Japan’s Active Volcanoes: Asahidake

Asahidake

The highest volcano on Hokkaido

At 2,291 meters, Asahidake in Daisetsuzan National Park is the highest mountain on Hokkaido – Japan’s northernmost island. It is actually an active volcano.

I climbed on and around Asahidake several times in the four years I spent on Hokkaido. But that was a while ago now: as in, before I got my first digital camera (for the record, a Sony DSC-R1, bought in 2007).

The pictures here are from a trip R. and I took to Hokkaido in the summer of 2012. The climb from the top of the ropeway to the summit was meant to be the highlight of our trip. But the heat coming out of the ground softened the bond on R.’s boots, and the gravel and sand pulled the tread right off. Instead of summiting, we limped back to the trailhead, R.s boot held together with duct tape and a twist of wire.

Of course, now R. has a new pair of boots…

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