Volcanoes have long been a source of myth and legends that have fascinated the human kind. Rising high above the ground, these majestic natural wonders have been the main characters in many stories. Japan, for example, is one of the countries of the world that can brag about the high number of active volcanoes, making up 10% of all the active ones in the world. From the impressive Fuji-san to an underwater volcano, Japan offers awe-inspiring travel experiences as volcanoes play a significant role in the country’s culture and mythology.
Mount Asama is located in the center of the main island, Honshu and stands 2,568 meters above sea level. Best known for an eruption that occurred in 1783, it is Honshu’s most active volcano, erupting even in 2009. Despite the potential danger of eruption, Asama remains a popular holiday destination, standing proud over the resort town of Karuizawa.
Sakurajima overlooks the historical city of Kagoshima, on Kyushu Island where there are three volcanoes that make up Sakurajima. Minami-dake is the most active of them all as it regularly dumps ash over the city below. If you are an adventurous traveler you will not be disappointed if you are looking for an up-close experience.
Mount Unzen is situated near the city of Shimbara on Kyushu Island and consists of a series of volcanoes dating back six million years ago. Recently, the volcanoes were declared dormant even though in 1990 Fugen began a series of eruptions. The area is quite popular among travelers, especially hikers who usually approach the climb from Mount Myoken.
Mount Aso, or Aso-san consists of five separate volcanic peaks located on Japan’s southern island, Kyushu, near the city of Kumamoto. Among the five volcanoes, Mount Nakadake is still active and is perhaps the main attraction of the area.
Mount Fuji, the most famous volcano of the modern world and Japan’s most recognizable landmark, is located less than two hours away from Tokyo and is visited by millions of people every year. Naturally, there are many legends surrounding Fuji-san that say it was created in a single day, forming over the top of an older volcano around 10,000 years ago. The climb up Fuji-san became so popular that Japanese built a post-office at the top so people can send post cards from the crest of 3,800 meters.