(Chokkai seems to be more commonly spelt as Chokai but the kk like the ss of Gassan indicates that there is a kind of glottal stop in the middle of the word so it sounds like Chaw//kai not Chaaawkaaiii and Gu//san not Gusaaan).
From Kisakata we climbed up the road that winds up Chokkai san from the Yamagata side. Despite the haze, the view was spectacular. Government efforts to have people spending money by lowering road tolls and having a five day holiday were working well if the cars in the carpark there were any guide. There were cars from literally all over Japan. We saw vehicles from every region (except Okinawa obviously as it is closer to Taiwan and has no bridge joining it to the main islands): neighbouring prefectures, Kanto, Kansai, southern parts of the Japan sea coast, Hiroshima & surrounds, Shikoku, as well as Hokkaido. Hiro had never seen such an array of differently plated cars in Tohoku - even in Tokyo the number of Tokyo plates dilutes the rest considerably.
|Chokkai san in late March.|