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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posted by masahisa at 09:09 | Hokkaido | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年06月21日

'Notsuke Peninsula' at the eastern tip of 'Hokkaido' is Japan's largest sandbar, 28 km long.

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Notsuke Peninsula is sticking out to the ocean between 'Shiretoko Peninsula' and 'Nemuro Peninsula'. This big sandbar has been formed by the tidal current running along the coast line, and the narrowest part is 50 m wide. Many migratory birds, such as sea eagles and cranes, are seen in the wetland on both sides of the sandbar in winter. When short summer comes, the wildflowers are in full bloom along the trail as shown in the first picture. The flowers are not enough though, as this picture was taken a little earlier than summer. 'Todowara', as shown in the second picture, is worthy of note. The sea water is gradually flowing into the sandbar due to global warming, which has caused the death of the Sakhalin firs which used to form a grove. 18 km off the coast, 'Kunashir Island', which has long been illegally occupied by Russia after the end of the Second World War, can be seen if weather permits.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:36 | Hokkaido | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2018年01月29日

'Mt. Daisetsuzan' or 'Mt. Taisetsuzan', rising in the central part of Hokkaido, is not a single mountain but a general term for many volcanoes in its area.

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Daisetsuzan is said to be a rich repository of an alpine plant, and is also known as a place where Japan's first snow is recorded every year. Thus, the beautiful autumn leaves are found even in the middle of September. Many tourists throughout Japan visit here for the first autumn leaves in the country. Daisetsuzan has long been formed on the immense rock foundation with an area of about 4,000 square kilometers. This mountain is made up of more than ten 2,000 m-class volcanoes, such as 'Asahidake' peak, which is the tallest in Hokkaido, 'Kurodake' peak and 'Akadake' peak. Violent fumarole activity is seen everywhere on the hillside of Asahidake peak. Being designated as 'Daisetsuzan National Park', the flora and fauna of this area are strictly preserved, so a variety of indigenous plants and animals are found here. The picture shows the autumn leaves commanded from the route up to Akadake peak. Even though two months earlier than Tokyo, the best time to see them looks past their peak.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 08:47 | Hokkaido | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする