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Kirishima is renowned throughout Japan for its geological wonders, historical shrine and plentiful hot springs. 
The area of Kirishima was the first to be designated as a national park in 1934 in Japan and is one of the most richly diverse national parks. Today, the much larger Kirishima Kinkowan National Park is home to volcanic mountains, crater lakes, hiking trails and rich biodiversity.  It is a place of scenic mountain beauty where there is a concentration of volcanoes and crater lakes such as Mt. Karakuni (1,700m and the highest), Mt. Takachiho and Mt. Shinmoe. It is blessed with virgin forests of chinkapin, evergreen oak and red pine, and pristine wilderness, as evident in the song "Hana wa Kirishima (Kirishima is full of flowers)", and in the mountains you can enjoy anything from light walking, hiking to serious trekking. The area is legendary in the ancient mythology of Japan, and you can also see famous sites associated with the legends and traditional performances.

Explore nature

Kirishima is a place of scenic wilderness with several mountains over 1,500 meters; virgin forests of chestnut, oak and pine; and flora that blooms year-round. It’s possible to enjoy all levels of walking followed by a well-deserved dip in a hot spring. There is even a volcanic mud hot spring that smooths skin! 

Trekking in Kirishima, feeling the seasons

Kirishima Mountain Ranges are dotted with forests inhabited by wild birds and cobalt blue lakes and the beauty of the mountains can be enjoyed throughout the year. In particular, springtime when Kyushu Azalea are blooming, early summer when new greenery is sparkling and fall when crimson foliage is abundant are the best times for hiking and trekking.

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