Mountains formed by Volcanic Activity
Unlike the Himalayas or the Alps, which were formed by the collision of continental plates resulting tectonic uplift , many of Japan’s mountains are formed by volcanic activity. Although volcanoes do have their own unique sights to enjoy, whether it is stunning crater walls or calderas that spew smoke and gas, the danger of an eruption must always be kept in mind .
Make sure to check the volcanic warnings issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency when planning a hike. Access restrictions are put in place when the Volcanic Alert Level is Level 2 or above on the five-level scale. Should this occur, you will be unable to hike to the summit. Keep in mind that even if the Volcanic Alert Level is Level 1 there is a need to be careful when passing downwind of fumaroles.
We also recommend that you carry items such as a helmet to protect your head from material ejected from the volcano in the event of a sudden eruption and a mask to protect your airways from volcanic ash and gasses.
The “Mountains formed by Volcanic Activity” featured on this site are as listed below.
- A Scenic Hike Around Kusasenrigahama in the Mt. Aso Area Hike through a scenic area while viewing grand, large-scale mountain vistas forged by active volcanoes.
- Kuju Mountain Range: Mt. Kuju and Mt. Nakadake Circuit Traversing the Range with the Highest Peak of Kyushu Mainland.
- Kuju Mountain Range: Bohgatsuru, Mt. Daisen, and Mt. Hiji-dake Circuit The Best Wetland and Mountain Views in the Kuju Mountain Range.
- Nasu Circuit of Mt. Chausu and Mt. Asahi A loop taking in two of Mt. Nasu's best-known peaks.
- The Mt. Nasu trek: Mt. Chausu, Mt. Asahi and Mt. Sanbonyari Access Nasu Sanzan (three peaks) via ropeway and gondola, then hike to the summit and back in one day.
- Mt. Fuji, Yoshida Trailhead Route The most popular route to Japan’s highest mountain peak.
- Mt. Fuji, Fujinomiya Trail Route The shortest route to the top of Japan’s highest mountain.
- Mt. Asahi Beginning at Sugatami-daira (Round Trip) Use the ropeway to help you hike Hokkaido's highest peak.
- Traverse Hike of Daisetsuzan Mountain Range from Mt. Asahi to Mt. Kuro-dake Traverse “the roof of Hokkaido” in a single day trip.
- Mt. Norikura: Round Trip from Tatami-daira Quick Summit of a 3,000 Meter Peak in the Japanese Alps.
- Traverse of Mt. Iwate from Yakehashiri to Nana-taki Falls Enjoy the signs and scars of volcanic activity on this still-active volcano.
- Round Trip Hike of Mt. Yotei via the Makkari Trail Hike up a beautiful free-standing mountain in the southern region of Hokkaido.
- Hike of a Sacred Mountain, Mt. Hakusan; Round Trip from the Kanko Shindo Route One of Japan’s three sacred mountains, also famed for its alpine flora.
- Round Trip Hike to Mt. Hayachine via the Odakoshi Trail Hike along a short trail to a mountain peak famed for its flowers.