Mt. Usu

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fizzy1991
Nashville, TN5,980 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Not much to see on a rainy day. These two volcanoes are in the same area and worth a look on a nice day. There is also a trail you can take around one side of the volcano on a nice day.
Written 6 May 2024
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457jo
Texas43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This place is a must go! We walked to the base of the mountain where you can get a cable car up to the top. Great views overall and the first time I’ve been on a “live” volcano. Couldn’t do the walk around the crater as the trail was covered in 3 feet of snow but still worth the visit
Written 17 March 2023
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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore5,280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Mount Usu and Shōwa-shinzan are major tourist attractions in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. A ropeway on Mount Usu takes visitors to viewing platforms overlooking Shōwa-shinzan. Unlike some whom hiked up, we were with a tour gp and took the ropeway up.. Just near the top station there is a Mt Usu café and we followed the crowd to get our hot kohi at 450Yen, to enjoy at the high altitude of 1370m. There is an established Viewing Platform Terrace which is the most elaborate and functional I have came across; there are sofa seats and even some tables, all outdoor. What a way to enjoy the Lake Toya & Shows shinzan at leisure!
Noted that there is a second observation deck a short walk away to view the Usu crater basin, which we did not venture to. we just hang around and chill out at the cold Autumn breezed passed us. Slightly more than 30 mins and we took the ropeway down.
Written 9 November 2022
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Bill S
Big Bear Lake, CA2,634 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
A wonderful hike on a very well maintained trail. Very hard to get lost with all the trail signs and amazingly beautiful. Once you reach the rim the hike becomes a little easier. You will not run out views to take pictures of. Besides the active volcano you also have great views of the Pacific Ocean. If you hike all the way to the Ropeway you have a totally different view of Lake Toya and a nice little coffee shop.
Written 25 June 2021
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Otto B
Waterloo, Belgium2,103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Coming by local Bus from the Lake Toya we went up the volcano by the Mount Usu Ropeway. Walking to the Usu Crater Basin Observation Deck we had to walk about 250 meters. Was worth the effort!
Written 10 April 2020
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RedPuffins
Brisbane155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We took the local bus from Lake Toya to the ropeway in winter. It's cold on the mountain. Great views though. We didn't spend much time in the village at the foot of the ropeway though.
Written 12 March 2020
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hly
Arcadia, CA29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
When we went here, it was snowing, windy, extremely cold, and slippery. Because of that, we couldn't really enjoy it. However, we can tell that it would provide a beautiful site on a clear day.
Written 30 December 2019
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Brissy2
Hervey Bay, Australia8,247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We visited Mt Usu via the Usuzan Ropeway. To get up to the Usu Crater Basin Observation Deck you need to walk up (about 300m) of very steep steps – actually 136 steps in total. Once at the top, you can then go on various trails.

Even from the Observation Deck you can actually see the volcanic steam/smoke oozing out of the central crater. Mt Usu erupted 4 times in the 20th century – the last being in 2000 - so it really is a sleeping volcano.
Written 11 July 2019
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Meena S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Even though it was rainy, cloudy, and grey, the view was just amazing. We were worried it would be too expensive to pay 2000 yen to go on the ropeway if it was only a couple minutes, but it was totally worth it. Even without hiking, the view right when you get off the ropeway is spectacular. But if you do go on the hike, you won't regret it. it's definitely a LOT of steps and can get a little steep in some places, so if you have bad knees it might not be a good idea. I'm probably one of the least athletic people I know and I could still do it, just make sure to bring a bottle of water with you. When you first see the long hiking trail, it doesn't really seem like it will be right on the rim of the crater-more like it will go around the rim of the crater and you won't be able to see it. This is just because you don't realize how truly huge the crater is, and be assured that a good portion of the hike literally is the RIM of the crater-it's just a couple feet across and each side leads down. The entire hike yields awesome views, but the viewpoint at the end is just breathtaking and you can see all around. I could see one or two towns, several beaches, the lake, and miles out into the ocean. I think it's one of the best views I've ever seen. Also, there is a bathroom near the end of the hike (but you need to bring your own toilet paper.)
Written 3 September 2018
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KJR10000
Westhoughton, UK417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Really loved this place despite the cloudy weather that restricted what I imagine would be great views. The cable car ride is stunning and takes you to a good place to explore the crater. Any relatively fit person should be able to manage the walk.
Written 1 September 2018
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