Ironman Japan 2016 takes place next to Mt Usu, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. While its culture is vastly different, geographically speaking, it is often compared to the island nation of New Zealand.
This will no doubt be apparent to anyone who has raced both Ironman Japan and Ironman New Zealand. Both races are staged in and around beautiful, clean and clear lakes flanked by volcanic mountains and lush farmlands. Scenery aside, the events also boast long histories that stretch back over 30 years to when iron-distance racing was still in its infancy.
Ironman Japan is based in the quiet township of Toya, which is known for its onsen (hot springs) – perfect for post-race recovery. Mt Usu, which helps feed the onsen, is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is located right next to the lake.
Where better to watch the sunrise on your next ironman race day than the land of the rising sun?
What: Iron-distance race
When: 2016 - exact date TBA
Where: Hokkaido, Japan