Mt. Showa Shinzan was created from an eruption of Mt. Usu in 1944. A popular tourist attraction, this solid dome of lava is 407 meters above sea level and has been designated as a natural monument.
When I stayed at Lake Toya, I could see Showa Shinzan from my hotel window. There is steam constantly blowing from the volcano.
The few times I ventured outside, I had to dress warmly! Here I am standing next to a shimekazari, the decoration many businesses put on their door at New Year's for good luck.
After being in the cold outdoors, it was nice to go back to my comfortable room which included Western-style beds and a tatami platform with a table where I could work or sit and talk.
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