Mt. Miminashi (a mountain in Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture) (耳成山)

Mt. Miminashi is a mountain in Kashihara City, Nara Prefecture.

Summary

Get off at Miminashi Station of Kintetsu Osaka Line. Miminashiyama Park is placed to the south of Mt. Miminashi, and it is known as a cherry blossom viewing spot. It is one of the three Mountains of Yamato, and is the northernmost mountain among them.

This mountain is an erosion landform, a part of a volcanic rock, which had been eructated in Tertiary period, remained after erosion. Therefore, it is not a volcano itself. During the way to the mountaintop, a few spots have a view through trees, while there are spots where Mt. Unebi, one of the three Mountains of Yamato, can be viewed. However, on the mountaintop, there is no spot for a view as it is not specially maintained. Miminashi Yamaguchi-jinja Shrine is located in the place which is a little lower than the mountaintop of Mt. Miminashi.

From the train of Kintetsu Osaka Line running between Yamato-Yagi Station and Miminashi Station, an almost perfectly triangle shaped Mt. Miminashi can be viewed.

History

It is a tumulus with a dome-shaped mound on a square base, and it is said to be the Misasagi (Imperial mausoleum) of Okimi in ancient times. Yamaguchi-jinja Shrine is located in the lower part of the area in the vicinity of the mountaintop. On the mountaintop, there is a stone pillar which has an inscription; the place where Emperor Meiji visited for and supervised an army exercise.