Since ancient times, most volcanoes are highly regarded as sacred mountains. Their wrath are feared by many, yet their natural and mesmerising beauty have also captivated hearts for centuries and beyond. Here are some volcanoes in beautiful places of Asia. Perhaps beauty is to be feared, no?
1. Mount Fuji, Japan
Mount Fuji is the highest mountain of Japan. It is an active volcano, with the last eruption in 1707. Being almost perfectly symmetrical in shape, Mount Fuji is a sacred mountain to the Japanese, and also hugely popular among tourists and artists. Admiring the mountain is best done during the colder seasons, in the early morning or evening times, where visibility of the mountain is usually the best. If you would like to be closer to the mountain, Mount Fuji will be officially open to climbers during the summer season, between July and August. Other than mountain climbing, you can also admire the view via train. The Fuji Subaru Line provides a nice view up the Fuji stations, where some shops and restaurants are also located. Be sure to stop at the 5th station for a commanding view of the Fuji Five Lakes.
2. Mount Hallasan, Jeju, South Korea
Located on the beautiful island of Jeju, which is one of the most popular destinations for travelers since the hit of the Korean wave. Similar to Mount Fuji, Mount Hallasan is the highest mountain in South Korea. It is also worshiped by the people, who believe that gods and spirits live on the mountain. It is also one of the mountains that are relatively easy to trek. Trekking the mountain and back can be done in a day, subjected to the weather and fitness level. Surrounding Mount Hallasan is the Hallasan National Park, which is the habitat of more a 50 unique species of plants. The mountain also houses the oldest Buddhist temple in Jeju, Gwaneumsa.
3. Mount Agung and Mount Batur
Bali is a beautiful island with a rich culture and friendly locals. Two of the most popular mountains that tourists love to trek up for a peek at the sunrise and scenery are Mount Agung and Mount Batur. Mount Agung is the high mountain in Bali, and it is recommended for more skillful and fit climbers due to the distance and landscape. Mount Batur, on the other hand, is a lot easier to trek. It takes just about 2 hours to trek up the mountain, and it is suitable for novice trekkers too. That being said, do remember that these mountains are both active volcanoes, so please make sure to follow the safety guidelines and regulations during the climb.
Due to the recent alert on Mount Agung, it is not advisable to travel to Bali until further notice. However, let us hope that all these wonderful works of Mother Nature can be preserved as long as possible, along with the safety of the people around them.