Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group

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Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group
Nutapukaushipe or Nutaku Kamushupe
A view from Biei town
Highest point
Peak Mount Asahi
Elevation 2,290 m (7,510 ft)
Coordinates 43°39′N 142°51′E / 43.650°N 142.850°E / 43.650; 142.850Coordinates: 43°39′N 142°51′E / 43.650°N 142.850°E / 43.650; 142.850
Etymology big snowy mountains
Native name 大雪山系 Daisetsu-zankei
Country Japan
State Hokkaidō
Region Kamikawa subprefecture
Biome alpine climate
Orogeny island arc
Period Quaternary
Type of rock volcanic

The Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group (大雪山系 Daisetsu-zankei?, also called Taisetsu-zan) is a volcanic group of peaks arranged around the 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide Ohachi-Daira (御鉢平 Ohachi-daira?) caldera in Hokkaidō, Japan. In the Ainu language it is known as Nutapukaushipe[1] or Nutaku Kamushupe.[2] These peaks are the highest in Hokkaidō. The group lends its name to the Daisetsuzan National Park in which the volcanic group is located.


The volcanic group lies at the north end of the Daisetsu-Tokachi graben[2] on the Kurile arc of the Pacific ring of fire. The volcanic zone makes itself known through a number of fumaroles and natural hot springs.

List of mountains by height[edit]

The following peaks make up the volcanic group:

Name Height Type
Mount Asahi (旭岳 Asahi-dake?) 2,290 metres (7,510 ft) stratovolcano
Mount Hokuchin (北鎮岳 Hokuchin-dake?) 2,244 metres (7,362 ft) lava dome
Mount Hakuun (白雲岳 Hakuun-dake?) 2,230.0 metres (7,316.3 ft) lava dome
Mount Kuma (熊ヶ岳, Kuma-ga-dake?) 2,210 metres (7,250 ft) stratovolcano
Mount Pippu (比布岳 Pippu-dake?) 2,197 metres (7,208 ft) volcanic
Mount Mamiya (間宮岳 Mamiya-dake?) 2,185 metres (7,169 ft) caldera rim
Mount Koizumi (小泉岳 Koizumi-dake?) 2,158 metres (7,080 ft) stratovolcano
Mount Hokkai (北海岳 Hokkai-dake?) 2,149 metres (7,051 ft) caldera rim
Mount Nokogiri (鋸岳 Nokogiri-dake?) 2,142 metres (7,028 ft) volcanic
Mount Matsuda (松田岳 Matsuda-dake?) 2,136 metres (7,008 ft) caldera rim
Mount Ryōun (凌雲岳 Ryōun-dake?) 2,125 metres (6,972 ft) lava dome
Mount Naka (中岳 Naka-dake?) 2,113 metres (6,932 ft) caldera rim
Mount Aibetsu (愛別岳 Aibetsu-dake?) 2,112.7 metres (6,931 ft) volcanic
Mount Aka (赤岳 Aka-dake?) 2,078.5 metres (6,819 ft) stratovolcano
Mount Eboshi (烏帽子岳 Eboshi-dake?) 2,072 metres (6,798 ft) stratovolcano
Mount Goshiki (五色岳 Goshiki-dake?) 2,038 metres (6,686 ft) -
Mount Midori (緑岳 Midori-dake?) 2,019.9 metres (6,627 ft) -
Mount Kuro (黒岳 Kuro-dake?) 1,984.3 metres (6,510 ft) lava dome
Mount Nagayama (水山岳 Nagayama-dake?) 1,978 metres (6,490 ft) stratovolcano
Mount Keigetsu (桂月岳 Keigetsu-dake?) 1,938 metres (6,358 ft) lava dome

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Geographical Survey Institute website (Japanese), last access 1 July 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Global Volcanism Program - Daisetsu". Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 2008-07-01.