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Monday, January 28, 2013

Mt. Iou (硫黄山)| Akan National Park

Mt. Iou (510m) is in Akan National Park, located in the eastern part of Hokkaido.

How huge the area is! My guests from Singapore were really impressed with our island!!

Mt. Iou means a naked mountain in Ainu language. Yes, it is very naked. Hahaha!

There are more than 1,500 fumaroles or vents on the active volcano and 

the temperature is between 100 to 110℃! Look at the water! It is boiling! 

One of the famous things in this sulfur-filled mountain is steamed eggs heated by the fumes! They are very delicious!!

Sulfur had been produced in this mountain in the 19th century.

Look at the yellow parts. They are all sulfur!! Wow!!

The foot of the mountain is filled with creeping pines. There are a walking path from Kawayu Hot Spring area (川湯温泉地区), and I recommend you to take a walk there in the morning!

Next to the parking lot, there is a souvenir shop.

We can enjoy local souvenirs and hot spring goods, but as it was very hot...................

we rushed over the food corner, and ate the most popular ice cream, which is ...............

Hokkaido melon soft ice cream. Hahaha! Yummy x 2!!!

Just for reference, when you come here during the winter time, the scenery is like this↓

The mountain has different characters in each season! How wonderful it is!!

■Where is "Mt. Iou (硫黄山)"?

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