Exploring Spectacular Volcanoes in Asia
“Remind me that the most fertile lands were built by the fires of volcanoes.” – Andrea Gibson
Asia is known to be a collection of lands with bountiful sights of nature. The continent is peppered with rich marine and forest life and has been known to be a myriad of wonderful and picturesque sceneries that both locals and tourists can marvel at. Considering this, one can readily assume that Asia would have its prolific share of volcanoes all over the region and if you happen to be in any Asian country, a visit to see even just one of these natural towering heights should be in your itinerary. After all, it is not every day that you can get to admire the natural majesty of the earth so you might as well immerse yourself in the experience while you get the chance.
However, not all volcanoes are created alike. Some are active while there are dormant ones as well, there are some that would stand more imposing than the rest while there are a few with interesting qualities about them as well. If you are seeking to visit the five most spectacular volcanoes in Asia however, take a gander at the list below for reference.
Hallasan, South Korea
Considered as South Korea’s highest mountain, Mount Hallasan stands approximately 1,950 meters above sea level at the volcanic cluster of Jejudo. Hallasan is a shield volcano and apart from that, it is also a designated national park. It is known to be one of the three mountains in South Korea with Seorakasan and Jirisan as the other two. Mount Hallasan is also commonly worshipped by people as they are of the belief that gods and spirits reside on it. Apart from admiring the volcano, the national park hosts 4000 animal and 1800 plant species that thrive on the mountain throughout the year and would create a very scenic picture of the mountain. Before heading out, make it a point to check out the Crater Lake Baekrokkdam first which is located at the top. Literally translating as “Hundred Deer Lake, the place inspired folklore about fairies descending from the sky to play with white deer. If you are daunted by the inevitable hike required to reach to the top, you would be pleased to know that Hallasan is a relatively easy climb with a 10km climbing course that can be completed in a day.
The Philippines has its fair share of active and dormant volcanoes with each having its own corresponding activities. In fact, the Mayon volcano which is known to be the volcano with the most perfect cone has an ATV ride in the Philippines. However, if there is one volcano you should see in the Philippines, it should be the Taal Volcano which tourists and locals regularly flock to. Their fascination stems from the fact that this volcano is often described as “an island within a lake within an island within a lake” and apart from that, the Taal volcano is listed as one of the sixteen most dangerous volcanoes of the world. If you choose to trek up and see the volcano from up close rather than admire it from afar, you would be incredibly rewarded. If you stand at the rim of the volcano while looking around the 360-degree panorama, you will get a breathtaking view in every direction from the lake to the mountains and great landscapes and to the center which is the volcano itself.
Mount Fuji, Japan
No list of must-visit or spectacular volcanoes in Asia would be complete without mentioning Mount Fuji from Japan. In fact, Mount Fuji is recognized as a national icon for its majestic and regal look and its towering height—standing at 3,776 meters marking it as Japan’s tallest mountain. Undoubtedly, Mount Fuji is the premiere spot for postcard-worthy and “instragammable” picture shots, but the mountain also plays host for extreme sports or for adrenaline seekers. In fact, around 200,000 people would scale the mountain in a four-to-eight-hour climb during the summer. Apart from the extreme sports offered, paragliding bases and schools can also be found at the fifth station Gotemba parking lot.
Mount Bromo, Indonesia
For an incredibly picturesque and panoramic view, East Java’s Mount Bromo would be the most ideal pick. The volcano features round-the-clock volcanic action and stunning vistas. It spews sulfuric smoke and would often be seen engulfed in swirling mist—perfect for your photo sessions. However, all these come at a price as Mount Bromo is not exactly a safe bet considering two tourists were killed by rocks from an explosion in 2004. However, rest assured, it is one of the most visited spots of Indonesia and is relatively accessible by a jeep ride from the nearby village.
After recovering tremendously from a catastrophic explosion in 1991, Mount Pinatubo remarkably rose to the top as a premier extreme sports location which makes the mountain a prime spot for adventure enthusiasts and thrill-seekers. In fact, the catastrophic explosion had resulted to an opportunity for cashing in with the city surrounding the volcano feeding off tourism generated by the legendary eruption. So, for individuals with a penchant for adventure and extreme trekking, Angeles city would offer packages catering to the same which would feature off-road driving packages off the lahar flows (giant mudflows of volcanic materials).