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Mt. Iou (atusa-nupuri）
Mt. Iou is a 512-meter-high active volcano. It is rich in sulfur, a high-quality mining resource. The Meiji era (1868-1912) attracted attention as a raw material for matches, gunpowder, and trading with foreign countries to earn foreign currency. At the foot of Mt. Iou, lumps of sulfur have turned into yellowish crystals, and steam spews out of the ground. The smoke was so hot it could melt the shoes, and be careful not to touch them. Despite the harsh environment, the Ezo azalea blooms beautifully in June and July, and guided walks are held early in the morning every year during the season.
Teshikaga cho, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido 088-3200
There is a paid parking lot for about 100 cars. The smell of sulfur is strong in some places, so bring a handkerchief or towel to cover your nose.
About 1 hour and 10 minutes by car from Nemuro Nakashibetsu Airport
From JR Kawayu-onsen Station, take the Kussharo Bus for about 5 minutes
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