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Mt. Hôdatsu Opening Festival
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Mt. Hôdatsu is the highest mountain in the Noto area (637m). The opening festival is held at Tehayahime Shrine, located at the mountaintop, on April 23 to pray for the safety of tourists during the tourist season. The shrine is also called Hôdatsu Myôjin and Hôdatsu Gongen. It was established by Priest Taichô during the Yôrô period (717~724), and has been worshiped as the main temple of 32 temples in the former Oshimizu area. During the early Edo period, gold was mined in the mountain. Mt. Hôdatsu stretches over Hôdatsushimizu Town, Kahoku City, and Tsubata Town in Ishikawa Prefecture, as well as Himi City and Takaoka City in Toyama Prefecture. From its summit, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the three feudal provinces of Noto, Kaga and Ecchû. There is a large beech forest near the mountaintop, and the area is popular for admiring beautiful autumn leaves. In 1995, the forest was selected as one of the best 100 “water-source forests” in Japan.
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