Mount Tarumae

Mount Tarumae
Mount Tarumae seen from the SSE.jpg
Seen from the SSE
Highest point
Elevation1,041 m (3,415 ft) [1]
ListingList of mountains and hills of Japan by height
List of volcanoes in Japan
Coordinates42°41′24″N 141°22′41″E / 42.69000°N 141.37806°E / 42.69000; 141.37806Coordinates: 42°41′24″N 141°22′41″E / 42.69000°N 141.37806°E / 42.69000; 141.37806[2]
LocationHokkaidō, Japan
Parent rangeNasu Volcanic Zone
Topo mapGeographical Survey Institute (国土地理院, Kokudochiriin) 50000:1 樽前山, 25000:1 樽前山, 25000:1 風不死岳
Mountain typeCaldera
Volcanic arc/beltNortheastern Japan Arc
Last eruption1982[3]
Easiest routeHike

Mount Tarumae (樽前山, Tarumae-zan) is located in the Shikotsu-Toya National Park in Hokkaidō, Japan. It is located near both Tomakomai and Chitose towns and can be seen clearly from both. It is on the shores of Lake Shikotsu, a caldera lake. Tarumae is a 1,041 metre active andesitic stratovolcano, with a lava dome.


Mount Tarumae erupting in 1909.

The most recent eruption, in 1982, was a phreatic eruption.[4] Previous major eruptions have occurred in 1667, 1739 (plinian eruption of VEI 5[5]), and 1909. The 1667 and 1739 eruptions were responsible for its present shape. Other eruptions were in 1919–21, 1923, 1926, 1933, 1936, 1944, 1951, 1953–55, and 1978.[6]

Tarumae is an 'A' rank volcano — most likely to erupt in the relatively near future.[4]

Hokkaido Natural Monument

Designated as a Hokkaido Natural Monument, it is popular as an easy climb for hikers who may start at the seventh station and then take an hour to reach the crater.

At the foot of Tarumae on the north-west side one can find an impressive moss-covered cavern (Koke-no-domon).



  1. ^ Geographical Survey Institute
  2. ^ Mt. Tarumae
  3. ^ Tarumae Volcano - Geological Survey of Japan
  4. ^ a b "Volcano Field Trip". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2007-10-02.
  5. ^ "Enlightenment activities for improvement on disasters from Tarumae Volcano, Japan". Cities on Volcanoes. January 2006. pp. 4, 23–27. Archived from the original (doc) on 2012-04-27.
  6. ^ "GEOPHYSICAL OBSERVATIONS IN TARUMAI VOLCANO, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN" (doc). Makoto Tamura Geological Survey of Hokkaido.

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