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The Most Popular and Most Active Volcanoes in Japan

Japan is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire so it is not surprising that the entire archipelago is dotted by numerous volcanically and geologically active and inactive volcanoes. The country is also frequented by earthquakes. The most recent disastrous underwater earthquake that struck Japan created one of the most destructive and deadliest tsunamis of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Japan is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire so it is not surprising that the entire archipelago is dotted by numerous volcanically and geologically active and inactive volcanoes. The country is also frequented by earthquakes. The most recent disastrous underwater earthquake that struck Japan created one of the most destructive and deadliest tsunamis of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Here are the most popular and most active volcanoes/mountains in Japan. Most of these geological formations are popular tourist destinations.

1. Mount Zao

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Mount Zao is a 1,841 meter tall active volcano located between Miyagi and Yamagata Prefectures. This complex volcano is consists of a cluster of stratovolcano and is the most active in northern Honshu. Its last eruption was in 1940. The lake on the above picture is Named Okama which is also known as “Five Color Pond” because it changes color as the weather changes. This popular skiing destination is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains.

2. Mount Tokachi

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Another active volcano in Japan is Mount Tokachi which is situated 2,077 meters above sea level. It is located in Daisetsuzan National Park in Hokkaido and is one of the 100 Famous Mountains in Japan. It’s a famous tourist destination for hiking and is well known for its natural hot springs. Mount Tokachi last erupted in 1989.

3. Sakurajima

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Sakurajima is an active volcano located in Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu. It is a former island that got connected to the Osumi Peninsula because of the lava flows of its 1914 eruption. Its last eruption was in 2009 but volcanic activity still continues, dropping large amounts of volcanic ash on the surroundings. The volcano has 3 peaks and the highest is Kita-dake with an elevation of 1,117 meters.

4. Mount Unsen

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Mount Unzen is a 1,500 meter high active volcano located in Shimabara in Nagazaki Prefecture. Its last eruption was in 1996. In 1792, one of its several lava domes collapsed and triggered a megatsunami killing more than 15,000 people. It is the country’s worst-ever volcanic-related disaster.

5. Tori-shima

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Tori-shima is an active volcano with a height of 403 meters. This uninhabited island volcano last erupted in 2002. Its name means “Bird Island” and is located in Izu Islands in the Philippine Sea about 600 km south of Tokyo.

6. Mount Nasu

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Mount Nasu is one of the 100 most Famous Mountains in Japan. This group of complex volcanoes is part of the Nikko National Park. The mountain’s tallest peak is Sanbonyari Peak with a height of 1,917 meters. At present, only Chausu Peak is active.

7. Hachijo-jima

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Hachijo-jima is volcano with a height of 854 meters. Its last known explosion was in 1707.  This island volcano in the Philippine Sea is administered by Tokyo. The area is a popular tourist destination for surfing, skin diving/snorkeling, scuba diving and hiking. There are also waterfalls, botanical gardens and tunnels in the area for tourists.

8. Nii-jima

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Nii-jima is a 432 meter tall volcano in the Philippine Sea administered by Tokyo. Its last eruption was in 886 CE. The area is famous for its beautiful beaches and a perfect destination for wind surfing.

9. Mount Azuma

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Mount Azuma-kofuji is an active volcano located in Fukushima Prefecture. The volcano has a conical-shaped crater and numerous onsen or hot springs are located in the area making it a popular tourist destination. Hiking is also a popular activity in the area.

10. Mount Haruna

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Mount Haruna is a 1,449 meter tall volcano in Gumma, Honshu. This volcano is considered dormant or inactive because it has not erupted for more than 500 years now. Lake Haruna, the symmetrical cone Mount Harunafuji and the volcano’s highest peak – Mount Kamonga are among the most popular tourist destinations in the area.

See also

Top Ten Most Active Volcanoes in the Philippines

Top Twelve Most Active Volcanoes in Iceland

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What beautiful volcanoes -- very interesting article.

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