Time needed: Around 2 hours
Open season: Spring to Fall
Access: 20 minutes by bus from Aizu Wakamatsu Station
Contact: Aizu Wakamatsu Kankou Kousha Tel: 0242-27-4005
Mt. Seaburi, stand 871 meters above sea-level, amd separates the Aizu Basin
with Lake Inawashiro. The climbing trail starts in the Higashiyama Onsen area
Long ago, the local people often climbed over this mountain, and it said to have
been given the name Seaburi because "in the mornings the sun rises in te
east" as they went on their wai to work in the mountains and sell their wares,
then and as they started for home "their backs (se) were bathed (aburi) in
the light of the setting sun"
Long ago, the mountain-pass over Mt. Seaburi was mecessary to connect the Aizu
and Nakadori regions. About 400 years ago, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of the most
famous men in Japanese history, who carried out the unification of Japan, used
the pass over Mt. Seaburi whe he visited Aizu to carry ont surveys of the land.
It is said he took a break and a drink of the while gazing out across the Aizu
basin, so the area at the mountain top become temed "kanpaku-daira"(kanpaku
means chief advisor to te Emperor)
The mountain top is a splendid view point over the local area. in the West, you
cam see right across the Aizu basin, and ins the East you can see the symbols
of Aizu, Mt Bandai and Lake Inawashiro. There is also a campsite, adventure playground,
and hiking trail. The grave of Okei, a japanese girl, who at age 17 was the first
to emigrate to America, also stands here.