Kofuji Crater of Azuma Volcano
|Elevation||1,705 m (5,594 ft)|
|Location||Fukushima, Tōhoku region, Japan|
|Parent range||Azuma Mountain Range|
|Last eruption||December 1977|
It has a conical-shaped crater and as the name "Kofuji" (small Mount Fuji) suggests, the shape of Mount Azuma is like that of Mount Fuji. Mount Azuma's appealing symmetrical crater and the nearby fumarolic area with its many onsen have made it a popular tourist destination.
The Bandai-Azuma Skyline passes just below the crater, allowing visitors to drive to within walking distance of the crater and other various hiking trails on the mountain. There is also a visitor center along the roadway near the crater, where a collection of eateries, facilities, a parking lot, and a stop for buses from Fukushima Station are located.
Each Spring, as the snow melts away, a white rabbit appears on the side of Mount Azuma. The melting snow shaped like a rabbit is known as the 'seeding rabbit' and signals to the people of Fukushima that the farming season has come.
- Takeda T.:Hello! Fukushima, page 68.
- Takeda T.:Fukushima - Today & Tomorrow, page 12.
- 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
- Takeda, Toru; Hishinuma, Tomio; Oguma, Chiyoichi; Takiguchi, R. (July 7, 2001), Fukushima - Today & Tomorrow, Rekishi Shunju Publishing Co., ISBN 4-89757-432-3
- "Azumayama". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution.
Media related to Mount Azuma-kofuji at Wikimedia Commons
- Azumayama - Japan Meteorological Agency (in Japanese)
- "Azumayama: National catalogue of the active volcanoes in Japan" (PDF). - Japan Meteorological Agency
- Azuma Yama - Geological Survey of Japan
- Azumayama: Global Volcanism Program - Smithsonian Institution
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