Eniwa-dake is another mountain I used to gaze at every day from my Sapporo apartment window, its bulk and prominent rocky nipple distinctive on the southern skyline. On clear days I could even see the small plume of steam from its crater. However, I only ever climbed it once, despite many trips to its near neighbour Ichankoppe-yama. I think it’s to do with the fact that the relentlessly steep climb is not rewarded with a summit to stand on, especially disappointing as the closed sections beyond the rope lead to a very enticing rocky scramble up the dramatic final tower. Hopefully it will reopen sometime.
In fact, though, in retrospect it’s a fine climb nonetheless and and the final viewpoint gives some dramatic views over the rough active crater and jagged ridges, while it seems a long drop down to the lake beneath your feet.