Japan has the largest number of active volcanoes in the world, 13% of the active volcanoes are located in Japan. There are more than 118 active volcanoes spread over the more than 6 thousand islands that form Japan. These volcanoes are called active because they erupted or showed data on volcanic activity over the 10,000-year period.
Currently 47 of these volcanoes are monitored constantly, 13 of these volcanoes are at high risk and could erupt. In this article, we will see the 5 most dangerous volcanoes in Japan and a complete list of all volcanoes in this beautiful country.
Japan's most dangerous volcanoes
O Mount Fuji (富士山 - Fujisan) has erupted 16 times since 781. That's an average of once every 76 years. The last eruption was in 1708. Mount Fuji is located near Tokyo, endangering more than 35 million lives.
O Monte Aso it is one of the largest volcanoes in the world - its caldera is 120 kilometers in circumference. An eruption 90,800 years ago released 600 km³ of lava and debris. An eruption of this size today would have devastating consequences that extend far beyond Japan's borders. To learn more about this volcano read our article clicking here.
Sakurajima (桜島) is a volcano located a few meters from the city of Kagoshima with a population of more than 600 thousand inhabitants. Sakurajima was an island that erupted in 1914 and formed a peninsula. Sakurajima erupted in 1955 and has since been erupting, and several small explosions occur every year.
O Shinmoedake is a volcano located in Kagoshima, he was the secret base of the 1967 Bond movie villain 007. This volcano erupted in 2008, 2009 and 2011 days after the famous earthquake in the Tohoku region.
O Mount Asama is the most active volcano on the main island of Japan (Honshu), it is close to Tokyo, Gunma and Nagano. Mount Asama erupted in 1783 and later and became quite active after 1982, causing fires, etc.
Volcanoes is one of the causes of Japan having so many earthquakes, while earthquakes can be the cause of the eruption of these volcanoes.
List of volcanoes in Japan
Finally, a list of most of Japan's volcanoes and their location and last eruption follows. The list is not 100% complete and detailed. I hope you enjoyed the article, share it with friends and leave your comments.
|Bayonnaise Rocks||Izu Peninsula||1970|
|Caldera Kikai||Ryukyu Islands||2004|
|Hijiori||Honshu||8300 BC ± 1000 years|
|Ibusuki Volcanic Field||Kyushu||885|
|Kurose Hole||Izu Peninsula||-|
|Mikura-jima||Izu Peninsula||3450 BC|
|Mount Asahi (Daisetsuzan)||Hokkaido||1739|
|Mount Hakone||Honshu||950 BC ± 100 years|
|Mount Haruna||Honshu||550 ± 10 years|
|Mount Iō (Shiretoko)||Hokkaido||1936|
|Mount Myōkō||Honshu||2360 BC ± 150 years|
|Mount Norikura||Honshu||6870 BC ± 500 years|
|Mount Rishiri||Hokkaido||5830 BC|
|Mount Shiretoko||Hokkaido||200000 BC|
|Mount Yōtei||Hokkaido||1050 BC|
|Nipesotsu-Maruyama Volcanic Group||Hokkaido||1899|
|Numazawa||Honshu||2980 BC ± 150 years|
|Otake (Naka-no-shima)||Ryukyu Islands||1949|
|Sanbe Group||Honshu||1760 BC ± 150 years|
|Shikaribetsu Volcanic Group||Hokkaido||Holocene|
|To-shima||Izu Peninsula||4050 BC|
|Yokoate-jima||Ryukyu Islands||1835 ± 30 years|