Welcome to the new blog ‘The Volcanoes of Japan’!
Japan is home to around 10% of the world’s volcanoes, but surprisingly only a few feature in the mind of the average foreign visitor or volcano enthusiast. Of those that do, information in the English language is somewhat limited to detailed scientific studies or brief touristic descriptions. Admittedly Mount Fuji is much the symbol of Japan let alone the iconic ’stratovolcano’ form, but beyond this some wonderful mountains remain hidden and unknown to the country’s travelers.
This small and humble guide acts as an introduction to the amazing volcanoes I, a self-confessed kazan otaku (volcano geek), have visited during my time as a research student in Kagoshima and, hopefully, also to those that I intend to visit in the future. It is a longterm project – a hobby on my part – so my apologies in advance for the long wait between entries! In the likely event that this blog fails to provide the enlightenment you are looking for, please find a number of useful links in the sidebar.
Every volcano in Japan is unique in its own special way. I hope to convince you of this fact and maybe one day you might even attempt to make a volcanic pilgrimage to Japan for yourself…