Most viewed - Nishiyama Crater Trail 西山火口散策路
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The Nishiyama Crater Trail (Nishiyama Kako Sansakuro) is accessible by car or bus from Toyako Onsen Spa or Toya Station. Get off at the Nishiyama Kako Kitaguchi which is in front of this former fire dept. station. 旧西胆振消防組合本部365 views
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Wrecked car175 views
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Heading back. Remember that the trail is not open during the winter months. For more info call 0142-75-4400.167 views
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More dramatic terrain. There's no threat of further eruptions in this area, so don't worry about getting caught in a shower of hot lava and volcanic ash while walking around here.162 views
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Next to the former fire station is this small pond, called Nishiyama Kako-numa, created by the eruption and blocking the road. 西山火口沼(西新山沼)143 views
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Wrecked confection factory. A dramatic reminder of what volcanoes can do.125 views
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The fire dept. building was damaged by the eruption, so it is no longer used by the fire dept. However, you can enter it and see some display panels.124 views
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The north entrance to the Nishiyama Crater Trail (Nishiyama Kako Sansakuro Kitaguchi). Open from April 20 to Nov. 10 during 7 am - 6 pm. Free admission, but donations accepted.120 views
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Road blocked by the pond. The Nishiyama Craters are part of Mt. Usu. They are on the west side of Usuzan and were formed by the March 2000 eruption.120 views
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Another wrecked house.118 views
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No. 1 Nishiyama Crater Lookout deck for the most conspicuous crater, still emitting steam.112 views
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The former fire station in the distance. The building still looks quite new.111 views
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Inside former fire station.102 views
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An adjacent crater contains water and emits some steam.100 views
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The walking trail becomes a nice wooden boardwalk on rough terrain.97 views
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Apparently there weren't any cars on the road when this happened since everyone had been evacuated before the eruption occurred.93 views
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The trail starts with a bumpy asphalt road.92 views
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View from the No. 2 Nishiyama Crater Lookout deck92 views
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The wrecked road.91 views
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Sign explaining the deformed road.91 views
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One of the largest and most active Nishiyama crater. There are about 30 craters in the area, and this one emits the most steam.90 views
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Going further along the crater trail.89 views
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No. 1 Nishiyama Crater Lookout deck88 views
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Nishiyama Crater Trail86 views
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Broken telephone pole.83 views
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The trail passes by a wrecked confection factory.83 views
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Flowers from the asphalt cracks.80 views
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View of the No. 2 Nishiyama Crater Lookout deck80 views
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View from the No. 2 Nishiyama Crater Lookout deck79 views
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The trail continues to more dramatic landscapes.78 views
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It takes about 40 min. to walk the crater trail one way. So allow at least 90 min. for a round-trip.76 views
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The trail goes to the Minami-guchi (South entrance) of the crater trail.76 views
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View from the No. 2 Nishiyama Crater Lookout deck75 views
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View from the No. 2 Nishiyama Crater Lookout deck. On the right is the crater of the initial eruption occurring in March 2000.71 views
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Another crater which is dry.71 views
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Crater bottom.69 views
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Close-up of Nishiyama's first crater formed during the March 2000 eruption.67 views
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