Welcome to Tsurugi-san
The summit plain is known as Heike-no-baba and is said to have served as the 12th-century training field for military horses of local Heike warriors. When the Heike clan succumbed to the rival Genji warriors at the Battle of Dan-noura in 1185, legend tells they buried their emperor's sword at the peak of Tsurugi-san; hence the mountain's nickname of Ken-zan (sword peak).
A chairlift goes most of the way up from the car park at Mi-no-koshi, after which it is a leisurely 40-minute climb to the top. There are great views from the rounded summit.