Kirishima Area

Kagoshima, Kyushu

Colonies of Miyama-Kirishima azalea in full bloom.

The majestic crater lake at the Kirishima mountain range is one of the highest crater lakes above sea level.

Across the mountainsides in the Kirishima Area, colonies of Miyama-Kirishima azalea bloom. The majestic crater lake within the Kirishima mountain range is one of the highest crakes above sea level.

Kirishima City is located on the northeastern part of Kagoshima prefecture and is the entrance to the Kirishima district of the Kirishima-Kinokowan National Park (Kirishima volcanic chain, Sakurajima, etc.)

The brilliant red structure of Kirishima shrine is officially disignated as an "Important Cultural Property" and is a main site for music performances and festivals held as offerings for the gods. These events include the "Kagura" dance during the Minami-Kyushu Kagura Festival in summertime (ancient traditional performing art featuring dance and music performed to please the gods), the "Tenson Korin Gojinkasai" Fire Festival in the fall, and the performance of the Kumen-daiko drums in winter.

There are a total of ten crater lakes within the Kirishima mountain range 1,239m above sea level- the highest elevation of its kind throuhout the nation. The beautiful Miyama-Kirishima azalea bloom in the early summer. The panoramic view from the mountain tops is breathtaking. Hot spring villages such as Myoban, Yunotani, and Shin-yu are found on the southwestern slope of the Kirishima mountain range. Accommodation facilities are available to all visitors wishing to stay overnight,but it is also possible to make a day trip simply to enjoy the hot springs.


From Tokyo:
[Air] 1h 50 min from Haneda to Kagoshima Airport.
[Rail] 5h from Tokyo to Hakata Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line. 1h 36 min from Hakata to Shin-Yatsushiro Station by JR Kagoshima Line (limited express), and 35 min to Kagoshima Central Station by JR Tsubame Shinkansen Line. 50 min from Kagoshima Central Station to Kirishima-jingu Station by JR Nippo Line (limited express).
From Osaka:
[Air] 1h 10 min from Itami to Kagoshima Airport.
[Rail] 2h 25 min from Shin-Osaka to Hakata Station by Shinkansen.

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