The Power of Mother Nature

The fuming caldera of Aso Volcano

By Nicole Bauer   Jun 24, 2014 - 1 min read

Aso Volcano in central Kyushu is one of the largest calderas in the world, measuring roughly 20 kilometers in diameter. While a large part oft the caldera has turned into fertile soil (a blessing for the area’s agriculture), the volcanic activity is more than visible; you can hear it and you can even smell it. There are several craters inside Aso Caldera and Naka-dake is the active one, constantly fuming and releasing toxic gases. You don’t have to worry though, as access to the viewing platform is only granted when it's safe. Hey, we are in Japan!

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Nicole Bauer

Nicole Bauer @Nicole Bauer

Travelling abroad to discover new places, getting to know different cultures and learning foreign languages has always been my passion. I was born and raised in Germany; however, for a few years now I've been very lucky to be able to spend my life abroad. I lived for some time in England and Italy before moving to Japan in October 2009. It took me a while to adapt to this very different world; however, travelling up and down the country has helped me to not only adapt, but to actually fall in love with this country Japan. It has also reawakened my interest in photography, so whenever I get a chance I pack my camera and discover something new. Japan is full of beautiful but less well-known places. To make these more discoverable for everybody, I'm very happy to be able to share my stories and photography on this site, and open a world of extraordinary experiences, which would be difficult to find in a guidebook. For any queries regarding Tokyo as a travel destination or any of my published articles, please feel free to contact me.