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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…

Sakurajima explosion, April 2009 (photo: Daiki)

Sakurajima explosion, April 2009 (photo: Daiki)

Contact: Please feel free to share any links or information in the comments or contact me at japanvolcano at googlemail dot com.

Please note: Views expressed here are mine alone and are not connected in any way to the establishments or websites to which I refer to. Similarly, any mistakes with regards to the science, history or general knowledge surrounding the volcanoes are also probably due to my own stupidity! It goes without saying that any references to current volcanic activity are not authoritative and you should always check with official sources for the latest activity reports and/or alert levels when visiting a volcano.

Blog title image: Part of the Japanese woodblock painting Otome tôge (The Pass of Otome), featuring Mount Fuji, by Takahashi Shôtei (1871-1945).

One Comment leave one →
  1. kissryn permalink
    January 24, 2013 6:45 pm

    what are top 5 volcanoes in Japan??

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