Mount Aso

Photo by Grant the punk-ass used under CC
Japanese script: 阿蘇山
Area: Kumamoto
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Mount Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan. Located in the eastern part of Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, the volcano has a very large caldera – by some estimates it has a circumference of 120km.

The volcano goes through regular cycles of activity and passivity. When the mountain is quiet, visitors can either drive to a parking area or catch a rope way to within a close vicinity of the main crater. However, as of August 2016, the top of the mountain is off limits to the general public due to increased volcanic activity.

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