At the peak of Mt. Tarumae !
At last, we stood on the peak of Mt. Tarumae. Precisely speaking, the highest rim of the crateraround the lava dome.
The peak of the rim was not the vertical limit of plants but due to the temperature and the sulfur gas erupted from the crack of the lava dome made the barren slope.
On our way from the peak of the rim to the peak of the adjacent mountain named Fuppushi, the beautiful blue Lake Shikotsu appeared behind the slope.
The skyline of the comparatively lower mountains was reflected on the surface of the lake.
Next goal could be seen from the peak of the rim. Mt. Fuppushi seemed to be covered with green plants but the slope looked much steeper than Mt. Tarumae.
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