Mt. Komagatake is stretched over the bordering area between two prefectures, Akita and Iwate. On this day, teams of climbers from each prefectures hiked up to meet, performed a Shinto ceremony, and mingled to wish the safety of all the hikers to this area.
Climbing up from Akita side.
About 100 participants enjoyed the hike this day.
Some alpine plants-- one of the earlier ones-- are found.
Long awaited the end of winter, these alpine plants are finally out.
Walking on the deck towards Amida Ike, a pond near the summit area.
At the top of Odake (1623 m) there is a small shrine. There a ceremony to wish the hiker's safety was performed.
Groups from Akita and Iwate exchanged pickels to commemorate the opening day.