Located on the Gunma-Nagano border, Mount Asama is one of Japan's most active volcanoes. The wide variety of alpine wildlife against the volcanic landscape creates some truly spectacular sights. Black rocks, created by hardened lava, punctuate the landscape. There are even rare types of plants that flourish year-round; goblin gold moss is one such species, in spring and autumn. Goblin gold is especially unique for its endangered status and the park is one of the few places in the world where it grows.
The current park landscape is a result of an eruption in 1783. The name Onioshidashi comes from that powerful eruption. The name of the park translates to "pushing the demon out" and legend says that a demon lived on Mount Asama and the eruption vanquished the terrible fiend.
Local legends aside, the volcanic rocks that have become to resembled a sea cover an area of 6.8 square kilometers. Some of these jagged rocks are even taller than a human. No matter which season you choose to visit the park in, you'll be treated to beautiful and haunting scenery. From the snow-capped jagged landscape to the gentle greens of spring and summer, and the golds and reds of autumn, you can be sure to have many memorable photographs in your collection after a visit to Onioshidashi Volcanic Park.
While you're in the area, be sure to visit Asamayama Kannondo Temple. Built in 1958, this relatively modern temple was built as a tribute to the victims of the 1783 eruption. This bright red temple is a branch temple of Kaneiji Temple in Tokyo and people often pray here to ward off evils or keep bad luck at bay.
A 35-minute bus ride from Karuizawa Station to Onioshidashi Park.
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