4 must-visit volcanoes in Japan

30 Mar 2018 in Discover Japan

Japan is home to 111 active volcanoes – or roughly 10% of all those in the world. Discover our pick of the best to visit!

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Mount Asama

It’s one of Honshu’s most active volcanoes, erupting as recently as 2017.

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When it blew its top in 2009, ash landed in Tokyo, 90 miles away.

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Hiking and skiing are great reasons to visit – as is the onsen resort of Karuizawa at its foot.

Stay: HOSHINOYA Karuizawa, where you can take an onsen in the dark.

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Mount Aso

If size impresses you, this is your kind of volcano.

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Composed of five separate peaks, Mount Aso boasts one of the world’s largest caldera, with whole towns contained within its 75-mile circumference.

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Head to the Daikanbo observation point to appreciate the enormity of the crater!

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Stay: Hoshino Resorts KAI Aso, set within the beautiful Aso-Kuju National Park

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Mount Bandai

Mount Bandai has the distinctive conical shape of many volcanoes – except much of its northern side was blown away in a major eruption in 1888.

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With its lakeside setting, it’s a beauty spot all year round, with challenging hiking in summer and 29 ski runs in winter.

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Stay: Hoshino Resorts Bandaisan Onsen Hotel, at the foot of the volcano.

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Mount Fuji

No list of Japan’s active volcanoes would be complete without Fuji-san – even if its last eruption dates back to 1707.

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Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan, an eternal muse for writers and artists, the site of numerous extreme exploits – and a must-do climb for keen hikers.

Stay: HOSHINOYA Fuji, where glamping offers a luxury outdoor experience.

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