Eruption of Mt. Ontake

Japan National Tourism Organization

Still current at: 1 February 2015
Updated: 21 October 2014

Mt. Ontake, a 3067-meter volcano located on the west side of the Kiso Valley, erupted around noon on 27 September, 2014.

According to the Nagano Prefecture Tourism Department, the mountain is currently closed for climbing until further notice. Nearby Route 19, the main highway along the Kiso Valley, as well as the JR Chuo Line which also runs along the Kiso Valley, and the Chuo Expressway are all operating as usual.

Tourist destinations in Nagano Prefecture (such as Matsumoto, Kamikochi, Kiso Valley including Tsumago) as well as Gifu Prefecture (such as Takayama, Gero, Shirakawa-go, Okuhida region, Magome) are not affected and safe to visit.

The only area to be affected by the eruption is a 4km radius cautionary zone that has been set up around Mt. Ontake for danger of falling ash.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism reports the following regarding to the tourism-related facilities.

a.. Ontake Ropeway (gondola) has suspended the operation.

b.. Ontake Kotsu Company has suspended three bus routes around the mountain.

c.. Entry to local roads to Mt. Ontake are restricted.

d.. No other roads, railways and transport facilities are affected.

e.. There is no airport closure or flight cancellation.


Links
Information of Nagano Prefecture : Nakasendo Narai-Yabuhara Hike & Erupting Mt Ontake
Information of Gifu Prefecture : http://travel.kankou-gifu.jp/whats-new/index.cfm#wn38
Information of Takayama City : http://www.hida.jp/english/