicing for this festival. They are entirely voluntary.
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Women dancers and taiko drum players.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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At the end of the procession are these little kids waving a wand attached to a gourd.
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These kids are called fukube-furi.
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They head for Sannomiya Shrine only about 120 meters away.
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Sannomiya Shrine at the foot of Mt. Ibuki.
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Steps going up to Sannomiya Shrine.
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The taiko drum procession proceeded very slowly to the shrine.
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Finally, they are in sight of Sannomiya Shrine.
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It took them about 90 min. to reach the shrine.
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They finally reached the shrine steps.
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The procession is met by the shrine priest.
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Greeted and led by the shrine priest, the taiko drum procession starts to enter the shrine grounds.
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The various groups in the procession enter the shrine grounds after going up the steps and pass through the torii gate.
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They started to form a circle and danced.
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The taiko drummers include a good number of grade school boys who practiced hard during the summer for this festival.
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After a while, they sat down and rested while a few speeches were given.
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"Long ago, villagers in Ueno at the foot of Mt. Ibuki prayed for rain by doing the thunder dance by beating drums and bells, lighting torches, etc. After the rainfall and a good harvest in autumn, they danced to give thanks. This is what we are danci
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The mayor of Maibara, holding a microphone, says a few words.
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The dance continues.
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Even the torch bearers danced along.
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Ibukiyama Taiko Odori Dance, Maibara, Shiga.
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Now the fukube-furi kids came out and paraded around in a circle.
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After dancing in a circle, they danced in different formations.
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They also performed while sitting on straw mats.
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Ibukiyama Taiko Odori Dance 2010 video.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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For the finale, they all approached the shrine hall and performed.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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After they finished, they all bowed.
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Words of thanks from a group leader.
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In the end, they had group photo sessions for each group. These are the fukue-furi kids.
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Boy taiko drummers.
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Junior high school flute players.
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Male flute players and dancers.
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Adult taiko drummers.
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Women background singers.
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I also saw this Ibuki-yama Taiko Drum Dance 5 years before. The following photos were taken on Oct. 2, 2005. It was the same as in 2010 except for the performers.
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Shrine grounds where the taiko drum dance is performed
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Sannomiya Shrine, at foot of Mt. Ibuki
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They walk very slowly
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Up the stairs to the shrine grounds
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Pass under the torii
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Ibukiyama Driveway toll road going to Mt. Ibuki summit. 伊吹山ドライブウェイ
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Mt. Ibuki's summit is easily accessible via this Ibukiyama Driveway toll road (3,000 yen for passenger cars) from Sekigahara, Gifu Pref. This road opened in 1965 and is open to traffic during April to Nov.
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Mt. Ibuki summit parking lot. The local bus also come up here. And loads of tour buses during flower seasons. Many tourists make the easy climb to the summit from the parking lot.
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Entrance/exit to the Central Hiking Trail. 中央遊歩道
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West Hiking Trail is most popular for hiking to the summit. 西遊歩道
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Entrance to West Hiking Trail.
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Rocky trail.
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High heels not recommended.
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The most common flower during summer it seems. シモツケソウ
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Looking back on West Hiking Trail and parking lot
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The most scenic part of Ibukiyama is the summit. It's a popular time to visit with many alpine flowers in bloom.
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Tiger Lily コオニユリ
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Easy 40-min. hike, but if's summer, it can get hot and sweaty.
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Filipendula multijuga. You see this everywhere. シモツケソウ
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メタカラコウ
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View of the 3rd station (san-gome) below. The 3rd station is accessible by gondola from the foot of Ibukiyama at Ueno.
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ミヤマコアザミ
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Path to summit
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Path to summit
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メタカラコウ
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Steep hiking trail going to the 3rd station (san-gome).
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