Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Usuzan Ropeway

Usuzan Ropeway
basic information

Mount Usu (Usuzan) is a volcano which has erupted four times in the past 100 years. Its most recent eruption occurred in the year 2000.

The Usuzan Ropeway brings you close to the volcano's summit. The upper station's observation deck offers panoramic views of Lake Toya and neighboring Showa Shinzan. From a second observation deck a short walk away, there are views of the ocean and Mount Usu's largest crater, which was formed in an eruption in 1977.

A walking path connects Mount Usu's summit with the volcano's west crater, which was formed during the eruption of 2000. The walk takes about an hour one way.

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how to get there

The ropeway departs from "Kazan-Mura", a small town of souvenir shops at the foot of Showa Shinzan. From Toyako Onsen, it can be reached in 10 minutes by car or 15 minutes by bus (330 yen, four buses/day, no service during winter).

How to get to and around Lake Toya

hours and fees

Hours:9:00 to 16:00 (longer hours during summer)
Closed:A few weeks in January and February
Admission:1450 yen

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