Mt. Akita Komagatake has become available for the hikers on June 1st. On the opening day, a hiking event was held to mark the beginning of long-awaited Green Season!
Before entering the mountain, which was once worshiped as a sacred place, about 120 people gathered in a Shinto ceremony held at the 8th point station. They were members of local hiker’s club and the Semboku City workers. The ceremony was held to wish for the safety of the hikers in the season.
After the ceremony, the commemoration hike was held, in which 100 hikers joined to hike up to the summit area. On this sunny day, the hikers enjoyed every step on the remaining snow and the beautiful panoramic of mountain ridges and Lake Tazawa!
Banzai Sansho to celebrate the opening of Mt. Akita Komagatake!
(Photo/Sakigake On The Web)
At the summit of Odake (1623m), the Akita group met with another group of 60 people who hiked from Shizukuishi-cho, Iwate Prefecture. Together in a ceremony, they shouted “Banzai” three times (as is a Japanese custom of Banzai-Sansho) and celebrated the opening of Mt. Akita Komagatake.