Japan Has Pyramids? Yakushi-san and The OG Japan content creator

Small pyramidal peak in the northern Yamagata town of Kaneyama

Three green pyramidal mountains,Yakushi-san, Nakano-mori, and Kumataka-mori, the three mountains of Kaneyama or the ‘pyramids’ of Japan stick out into the bright blue skyline
(Left to right) Yakushi-san, Nakano-mori, and Kumataka-mori, the three mountains of Kaneyama, or the ‘pyramids’ of Japan

The OG Japan Travel Content Creator

A black and white illustration of Isabella Bird, the woman who noted the pyramidal shape of Yakushi-san and the other two mountains of Kaneyama
Isabella Bird, the OG Japan content creator. Image from her Wikipedia page.

The ‘Pyramids’ of Japan

The three mountains of Kaneyama or the ‘pyramids’ of Japan; Yakushi-san, Nakano-mori, and Kumataka-mori with their distinctive pyramidal shape stick out against the bright blue sky.
(Left to right) Yakushi-san, Nakano-mori, and Kumataka-mori seen from below.

The plot thickens

Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

The wooden red shrine builing of Yakushi Jinja (shrine) at the summit of Yakushi-san amongst the green forest
Yakushi Jinja (shrine) at the summit of Yakushi-san. For centuries locals have prayed here for a successful harvest.

LETTER XIX

Prosperity — Convict Labour — A New Bridge — Yamagata — Intoxicating Forgeries — The Government Buildings — Bad Manners — Snow Mountains — A Wretched Town.

— Isabella Bird

Kanayama (sic.) in a Romantic Situation

Discovering The ‘Pyramids’ of Japan for Myself

Kaneyama Town seen from the summit of Yakushi-san with the Kamuro Renpo (Mountain Range) in the background.
The view of Kaneyama Town from the summit of Yakushi-san the Kamuro Renpo (Mountain Range) in the background.

Jesus’ Tomb in Aomori and the Pyramids of Japan

Where Jesus Christ supposedly was buried in Aomori, Japan

The ‘Pyramids’ of Kaneyama

A close-up of the eastern side of the pyramidal peak Yakushi-san with Chokai-zan in the bright blue sky in the background.
A closer view of Yakushi-san, one of the ‘pyramids’ of Japan. Chokai-zan is in the background.

The Tengu of Yakushi-san

The Tengu of Mt. Hiko (image from wikipedia in public domain)

Plagues of Locusts

The red torii gates at the base of Yakushi-san and the rice fields in the background

The Battle of Kaneyama

A river with a traditional Japanese building on the left bank, looking towards Moriai Toge (The Moriai Mountain Pass)
Looking towards the Moriai Toge to the east of Yakushi-san.

Yakushi-san

Getting to Yakushi-san

Yakushi-san Trail

Looking down from the trails of Yakushi-san towards the rice fields and Route 13
Looking down from the trails of Yakushi-san towards the rice fields and Route 13

Places near Yakushi-san worth checking out

Two cedar trees with a shape like the anime Totoro in Sakegawa, Yamagata Prefecture.
The Totoro Trees near the Hanesawa Trailhead up Yozo-san

Geta Pan in Shinjo City

Geta Pan Bakery in Shinjo

River Cruise on the Mogami

The Mogami River reflects the autumn sky
Traveling by boat on the Mogami River

Gathering the rains

Of summer, how swift she flows

Mogami River

— Matsuo Basho

Stark red shrine gates at the bottom of a snowy hill along the Mogami River in Yamagata Prefecture
The Shiraito Falls along the Mogami River

Genso no Mori: The Forest of Illusions near Tsuchiyu-yama in Tozawa Village

The Forest of Illusions, Phantom Forest, or Forest of Fantasy, Genso-no-Mori in Tozawa Village
The Forest of Illusions, Phantom Forest, or Forest of Fantasy, Genso-no-Mori in Tozawa Village

Taizo-san: The Epitome of Autumn Leaves in north Japan

The autumn leaves at the summit of Taizo-san

Yonetaihei‌-zan

Chokai-zan stands tall above the clouds in this photo from Yonetaihei-zan near Yozo-san.

Yamuki-yama

A sign at the junction of Yamuki-yama. A left will take you to the remains of the Yamuki Castle. A right to the summit.

Yozo-san

Yakushi-san in Kaneyama Town | 薬師山|やくしさん

Yakushi-san with its distinctive chunk taken out of it and Chokai-zan in the background.

Yakushi-san Map

Yakushi-san in Kaneyama Town

Yamabushi Newsletter

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi on Zao-san. Photo owned by Kiwi Yamabushi.

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Peaks

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