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Is Mount Tenpō The Smallest Mountain In The World?

Welcome To Mount Tenpō: Potentially The Smallest Mountain In The World

There’s always so much focus on big things. However, what about all the little things? Especially when it comes to mountains, it’s like no one even thinks about the smallest mountain in the world. Why would you?

There’s a huge emphasis on tallest, grandest, and most glorious, for sure. For over-achieving hikers, the goal is to summit the highest mountains in the world. But underachievers can rest peacefully knowing that they too can have a ‘high’ aspiration that doesn’t need to be high. 

That’s where the smallest mountain in the world comes in.

How Tall Is Mount Tenpō?

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Little things have a special place in Japan. In fact, it’s a well known cultural fact that the Japanese tend to value small things over big. From a practical perspective, Japan is an island nation with limited resources and a high population. Because of this, big things are often unreasonable.

Mount Tenpō, the smallest mountain in the world, is so tiny that the only reason it’s considered a mountain is because it was recognized as such by the Geographical Institute of Japan.

This tiny little mountain, which has a ferris wheel and comes with a certificate for those who ascend it, is a whopping 14 feet above sea level. Sarcasm intended. Considering it’s actually an artificial mountain that was built in the 1800s as a landmark for ships, that’s actually pretty high.

But considering that it’s shorter than an average basketball rim, the shortest mountain is pretty low as well.

How To Visit Mount Tenpō

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Even though some may consider the smallest mountain in the world a bit of a joke, people still want to go. Maybe because it is kind of a joke. Being an underachiever seems to be a desirable persona these days too, you know.

Anyway, you can visit this 4.5 metre bump of a mountain from Osaka by following this link. As you can imagine, it’s not that much of a time investment. It’ll take you about 15 minutes to take it all in, and that includes pondering the big questions of life at the summit.

You can also take a tour there, or use public transit. Check out this link on TripHobo.com for more details on that.

Is Mount Tenpō Really The Smallest Mountain In The World? Here’s How It Stacks Up

Mount Wycheproof, Australia

Tucked away in a remove corner of Victoria State, this mountain is 148 metres above sea level. It’s unimpressive and sits adjacent to a small, simple town of the same name. The name is derived from an aboriginal term for “grassy hill”.

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Jingshan, China

Home to the Himalayas, which is the world’s highest mountain range and includes Mount Everest, you can also find a really short mountain here in China. Jingshan Mountain is a whopping 60 cm high. Because of this, you can summit this beast in one single step.

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Mount Hiroyama, Japan

To add another short mountain to the list for Japan, Mount Hiroyama is only three metres high. It was cut in height-half from the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake. This mountain is also person-made, and was created to assess the weather conditions before heading out to sea.

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Hoge Blekker, Belgium

Belgium is a pretty flat place. Because of this, you can see why most of its mountains are basically hills. The tallest peak in all of Belgium is only 694 metres. Hoge Blekker is, according to some, Europe’s smallest mountain, measuring in at an intimidating 35 metres. This too was created as a natural lighthouse to guide sailors in the North Sea.

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In summary, it looks like Mount Tenpō is actually not the smallest mountain in the world. That award would go to Jingshan in China. However, this is still an accomplishment to check off your bucket list if you ever find yourself in Osaka!

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