I recently traveled around Hokkaido, and wish to share the photos I took in the national parks, complete with alt-text descriptions for the visually impaired. Click on the pictures to see them at full size. Enjoy!
This is all in Shikotsu-Toya National Park.
Yoteizan, also known as Makkarinupuri (Ainu name) and Ezo-Fuji (‘Ezo’ is the old Japanese name for Hokkaido, and ‘Fuji’ … I think you can figure that one out), as seen from Nakayama Pass.
This building was busted by the 2000 eruption of Mt. Usu.
There is Nakajima, the set of islands in the center of Lake Toya.
A close up of the islands in the lake.
This park is famous for being one of the last wild habitats of a rare endangered native species known as the cosplayer (okay. there was just an anime and manga convention at Lake Toya that day).
Sunset at Lake Toya.
This is ‘Hell Valley’
Panorama of Hell Valley (Noboribetsu Onsen)
This is the iron pool – as you can see, iron ore is building up on the side. (Noboribetsu Onsen)
This is Oyunuma, which is 50 degrees Celcius at the surface, 130 degrees at the bottom (this lake is 22 meters deep), and it is the largest body of hot water in all of Japan. (Noboribetsu Onsen)
This is the BEST FOOTBATH IN JAPAN! And it was made by nature – this stream flows from Oyunuma, is naturally hot, and you can just dip your feet in. It is way better than artificial footbaths.
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“Yoteizan, also known as Makkarinupuri (Ainu name) and Ezo-Fuji (‘Ezo’ is the old Japanese name for Hokkaido, and ‘Fuji’ … I think you can figure that one out)”
I’m sorry to say I couldn’t figure it out! Without searching the web for a while.
For anyone wondering: apparently many symmetrical Japanese volcanoes are named after the famous Mount Fuji near Tokyo.
Unluckily for me I searched for the meaning of “Fuji” under Mount Fuji, and there’s no clear answer to that. It did cross my mind that it might be a homage to Mount Fuji, but that was only one of several possibilities. It could have meant “mountain”, in which case the English name “Mount Fuji” would have been silly, but that happens. Or it could have meant something common like “tall” or “white” or “hood”. Or you could have mentioned the meaning before, but I didn’t see it.
Anyway, nice photo report!
It’s kind of interesting that a mountain is named after another. It happens a lot in the US for cities, but I can’t think of an example for mountains or rivers etc.
Ah, it was not as obvious as I thought it was. Yes, Japanese have a tendency to call any mountain which looks like Mt. Fuji a “ｆuji”. It is related to Shinto religion – Mt. Fuji is a sacred mountain, so people liked to have a local Fuji to worship if they were far from Mt. Fuji itself. Someone once asked me why Mt. Asahi (which will appear in the last post this week) is not a -fuji even though it is a volcano and the highest mountain in Hokkaido. I responded that, even though it is a volcano, it does not look like Mt. Fuji (maybe it looks like a Fuji which almost got cut into halves).
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