Situated in east Hokkaido, Teshikaga is known as an area blessed with nature. It is home to two beautiful lakes, Lake Mashu and Lake Kussharo: the former is one of the clearest lakes in the world, and the latter is the world’s second-largest caldera lake. This pristine region is perfect for those who enjoy outdoor activities like kayaking.
Amongst this rich natural environment, Mount Atusanupuri is also a must-see. This 512-metre mountain is an active volcano that contains more than 1,500 fumaroles. Fumaroles are openings in the earth’s surface that release steam and gases, and at this mountain, you can get very close to them. The intense sight of gurgling hot steam rising from the desolate mountain face really makes you feel the earth’s energy.
The mountain is also called “Mount Iou”. “Iou” means sulphur, and as its name suggests, it is rich with sulphur. The gases also contain sulphur, so where the fumaroles are, bright yellow sulphur colour the ground and rocks around them. The colour is so striking that it’s hard not to be mesmerised.
In the past, people mined sulphur from the mountain, which was used to make matches and gunpowder. Horses and boats were used to transport the mineral, and eventually, a railroad was built in the area. The mountain helped to spur regional development.
Our eastern Hokkaido tour features a visit to the mountain. You’ll see Mount Iou’s majestic nature up close and experience Hokkaido’s dynamic nature. Be sure to try the famous boiled eggs sold at the resthouse when you visit!
Pristine paradise of untouched nature and wildlife. Don’t miss the short Hokkaido summer!
・Summer Adventure in Eastern Hokkaido VIEW TOUR
Kintetsu International Express (Oceania) is an ATAS accredited travel agent in Australia, a member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents. In Australia, we specialise in arranging Corporate and Group Travel for businesses, schools, religious groups and cultural organisations. We have Travel Centres in Sydney and Melbourne serving our Australian customers and offices in Cairns, Gold Coast and Auckland handling Japanese inbound tours. We are also an authorised travel agent to sell Japan Rail Pass and Kintetsu Rail Pass in Australia
Kintetsu International belongs to the travel arm of the Kintetsu Group, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate which operates a major Japanese rail system, bus & freight forwarding companies, department stores, restaurants & hotel chains. We have more than 150 offices in Japan and more than 40 overseas offices worldwide. Utilising our global network, we guide our customers to every location around the globe with quality and dependable services.