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  • 42.88°N
  • 140.63°E

  • 1308 m
    4290 ft

  • 285031
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Basic Data

Volcano Number

Last Known Eruption



4900 BCE

1308 m / 4290 ft


Volcano Types

Lava dome(s)

Rock Types

Andesite / Basaltic Andesite

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Continental crust (> 25 km)


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Within 10 km
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Within 100 km

Geological Summary

The Niseko volcano group in SW Hokkaido contains a cluster of andesitic stratovolcanoes and lava domes that extends 25 km E-W and 15 km N-S. The volcanic complex is located NW of Niseko City. The latest dated activity was a phreatic to magmatic eruption about 7000 years ago. Fumarolic areas and hot springs are found at various locations.


The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography.

Japan Association Quaternary Research, 1987. Quaternary Maps of Japan: Landforms, Geology, and Tectonics. Tokyo: Univ Tokyo Press.

Japan Meteorological Agency, 2013. National Catalogue of the Active Volcanoes in Japan (fourth edition, English version). Japan Meteorological Agency.

Katsui Y (ed), 1971. List of the World Active Volcanoes. Volc Soc Japan draft ms, (limited circulation), 160 p.

Kudo T, Hoshizumi H, 2006-. Catalog of eruptive events within the last 10,000 years in Japan, database of Japanese active volcanoes. Geol Surv Japan, AIST,

Nakano S, Yamamoto T, Iwaya T, Itoh J, Takada A, 2001-. Quaternary Volcanoes of Japan. Geol Surv Japan, AIST,

Ono K, Soya T, Mimura K, 1981. Volcanoes of Japan. Geol Surv Japan Map Ser, no 11, 2nd edition, 1:2,000,000.

Eruptive History

Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
4900 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Tephrochronology

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Chakunage Cone
Mekuninai Cone
Raiden Cone
Waishuhorun Cone


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Chisenupuri Dome
Iwaonupuri Dome 1116 m 42° 53' 7" N 140° 38' 26" E
Niseko-Annupuri Dome 1308 m 42° 52' 30" N 140° 39' 32" E
Nitonupuri Dome

Photo Gallery

Onuma lake in the foreground is surrounded by Iwaonupuri (the large peak in the background), Nitonupuri, and Waisuhorun volcanoes. The latter two are located on the NW slope of Iwaonupuri volcano. The younger left-side lava dome of Iwaonupuri volcano overlies the older right side dome. The contact is at the white, fumarolically altered area on the right-center horizon. The eastern slope of Nitonupuri lava dome is seen at the right foreground.

Photo by Yutaka Kodama, 1996 (Hokkaido University).
Chisenupuri volcano, seen here from the SE, is a lava dome that overlies the massive lava flow at the left. Chisenupuri is part of the Niseko volcano group, a cluster of small stratovolcanoes and lava domes.

Photo by Yutaka Kodama, 1995 (Hokkaido University).
Several peaks of the Niseko volcano complex are seen in this view taken from the east at the summit of Chisenupuri volcano. From front to back are the forested Nitonupuri volcano, light-colored, flat-topped Iwaonupuri, and twin-peaked Niseko-Annupuri. Yotei volcano is visible in the distance to the right of Niseko-Annupuri.

Photo by Yutaka Kodama, 1995 (Hokkaido University).
Volcanoes and calderas fill much of this NASA Shuttle Radar Tomography (SRTM) image of southern Hokkaido with north to the upper left. Usu volcano (bottom center) lies south of Toya caldera. The smaller caldera to the right along the Pacific Ocean is Kuttara. Tarumai and Eniwa volcanoes lie on the estern and western sides, respectively, of Shikotsu caldera (upper right). The conical white peak at left-center is Yotei volcano; Niseko volcano is along the ridge to its left. The city of Sapporo lies at the base of the mountains (top-center).

NASA Shuttle Radar Tomography Mission image, 2000 (

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

There are no samples for Niseko in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

Affiliated Sites

Large Eruptions of Niseko Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE) database of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).
WOVOdat WOVOdat is a database of volcanic unrest; instrumentally and visually recorded changes in seismicity, ground deformation, gas emission, and other parameters from their normal baselines. It is sponsored by the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) and presently hosted at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
EarthChem EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA). IEDA is a collaborative effort of EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS).
MODVOLC - HIGP MODIS Thermal Alert System Using infrared satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, scientists at the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai'i, developed an automated system called MODVOLC to map thermal hot-spots in near real time. For each MODIS image, the algorithm automatically scans each 1 km pixel within it to check for high-temperature hot-spots. When one is found the date, time, location, and intensity are recorded. MODIS looks at every square km of the Earth every 48 hours, once during the day and once during the night, and the presence of two MODIS sensors in space allows at least four hot-spot observations every two days. Each day updated global maps are compiled to display the locations of all hot spots detected in the previous 24 hours. There is a drop-down list with volcano names which allow users to 'zoom-in' and examine the distribution of hot-spots at a variety of spatial scales.
MIROVA Middle InfraRed Observation of Volcanic Activity (MIROVA) is a near real time volcanic hot-spot detection system based on the analysis of MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) data. In particular, MIROVA uses the Middle InfraRed Radiation (MIR), measured over target volcanoes, in order to detect, locate and measure the heat radiation sourced from volcanic activity.