Jigoku-Dani (Hell Valley) Shikotsu-Toya National Park Hokkaido, Japan
Even with such an ominous name, hell valley was definitely one of the most beautiful places in Hokkaido! The colours of the exposed minerals were spectacular and vibrant even on a gloomy foggy day. An added benefit was the steam from the vents just seems to blend perfectly with the fog and adds to the atmosphere. The massive 450m crater was formed 20,000 years ago when Mount Kuttara erupted. I have to say, I have grown to like volcanos and how photogenic they are. It reminds me of the great Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike that I did in North Island, New Zealand. It seems as though the places that could kill you are also often the most beautiful!
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