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The other side of Biei - or how to hike up a volcano in 2 hours

The other side of Biei - or how to hike up a volcano in 2 hours.

The very aptly named \"blue pond\"

Today I decided to make a bit of a detour on my way to Sapporo to go and visit a couple of places I had been recommended.
I first headed to the gBlue pondh (Aoi Ike), 15 minutes outside of Biei on the road to Shirogane Onsen. The place was absolutely breathtaking, I had never seen water of this colour before. Itfs apparently due to minerals in the water. It was such a harmonious place - I staid there for half an hour, just looking at the still water and the reflection of the trees in it.

This is the water's true colour - I swear

I then continued towards Tokachidake, a volcano not far away. A very active volcano in fact - 80 years ago it destroyed a neighbouring town when it erupted. Along the way I stopped at a viewing point where you can actually walk on the lava from the last eruption. Itfs amazing to things that hundreds of years of tress were destroyed not so long ago, and even more amazing to be walking on the debris.

View of Takachidake and the last eruption, 80 years ago. I'm actually standing on it as well.

Amazing views of Hokkaido from the view point

view of Takachidake from the start of the hike

View near the top

After that I drove straight to Sapporo, only stopping once in the 3 hour journey to have a little walk at Sandantaki waterfall.

Sandantaki waterfall

Daily Quiz
The deadline for answering the quiz question for day 4 has passed.

The Kirishima Mountains once served as a filming location in a movie featuring which fictional character?

0%   Inspector Clouseau
0%   Indiana Jones
93%   James Bond
2%   Jack Bauer
4%   None of the above

The correct answer is: James Bond

A considerable portion of the 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice was shot in Kagoshima Prefecture. Ernst Blofeld's base was located in one of the volcanoes of the Kirishima Mountains.

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