Time of year
Mt. Iwaki rises alone from near sea- level, making it seem much larger than it really is. The views are stunning, and you cn see it on a clear day from the Aomori bridge and from the ferry to Hakodate, even.
Approaching the town of Hirosaki, one thing dominates your view: Mount Iwaki. It rises alone from the plain, a beautiful composite volcano. If you can get to the Tsura-no-Mai bridge, the mountain makes a lovely site reflected in the lake. A bus ride out to the Iwaki Yama…
We visited the park on a cloudy day and it was quite difficult to view Mt. Iwaki at a distance clearly. Anyway, we took a few photos at last.
The mountain is everything you expect to see in a "Japanese montin." It is symmetrical, snow capped, pretty an mysterious. It looks like all the mountains you see in their old paintings. Mount Fuji may be a little better, but this is a fine imitation!
Luckily it was a clear day during my visit, so the autumn foliage and views from the top of the ropeway were splendid. The best part was actually driving up and down the Tsugaru-Iwaki Skyline toll road. It's about 1,600 to 1,800 yen if I remember correctly.