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Mt. Unzen, Nagasaki Prefecture: Address, Mt. Unzen Reviews: 4/5

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Very good

Andrew M
7,160 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
We traveled to Unzen from Shimabara and stayed overnight. The Shimatetsu Bus to Unzen is the easiest method of travel. It takes approx. 40 minutes, and departs the Shimabara Bus Station. Buses depart am average once per hour throughout the day, but do not run very late. The shared taxi from Unzen to Nita Pass costs 430 yen one way and 860 yen return. The shared taxi should be arranged the previous day if possible. Any hotel in Unzen will assist you in arranging the taxi. The taxi departs three times daily from the Mount Unzen Visitor Center which is located at the end of Hell ( 5 minute walk from Unzen Square). The departure times are 9am, 11am and 2pm. The return times of the taxis from the Nita Pass, are 10:20am, 12:20pm and 3:20pm. The trip by taxi takes approx. 30 minutes, and faciltates a ride on the ropeway, short walk to the temple a few photos and then return. For those who are interested in hiking to Unzen peak, this return trip will have to be properly planned. I suggest depart at 9am from Unzen, and book the 12:20pm return. A brisk walk to the summit of Unzen, can be done from Nita Pass and back in a little over 2 hours i.e. start walking at 9:30am return by 12pm.

Once arriving at the Nita Pass, use the bathroom at the parking lot, as there are no bathroom facilities on the mountain. Carry your garbage back with you to dispose of at the Nita Pass Rope Station, as there are no garbage bins on the mountain.There is a small shop in the parking lot, and a gift shop below the ropeway station. The hike to Unzen begins on the path to the right of the Ropeway Station, through the wooden torii gate. Walking maps are not required, but it would be good to study the map at the Mountain Trail Information booth, which is located at the Ropeway Station.

The hike gets gradually more difficult, starting with a slight downward path, and gradually turning to an exercise of clambering over stones on narrow paths. The views from the top are worth the effort.
Written October 17, 2017
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Morten G
Western Norway, Norway49 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
You can get up to the mountain be taking the Ropeway from Nita Pass, or just walk one of the many trails going from Nita pass. Be aware that the ropeway will be closed if there ar a lot of wind.

The first view you get when getting at the first mountain top of Myokendake is just amazing. The nature is everywhere around you, as well as some majestic views over the area covering Unzen.

The trail is splitted up in a few diffrent paths, where some of the paths can only be walked one way as they are small and in areas there can be dangerus to walk. Be sure to follow all warnings as you walk the path.

I recommend to walk the full path, and you will not regret it as long as the wheater is nice. Be aware that it will take you a few hours to walk the full path.

The nature is just stunning, and with an active vulcano in the background giving out smoke, just gives this trip an even better filling. And how cool isnt it to tell everyone you have been walking on a active vulcano?

The best pictures of the vulcano is taken from Mt Fugen, and this is a most be place whatever you choose the long path or the small path.

This is one of the most do things when you are vissiting the area around Mt. Unzen.
Recommended for everyone who have no problems walking for a few hours.
Written April 6, 2016
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Sunshine Coast, Australia394 contributions
Feb 2012 • Couples
Visited this early this year, it was basically an active volcano, It was a bit creepy thinking it only erupted a few years ago and swallowed up heaps of homes, we visited these homes, which was interesting. But as for the volcano I would have been happy to view it from afar.
Written September 23, 2012
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Singapore, Singapore231 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
Nice hike from the top of the ropeway to Mt Fugen-dake, where the active peak of Heisei-Shinzan can be viewed quite closely, The view from the top is also quite nice, and you can take in all of Unzen Peninsula on a clear day. The hike is not too difficult, but there are a lot of elevation changes, which requires a bit of climbing up and down. Note that some of the steps have worn away, so watch your footing. There is also a short section where some scrambling over a boulder is required, although a chain rope is provided. Hiking boots/shoes are highly recommended.
Written January 11, 2019
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Kingston, Canada53 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
The Memorial Park is located in the urban area of the City of Shimabara, about 1.5 to 2 hours drive east of Nagasaki, Japan. It is one of many volcano related tourist spots that make-up the Unzen Volcanic Area Global Geopark which is located on the Shimabara Peninsula. Shimabara is on the east edge of the Geopark.

The Memorial Park is an area where several houses, buried by debris flows from the Heisei Eruption in August 1992, have been preserved for viewing. A particularly large house and two others have actually been preserved in a specially designed building, whereas the others are in the open air.

What makes the preservation of these houses so interesting is that the debris flows at this location were just enough to engulf the homes to the edges of the roofs or somewhat below. That allows for a very unique view as visitors walk on the surface of the debris flow, but also at the level of the roofs which are now exposed at ground level. It's a great way to see roof architecture and construction methods.

Entry to the Park is free and there are information boards in English. Road signage to the Park is not the best so be sure to have a good road map of the City. There are several other nearby spots to visit such as a school that was also in the path of the debris flows.
Written May 7, 2018
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