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The path climbs for a bit before dropping to a vast meadow. There are three different ponds here (the first one is just down an unmarked trail on your left), and the second pond does not have a path to it. The final pond, called Babaa ike () is another nice puddle of water if there have been recent rains. From here, the trail climbs back up to the crater rim, where it reaches a junction for the trail down to Shiroshima (). Ignore this junction for now and head straight on, following the fence posts on your right that have been lined with rope. There an old dried crater called Hairanai ga sawa lined with white sand. Follow the trail around this and climb past some erosion works on your right and you will soon reach a junction for the summit (). Turn left for the steep climb to the highest point of the mountain. In clear weather you have panoramic 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean all around. If the cloud is in then you just have to use your imagination. 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