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Discovering Earth's Origins in the Dynamic Landscape

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park Toru Nakajima

Discovering Earth's Origins in the Dynamic Landscape

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

Among the numerous national parks, there is one place where you can truly sense the essence of "Earth" – none other than Izu Oshima, located within the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.
Oshima is a volcanic island.
While you might think this is common knowledge, not many people have actually experienced it firsthand.
This island has erupted countless times, making it a location where the Earth is laid quite bare.
This time, we were accompanied by The North Face athlete and climber, Toru Nakajima, as we visited Oshima. As someone with also a background in geological research, lets see how he perceived this unique land.

  • Guide
  • Toru Nakajima
  • Location
  • Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

01 Feel the Earth from the Traces of Eruptions

Photographer Hinano Kimoto

Writer Takumi Sakurai


Toru Nakajima
Free Climber
The North Face Athlete

Born in Nagano Prefecture. He started climbing from a young age under the influence of their father and set various youngest records in outdoor climbing. He actively embarks on expeditions abroad, and most recently, he took on the challenge of the ""Burden of Dreams 9A (V17)"" boulder in Finland, which is considered as one of the world's difficult and solitary routes. While actively engaging in global climbing, he also contributes as a geological researcher, conducting fieldwork in places like the Himalayas.


Orange Fish - Hiroyuki Kasuya
Representative directore of the diving store "Orange Fish." He is also a Geo-guide certified by the Geopark and provides guidance on the precious geological sights of Izu Oshima. He is also actively involved in nature education to pass on the charms of both the mountains and the sea of Izu Oshima to the next generation.