We, the Hida-Osaka Tourist Association, promote tourism in Hida-Osaka by putting the spotlight on its local assets, including the eruption of Mt. Ontake, the lava flow with a length of 15 kilometers, waterfall walking trails that are registered as the number-one treasure of Gifu, and carbonated springs that are rare and precious in Japan. We hope that more and more people will appreciate Hida-Osaka’s rich natural wonders, and we wish for “Gifu’s Treasures” to become “Everyone’s Treasures.”
Lava flows are streams of molten rocks that flood the land surface like a river, instead of being broken pieces, when a volcanic eruption occurs. The form of lava flows depend on the magma’s quality and quantity. While smooth textured lava flow can form a volcanic dome, mildly textured lava flow can form volcanic sheets like at the foot of Mt. Fuji. The lava flow at Mt. Ontake represents the latter.
Mt. Ontake is formed by many layers of ejecta, such as a lava flow. The lava flow at Kusakidani Gorge streamed down from Marishitensan peak and covered the Hyouendani area about 60,000 years ago. It stretches about 15 kilometers up to around Gantate area now.
Mountaintop of Mt. Ontake
Lava Flow Lookout
Hida-OntakeGeoparkPrepatory Committee is aiming to register the Hida-Ontake LavaFlow as a Geopark in Japan.
What is a Geopark?
A Geopark is a natural heritage site containing geological and terrain features, rocks, volcanos, and faults. Its territory should be protected and be used for geological research and nature-human relationship education. A Geopark can revitalize tourism at local attractions and create educational sites for science or disaster prevention.
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