You’ve heard of Fuji-san, you may have heard of Takao-san, but in Tokushima, on the island of Shikoku, stands Benten-san; and this is the smallest mountain in Japan.
Nope, not in the distance, that is the mountain.
The Kanji in the middle of the sign reads ‘Japan No. 1 small mountain Benten-San‘
Standing at just over 6 metres tall it’s not quite the smallest mountain in the world (there are a couple of claims to that as a quick web search will prove) but it does have its own shrine.
A Torii gate stands at the foot of the mountain trail.
Benten is the Japanese goddess of arts and entertainment, and at the top of the mountain (reached by climbing a few steps) you will also find people have tied their kuji (fortunes) and hung ema just like any other shrine.
The dizzying view from the summit…
So if you’re near Jizobashi and fancy a spot of mountain climbing, but can’t really be bothered, here’s the perfect place to visit.