Mount Adatara

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Mount Adatara
Elevation 1,728 m (5,669 ft)[1]
Mount Adatara is located in Japan
Mount Adatara
Mount Adatara
Fukushima Prefecture, Japan
Range Ōu Mountains
Coordinates 37°38′39″N 140°17′10″E / 37.64417°N 140.28611°E / 37.64417; 140.28611Coordinates: 37°38′39″N 140°17′10″E / 37.64417°N 140.28611°E / 37.64417; 140.28611
Type Stratovolcano
Last eruption September 1996

Mount Adatara (安達太良山 Adatara-yama?) is a stratovolcano on the main island of Honshu in Japan.

It is located about 15 kilometres southwest of the city of Fukushima and east of Mount Bandai. Its last known eruption was in 1996.[1] An eruption in 1900 killed 72 workers at a sulfur mine located in the summit crater.[1]

The mountain is actually multiple volcanoes forming a broad, forested massif. It abuts Mount Azuma, a dormant volcano to the north. The peak is called Minowa-yama. It is the highest peak in the Adatara range, which stretches about 9 km in a north-south direction.[2]

The active summit crater is surrounded by hot springs and fumaroles. Sulfur mining was carried out in the 19th century, and 72 mine workers were killed in an eruption in 1900. Poems about Mount Adatara by Kōtarō Takamura from his book "Chieko-sho" helped make it famous.


  1. ^ a b c "Adatara". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2014-12-30. 
  2. ^ Takeda T., page 92.
  • Takeda, Toru; Hishinuma, Tomio; Kamieda, Kinuyo; Dale, Leigh; Oguma, Chiyoichi (August 10, 1988). Hello! Fukushima - International Exchange Guide Book (1988 ed.). Fukushima City: Fukushima Mimpo Press.