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We are heading to Lake Toya from Noboribetsu, therefore, I planned to visit Mount Usu as a stop while driving to our destination. The place is easy to access via navigating by the car GPS.
The place is awesome when I reach as the place...More
We went to Mt. Usu and Volcano Village. There is a ropeway to the top of Mt. Usu (a Volcano) with spectacular views of Lake Toya and the surrounding area. There is adjacent to Mt. Usu a bald headed Mountain (named Showa-shinzan) that arose from...More
I say hidden because the morning we visited Mt Usu it was visible only briefly for seconds when the sun appeared, so was in & out of cloud. The Ropeway taken from the car park gave us the best views. Once up, it's an approx...More
This is an active volcano. There is a ropeway all the way to the top. There is guided mini presentation on the history of this tourist attraction and how the Japanese can detect volcsnic eruptions. There is a hiking trail as well all the way...More
Mount Usu Ropeway
There are many live volcanos in Japan. Mount Usu is one of the them. According to records, Mt Usu has erupted 9 times since 1663. The landscape changes with each eruption with new lava dome and caldera lake created. The later being...More
Once you've arrived on Mount Usu, you can go through a cafe/gift shop and either just enjoy the view from the observation platform or hike for 1-2 hours on one of the trails. The further you walk, the less touristy it will be. Be careful...More
This is a great place to hike near Lake Toya. It starts with a journey up on the ropeway for about 6 minutes. The ropeway will take you to the Lake Toya observatory platform. Then you can carry on to do various levels of walks...More
Just like most people, we made the trip here expecting to get a clear panoramic view of the nearby lake & mountains.
It has been raining for 2 days & we could see heavy fog at the top where the Ropecar literally disappears midway into...More
Caught the cable car up then turned left and walked past the view point, 700 metres and most people stop here, then down the steps and along the crater rim to the far view point. There are a lot of steps, it's 1.6kms to the...More