Japan's 118 volcanoes

Japan has the highest number of active volcanoes in the world, 13% of active volcanoes are located in Japan. There are more than 118 active volcanoes spread across the more than 6,000 islands that make up Japan. These volcanoes are called active because they erupted or showed data of volcanic activity over a period of 10,000 years.

Currently 47 of these volcanoes are constantly monitored, 13 of these volcanoes are at high risk and could erupt. In this article, we are going to see the 5 most dangerous volcanoes in Japan and a complete list of all volcanoes in this beautiful country.

Japan's Most Dangerous Volcanoes

The 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 close to Tokyo, endangering more than 35 million lives.

The 118 volcanoes of Japan

The Mount 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 over 600,000. Sakurajima was an island that erupted in 1914 and formed a peninsula. Sakurajima erupted in 1955 and has been erupting ever since, and every year there are several small explosions.


The Shinmoedake is a volcano located in Kagoshima, it was the secret base of the 1967 James Bond movie villain 007. This volcano erupted in 2008, 2009 and 2011 days after the famous earthquake in the Tohoku region.

The Mount Asama is the most active volcano on Japan's main island (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 these volcanoes erupting.

List of volcanoes in Japan

Finally, here is a list of most volcanoes in Japan and their location and last eruption. The list is not 100% complete and detailed. I hope you enjoyed the article, share it with your friends and leave your comments.

Name Location last eruption
Abu (volcano) Honshu -
Akita-Komaga-Take Honshu 1971
Akita-Yake-Yama Honshu 1997
Akusekijima Ryukyu Islands -
Aogashima Izu Peninsula 1785
Bayonnaise Rocks Izu Peninsula 1970
Kikai boiler Ryukyu Islands 2004
Fukue-jima Kyushu 550 a.C.
Gajajima Ryukyu Islands -
Hachijō-jima Izu Peninsula 1707
Hakkōda Mountains Honshu 1997
Hijiori Honshu 8300 BC ± 1000 years
Hiuchi Honshu 1544
Ibusuki Volcanic Field Kyushu 885
Iriomote-jima Ryukyu Islands 1924
Iwaki Honshu 1863
Iwate Honshu 1919
Izu-Tobu Honshu 1989
Iōtorishima Ryukyu Islands 1968
Kanpu Honshu 750 AC
Kogajajima Ryukyu Islands -
Kuchinoerabu-jima Ryukyu Islands 2015
Kuchinoshima - -
Kurikoma Honshu 1950
Kurose Hole Izu Peninsula -
Kōzu-shima Izu Peninsula 838
lake kuttara Hokkaido -
Lake Mashu Hokkaido -
lake shikotsu Hokkaido Holocene
Megata Honshu 2050 AC
Mikura-jima Izu Peninsula 3450 AC
Miyake-jima Izu Peninsula 2010
Mount Adatara Honshu 1990
Mount Akagi Honshu -
Mount Asahi (Daisetsuzan) Hokkaido 1739
Mount Asama Honshu 2009
Mount Aso Kyushu 2016[1]
Mount Azuma Honshu 1977
Mount Bandai Honshu 1888
Mount Chokai Honshu 1974
Mount Fuji Honshu 1707
Mount Hachimantai Honshu -
Mount Hakone Honshu 950 BC ± 100 years
Mount Haku Honshu 1659
Mount Haruna Honshu 550 ± 10 years
Mount Iō (Shiretoko) Hokkaido 1936
Mount Kirishima Kyushu 2011[2][3]
mount kuju Kyushu 1996
Mount Kusatsu-Shirane Honshu 1989
Mount Meakan Hokkaido 2008
mount Mutsuhiuchi Honshu Pleistocene
Mount Myōko Honshu 2360 BC ± 150 years
Mount Nantai Honshu -
Mount Nasu Honshu 1963
Mount Niigatayake Honshu 1998
Mount Nikko-Shirane Honshu 1890
Mount Norikura Honshu 6870 BC ± 500 years
Mount Ontake Honshu 2014
Mount Osore Honshu 1787
Mount Rausu Hokkaido 1880
Mount Rishiri Hokkaido 5830 AC
Mount Shiretoko Hokkaido 200000 AC
Mount Tate Honshu 1858
Mount Tateshina Honshu -
Mount Tsurumi Kyushu 867
Mount Unzen Kyushu 1996
Mount Yake Honshu 1995
Mount Yotei Hokkaido 1050 a.C.
Mount Zao Honshu 1940
Myōjin-shō Izu Peninsula -
Narugo Honshu 837
Nigorigawa Hokkaido Pleistocene
Nii-jima Izu Peninsula 886
Nipesotsu-Maruyama Volcanic Group Hokkaido 1899
Niseko Hokkaido 4050 BC
Numazawa Honshu 2980 BC ± 150 years
Oki-Dogo Honshu -
Omanago Group Honshu -
Oshima Hokkaido 1790
Otake (Naka-no-shima) Ryukyu Islands 1949
Sakura-jima Kyushu 2016 [4]
Sanbe Group Honshu 1760 BC ± 150 years
Shiga Honshu -
Shikaribatsu Volcanic Group Hokkaido Holocene
Shinmoedake Kyushu 2011
Shiribetsu Hokkaido Holocene
Shōwa-shinzan Hokkaido 1945
Sumiyoshi Pond Kyushu 4550 AC
Suwanosejima Ryukyu Islands 2007
Takahara Honshu 4570 AC
To-shima Izu Peninsula 4050 BC
Tori-shima Izu Peninsula 2002
Towada Honshu 915
Washiba-Kumontaira Honshu 4000 a.C.
Yokoate-jima Ryukyu Islands 1835 ± 30 years
Oshima Izu Peninsula 1990

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