Are you a volcano voyeur? There are lots of volcano enthusiasts around the world, and if you’re one of them, these spectacular destinations are for you.
From awe-inspiring Mount Fuji to an underwater volcano that formed a new island in 2015, Japan is home to 109 active volcanoes that account for about 10 percent of all of the world’s active volcanoes. While Japan’s best known volcano, Mount Fuji, has been showing signs of possible eruption in the near future, as of now, the country’s most active volcano is Mount Aso, located on the southern island of Kyushu in Aso Kuju National Park. It’s renowned for housing one of the largest calderas on the planet, and offers numerous viewpoints over the alien-like, pitted landscape. When Aso accessible, you can get a lot closer to the crater than some of the others, such as Sakurajima, which can only be viewed at its base. Your first glimpse for the upper edge of the caldera is absolutely breathtaking, with its massive green basin and steep slopes that lead down about 330 feet, forming a half-circle, while high rocky volcanic shapes rising out of the center. Just remember, visiting it doesn’t come without risk, as you may expose yourself to potentially unsafe levels of noxious toxic gas.