Mt Iizuna, 1917m high, is a volcano located on the north of Nagano City. Its summit is divided to many peaks and its topmost is worshipping 5 God Shrines. It had been one of the most famous Ninja's training grounds in Japan until Sengoku Period. Its southern skirt, also called "Iizuna Highland" has many ponds and swampy grounds which give many beautiful Alpine flowers in spring: it becomes an excellent golf resort in summer and a skiing in winter. During Nagano Olympic games of 1998, the contests of "free style ski", bobsled and luge were organized there.
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