2018年07月01日

'ATOSA-NUPURI', also known as 'Hokkaido Io-zan', in 'Teshikaga Town', Hokkaido, is an active volcano 512 meters high.

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Atosa-Nupuri means a naked mountain in 'Ainu', to be more precise, a mountain without trees and plants due to poisonous volcanic gas, terrestrial heat and strong acid soil. In Japan, known as a volcanic country, ten different io-zans, which literally means sulfur mountain, are found and this mountain is a leading one. Sulfur mining operations had been actually undertaken from the second half of the 19th century to 1970. Many sightseers in the country and overseas visit here on the way to neighboring 'Kawayu-onsen' hot spring resort and 'Lake Kussharo'. The discharged vapors from the fumaroles on the surface of the mountain, with the yellow sulfur on the rocks, are seen here and there as shown in the pictures. It's not prohibited to enter most parts of the foot of the mountain and snow doesn't accumulate a lot here because of the terrestrial heat.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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