9. Mt. Ontake summit route to reopen next week
A route to the summit of Mount Ontake in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, will reopen next week. The volcano erupted 4 years ago, leaving 63 people dead or missing.
Last year, the Meteorological Agency downgraded the eruption alert level from 2 to 1, the lowest point on the scale from 1 to 5. But entry restrictions have been in place for an area within a one-kilometer radius of the crater.
Officials of Kiso Town said on Friday that the route will reopen next Wednesday, one day before the 4th anniversary of the eruption.
The officials say an emergency shelter has been built near the summit, and steps have been taken to improve the safety of the route.
Routes to the summit from other municipalities will stay closed due to a lack of safety measures.
The families of the dead or missing are to climb the summit next Wednesday to pray for the souls of their loved ones.
Access to the summit will be banned again from October 8th for the winter season.