Mount Rausu

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Mount Rausu
140828 Mount Rausu Shiretoko Hokkaido Japan01s3.jpg
View from Sea of Okhotsk (August 2014)
Highest point
Elevation 1,660.4 m (5,448 ft) [1]
Listing List of mountains in Japan
List of volcanoes in Japan
100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Coordinates 44°4′33″N 145°7′21″E / 44.07583°N 145.12250°E / 44.07583; 145.12250Coordinates: 44°4′33″N 145°7′21″E / 44.07583°N 145.12250°E / 44.07583; 145.12250[1]
Mount Rausu is located in Japan
Mount Rausu
Mount Rausu
Location of Mount Rausu in Japan.
Location Hokkaidō, Japan
Parent range Shiretoko Peninsula
Topo map Geospatial Information Authority 25000:1 羅臼
25000:1 知床峠
50000:1 羅臼
Age of rock Holocene[2]
Mountain type Stratovolcano
Volcanic arc/belt Kuril arc [3]
Last eruption 1800 ± 50 years[2]
Easiest route Scramble[3]

Mount Rausu (羅臼岳 Rausu-dake?) is a stratovolcano on the Shiretoko Peninsula on Hokkaidō, Japan. It sits on the border between the towns of Shari and Rausu. Mount Rausu is the northeastern most Holocene volcano on Hokkaidō.[2] It is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan.

Viewd from the SSW.
The mountains of Shiretoko Peninsula from Mount Rausu (July 2007). In the foreground is Mitsumine, in the middle field is Mount Sashirui, and in the background is Mount Iō.

Mount Rausu's opening festival is held annually on July 3. This day officially opens the climbing season.[3]

In the past 2200 years it is believed that Mount Rausu erupted thrice, with a Plinian Eruption roughly 1400 years ago and a pyroclastic flow about 500 years ago.[4]



  1. ^ a b Geospatial Information Authority map 25000:1 羅臼, last access May 23, 2008
  2. ^ a b c "Rausu". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  3. ^ a b c Hunt, Paul (1988). Hiking in Japan: An Adventurer's Guide to the Mountain Trails (First ed.). Tokyo: Kodansha International Ltd. pp. 11, 201. ISBN 0-87011-893-5. 
  4. ^ 神沼克伊,小山悦郎 日本の火山を科学する 日本列島津々浦々、あなたの身近にある108の活火山とは? ソフトバンククリエイティブ 2011. ISBN 978-4797361308.
  5. ^ "Shiretoko National Park". Ministry of the Environment (Japan). Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Cruising Tour of Shiretoko, Newly Registered Natural World Heritage". Hiragana Times. YAC Planning Inc. November 2005. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 

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