Last updated: December 21, 2020
Climb a steep peak for views over Gunma
There are several trails up Mt. Iwabitsu (802 m), which are all fairly short but steep. The easiest route is the Stream Trail, which is a 40-minute climb from Gumma-Haramachi Station. It requires the use of chains and ladders but is suitable for inexperienced climbers. The most challenging route is the Mitsuiwa Route, a 50-minute climb from the trailhead near Gobara Station.
Some remains of Iwabitsu Castle, built in the 15th century, can be seen on the mountainside.
From the top, take in views of the surrounding mountains.
Haramachi, Higashiagatsuma, Agatsuma District ( Map)
About 40 minutes on foot to the nearest trailhead from Gumma-Haramachi Station
About 25 minutes on foot to the nearest trailhead from Gobara Station
About 45 minutes by car to the Hirasawa trailhead parking lot from Shibukawa-Ikaho IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
Do not hike during winter
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