Mt. Asama (Gunma) 浅間山

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Simmering underneath

The last eruption was in 2009, but Mt. Asama still puffs away to let us know it is still alive. Bordering Gunma and Nagano prefectures, Mt. Asama is a 2,568-meter active volcano. Its conical shape is covered neatly with snow in late October, symbolizing the arrival of winter.

How to Get There

For Mt. Asama:

From Tokyo station , take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Karuizawa station. Then change to the Shinano line and take a train toward Ueda. Get off at Komoro Station and take a bus to Asama-sansou.

For Onioshidashi Park:

Take the JR Agatsuma Line to Manza-Kazawaguchi Station and take the bus from Manza-Kazawaguchi Station (30 minutes).

Quick Facts

Mt. Asama is said to be the island of Honshu's most active volcano

The last significant eruption was in 2009, resulting in a large plume of ash

The large eruption in 1783 was one of the most destructive eruptions in Japan in the past 1,000 years

Picture the eruption about 200 years ago

To get a real sense of the power of the 1783 eruption and subsequent lava flows, visit Onioshidashi Park. The volcanic rock formations have all come from that eruption, but they are in such a disorganized, random, and unattractive arrangement that locals thought the devil himself had pushed the rocks out. The name Onioshidashi means "rocks pushed by the devil."

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