This twisted rocky hellscape is complemented nicely by some attractive shrines, cheerful tourists and some darn tasty local brews (They go well with the 'volcanic' spicy ramen). A closer inspection of the rocks reveals various neat lichens and plants, and at one point a cave (apparently) contains a pocket of hikarigoke, or luminescent moss, discovered in 1910 by a visiting junior high school student. Wheee!
Beware, if traveling by bus you had better plan well; they are few and far between in this post-bubble economy. We unfortunately had no time for the nearby Lava Museum enroute from Karuizawa to Manza.
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