Japan features the impressive number of 109 active volcanoes. This means that this country accounts 10 percent of all of the active volcanoes on the planet. Japan has all the attractions you need, from an underwater volcano that played an important role in the formation of a new island to the majestic Mount Fuji. Approximately 60 percent of this country is covered in mountainous terrain, so it’s obvious that volcanoes play a significant role in Japan‘s culture and mythology. Volcanoes offer an astonishing view and hundreds of tourists are coming every year to admire these beautiful formations. Here are three volcanoes in Japan that you must visit:
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Also spelled Sakura-jima or Sakurashima, this volcano is placed in southern Kyushu and it is probably the most active volcano in the world. Volcano enthusiasts who want to see this impressive volcano will be disappointed because they are not allowed to climb up to the edge of it. However, there are astonishing views to be enjoyed from Yunohira Lookout, which can be reached in a couple of hours on foot or a couple of minutes by car. To be mentioned that Sakurajima regularly dumbs ash on the city nearby.
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Also known as Aso-san, these are five separate volcanic peaks. Mount Aso is situated in the southern island of Kyushu, near the city of Kumamoto. Mount Nakadake, one of the five volcanoes, is still active and it is probably the main attraction in the area. It is worth mentioning that when the five volcanoes spew gases, the entire place is closed. However, the other four peaks are beautiful too, and must be seen. Near the Mount Aso Museum can be spotted a heliport where tourists can opt for flyovers.
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Mount Asama is situated in the center of Japan’s main island of Honshu. This beautiful mountain measures approximately 2,568 meters above sea level. Mount Asama became famous after the eruption that took place in 1783. After this devastating eruption, over 1,500 people were killed. The last eruption took place in 2009, when the ash reached Tokyo. Tourists can come and ski on the peak’s adjacent slopes.
There are several other volcanoes that can be visited in Japan. What volcano have you seen in Japan?