8 of the Most Picturesque Active Volcanoes in Japan (2024 Edition)

Japan is one of the most volcanic countries on Earth. There are dozens of active volcanoes in Japan, offering breathtaking otherworldly scenery. While some are dangerous and out of bounds, many are open to visitors, and are often surrounded by pristine nature, natural hot springs, and hiking trails, stimulating one’s adventurous spirit! In this article, we’ll introduce you to 8 of Japan’s most stunning active volcanoes to add to your itinerary!

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1. Mt. Taisetsu (Hokkaido)

Mt. Taisetsu is one of the major tourist spots in Hokkaido, with hot springs called "Souunkyo" sitting at its foot.

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2. Mt. Usu (Hokkaido)

Mt. Usu is an active volcano that repeatedly erupts extensively. At the base of Mt. Usu is Toyako, opposite the shore is the well-known Hokkaido hot spring Toyako Onsen.

3. Mt. Bandai (Fukushima Prefecture)

"Mt. Aizu Bandai is a treasure mountain..." is sung about Mt. Bandai, the icon of the Aizu region. Mt. Bandai is also famous for its resort where you can enjoy hot springs and skiing.

4. Mt. Shirane (Gunma Prefecture)

At the foot of this volcano is the beloved Kusatsu hot spring.

5. Mt. Asama (Nagano Prefecture)

Nagano’s most iconic mountain is Mt. Asama. From Tokyo, if you cross the Usui Pass, the mountain's figure will surely come into view.


6. Mt. Hakone (Kanagawa Prefecture)

Hakone is a popular holiday destination due to its convenient access from central Tokyo.

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7. Mt. Kuju (Oita Prefecture)

Mt. Kuju is part of the Kuju Mountains.

8. Mt. Aso (Kumamoto Prefecture)

At the craters of Mt. Aso, you can witness the ferocity of nature.

The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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