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Mount Yotei and Lake Toya on Hokkaido Island, Japan

July 6th, 2010 Category: Lakes, Volcanoes

Japan - June 6th, 2010

Japan - June 6th, 2010

This image shows the western part of the island of Hokkaido, Japan. Most of the island appears green, with some snow-capped mountain ridges. Cities appear greyish in color.

Visible on the left side of the image is Mount Yōtei, an active stratovolcano located in Shikotsu-Toya National Park. It is also called Yezo Fuji or Ezo Fuji, because it resembles the more famous Mount Fuji, as both have a very conical shape. Here the summit of the volcano is capped in white snow, with green slopes below, and ringed by a tan area.

To the south of the volcano is Lake Tōya, a volcanic caldera lake in the same national park. The stratovolcano of Mount Usu lies on the southern rim of the caldera. It is a nearly circular lake with 10 kilometers diameter in the east-west direction and 9 kilometers in the north-south direction. A green island, Nakano-shima, stands out in the middle of the lake’s dark blue waters.

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