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Mount Hakkoda

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Mount Hakkoda

Mount Hakkoda (八甲田山, Hakkōdasan) refers to a group of stratovolcanoes and lava domes that can be separated into the north Hakkoda mountain range and the south Hakkoda mountain range. There are over a dozens of dormant volcanoes within the two volcanic groups. The range is located to the south of Aomori City and to the west of Misawa. Mount Hakkoda is listed as one of Japan’s 100 famous mountains for its seasonal splendor. Mount Odake has the tallest peak in the mountain range at 1585 meters and is one of the first places to see autumn colors in the Tohoku region. The Hakkoda Ropeway, which opened in 1968, goes to the top of Tamoyachidake where there are hiking trails that leads to a small marshland. Many of the hiking trails start from the Sukayu Onsen (hot spring), which has been around for more than 300 years and has an indoor sulfuric hot spring baths. The large wooden bath is for both genders that are segregated by a white line. Nearby the Sukayu Onsen are Tashiro Marshland and Suirennuma Swamp are places you can see a variety of alpine plants. It is recorded that Mount Hakkoda has heavy snowfall and is one of the two places where the conditions to form snow monsters (frozen trees) are met.