Entry bans around Mt Ontake summit to be lifted


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I remember this happening and being shocked by such a high death toll. It seems most people were struck by large rocks that had been ejected from the volcano. There was a harrowing documentary about a woman who lost her arm but survived the night and was successfully rescued the next day. The summit has been partly accessible for a few years now. I climbed a couple of years ago using the Nigorigo Onsen Route. This is a longer route from the northwest and passes through some stunning ancient forests. The summit is very otherworldly and worth the trip, even if it's just to pay respects. The more popular Imori Kogen route starts with a cable car. It is much shorter and can be done as a fairly easy day hike. You must carry a safety helmet to be allowed on the mountain. There are now several emergency shelters at the summit. If you go stay safe!

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There is something eerily beautiful and otherworldly about volcanoes. I have never been to Japan, but I have been to Haleakala, on Maui, and to Santorini, in the Eastern Mediterranean, the site of the largest volcanic eruption in human history.

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