Time of year
Stop by here for a while to take some photos with our kids.. Great place to see volcanic mountain up close
Showa-shinzan is nicknamed the "New Mountain" as it was formed in 1944 when Mt Usu erupted. At the time a local postmaster lived nearby and noted the landscape was changing when molten magma had broken through the surface and uplifted the wheat field. He recorded its' growth…
Shōwa-shinzan truly is Japan's newest mountain, forming recently in the last 75 years or so. The park area is small, and you can't actually climb the mountain proper (or at least the barren part as we are technically on the mountain when viewing it from the little park) but it…
Nicely landscaped for tourists to walk ard and take photos. We could get really up close to the mountain. It was a great place for me to explain abt active volcanoes because of the steam that was still escaping from the cracks.
This new volcano is part of the Usuzan volcano system. It started erupting from a field in 1944. As this was during the Great Pacific War, the Japanese government reportedly did not announce the eruption for fear that the mountain would be used as a beacon for American and…