三瓶山 [Mt. Sanbe]
Mt. Sanbe-san is a dormant volcano representing seven mountains. Volcanic rocks examined in the area shows that it was last active around 3000 years ago. Sanbe san represents seven mountains, but to most people you can see four very prominent mountains, the names of these four mountains from tallest to smallest is as follows;
男三瓶 (O Sanbe, father Sanbe)
女三瓶 (Me Sanbe, mother Sanbe)
子三瓶 (Ko Sanbe, child Sanbe)
孫三瓶 (Mago Sanbe, grandchild Sanbe)
All these mountains are linked together to form a creator on top, the creator is filled with water from all the snow and is called muro no uchi (室の内).
Osanbe, father Sanbe, stands at 1,126 meters above sea level.
The area is a scenic spot representing the Iwami district in Shimane Prefecture. Popular for picnics, hiking, camping.
In Autumn, there are grassy plains at the feet of the mountains, the grass is called Susuki (ススキ) and grows up to 2-3 meters tall. Photographers from all around Japan flock to this area to take pictures of these golden Susuki grass. Then during spring the grassy Susuki plains is then burnt in a controlled fire to prevent bush fires for the summer season.
Being winter at the moment these susuki grass didnt look their golden best, but it was still a rare ocassion for us to see so many, so we didnt hesitate to get in amongst them to take a few pictures.
Next time we are in Japan, we’ll definately revist Mount Sanbe for a hike to the creator at the top in beautiful Autumn.
Hot springs dot the area nearby, which is the main reason for us being there. Sanbe-onsen Hot Spring famous for being promoting longevity. Inns at all these hot springs are suitable base camps for climbing Mt. Sanbe-san.
We stayed in the biggest room they had to offer, the room had a traditional tea room and it’s own private onsen. Dinner served wasn’t too bad either.
We also had persimmon hanging outside out room to dry.
Our room was actually once used to host the 2004 final Shogi (japanese chess) battle.