It is a fact that Japan has beautiful mountains full of energy, incredible landscapes and wonderful nature. It is necessary to respect and admire these beautiful creations. We will talk about the best tour of Japan’s major volcanoes.
Unfortunately, it is true that volcanoes provoke fear. They are the protagonists of great natural tragedies in Japan. Certainly, the country has 101 active volcanoes. The 7% of all active volcanoes in the world are in this archipelago and some of them are the most dangerous.
On the other hand, fortunately, the strong point of the country is prevention. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) monitors for 24 hours the most dangerous mountains using cameras and different types of equipment. They are focusing on the craters with the highest risk of explosion. Anyway, a recent JMA study showed that there are 21 volcanoes that can erupt from unmonitored craters.
For this reason, the organ is already moving to ensure security cameras to monitor those craters and prevent a new disaster like the one at Mount Kusatsu Shirane in Gunma.
Anyway, volcanoes beauties are obvious. We recommend you to visit Mount Fuji from outside, as it is the most visited volcano in the country.
For instance, we recommend you to visit some volcanoes mentioned below.
Mount Hakone (Kanagawa)
Firstly, it is situated between the provinces of Kanagawa and Shizuoka. It is an active volcano at least 400,000 years old.
The strong point is a walk through the Owakudani Valley, accessible by the Hakone Ropeway cable car. At the time of ticket purchase, a medical handkerchief is provided for those who may have respiratory problems with the release of volcanic gases.
In addition, there are other quite peculiar attractions, such as black eggs, cooked in the waters heated by the volcano and even black ice cream.
It is important to visit Hakone, the city famous for its hot springs, the beautiful Ashi Lake and the Yagai Bijutsukan, an open-air museum with a beautiful garden.
Mount Sakurajima (Kagoshima)
The Mount Sakurajima is in the province of Kagoshima (southern Japan). It is one of the most eccentric volcanoes of the archipelago and also one of the most dangerous in the world. For this reason, is not possible to climb.
However, visitors can contemplate a unique landscape, take advantage of the island’s hot springs and sometimes witness the rain of ashes.
In southern Japan, in the Kyushu region, the city of Beppu was built around Mount Tsurumi. The mountain transformed the city into a bastion of hot springs, with more than 2,500 springs and vapors flowing from the avenues.
Beppu is known for its medicinal and therapeutic waters. The visit to the fountains is the main motivation of tourists. Anyway, there is a much more exotic tour for those who decide to visit the city: the “hells” of Beppu.
One of the most eccentric is the “Kamado Jigoku”, which is a collection of smoking springs.
In conclusion, we hope this article has been useful to plan your trip to Japan!