Hokkaido-Komagatake is located 30 kms north of Hakodate City in the southern Hokkaido island.
It is a stratovolcano. At the summit, there is a 2km-wide horseshoe shaped caldera opening to the east.
The edifice extends 17kms in diameter at the foot, and is mostly covered by historical pyroclastic falls,
flows and surges. There are also debris avalanche deposits around the volcano.
Mt. Komagatake and Lake Onuma: At its deepest end, the lake bed drops 13.6m beneath the surface.
Lake Onuma and flowers: a crocus and 'hagi-no-hana'
(L) A peak of Mt. Komagatake (R) The place from which the ascent to Komagatake is made.
Lake Onuma is viewed from the mountain trail.
The point of 500m to the summit
(L) The peak of Komagatake (R) A crack debris
Rescue workers are climbing Mt. Komagatake to take an injured man to a hospital.
A man was injured his ankle by fracturing the bone or badly twisted the ankle.
Mount Komagatake, the volcano last erupted in the year 2000, but it was relatively small by standards
of its earlier eruptions. The 1640 eruptions deposited ashes as far away as central Honshu and
an ensuing tsunami took many lives. It also triggered a period of frequent explosive activities.
The sharp summit of 1,131m-height is on the west side of a large breached crater. These features
resulted from an edifice collapse of the top of the volcano in 1640.
(L) Mt. Komagatake, Hokkaido (R) stratovolcano
(L) The fourth floor of Hakodate-Onuma Prince Hotel is the non-smoking floor
(R) A spectacular view of Mount Oyama from the fourth-floor guest room
An open-air bath of the West-Morinoyu Onuma Hot-Spring: This is a gentle-to-your-skin simple thermal spring, from which
270 liters of bountiful hot-water per-minute arrive, in the hotel grounds from the spring source. The water type is alkaline,
and works to restore tiredness, sooth your nerves, and relax your aching muscles. It works gentle for your skin,
and after bathing, the skin will feel smooth and shiny, and the body will be warmed.
(L) The pond in front of the open-bath abounds with carp. (R) The smoking place outside of the entrance hall of the Onuma Prince Hotel
Hakodate-Onuma Prince Hotel is located in Onuma Quasi-National Park, selected as one of the most spectacular
areas of Hokkaido. Surrounded by a forest of white birches and oaks, built low to harmonize with the natural
environment. A guest can relax in a hot spring while admiring the seasonal beauty of Onuma.
The Hotel has 256 rooms. Of these, the number of non-smoking rooms is 107, versus, smoking rooms is 149,
which is consisting of 58.2%, of total rooms. There are 39 cottages, and in all rooms, smoking is allowed.
The overall percentage of smoking room to the total guest rooms is 63.7 %. The space of a lobby and restaurant
is smoke-free. In the bar, a guest may put light on cigarette.
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A summary of smoking-room rate studied in local hotels of Japan
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The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.
(L) A cycling is a popular sport here, and a cycling road is relatively well maintained.
(R) A railway crossing nearby Onuma-Kouen Station
(L) A peak of Komagatake is viewed from a highway along the lake.
(R) A shrine stands at the starting point of a trail up the Komagatake mountain. However, this trail is now closed.
The tranquility in and around the lake leave no trace of its violent creation. A Canadian canoe is left on the lake shore of Lake Onuma.
(L) Smokefree restaurant at Onuma-Koen
(L) Lake Onuma near the Onuma-Koen train station (R A lotus pond of the Lake Onuma
Hayabusa, the new 320 km/h shinkansen train operated by East Japan Railway Company
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This information was provided by the Smokefree Hotel and Travel.
The photograph was taken and the article was written in October 2012,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.