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Visitor Center Takachiho-gawara Visitor Center

Takachiho-gawara Visitor Center
An information center where you can see, listen, and experience the nature and culture of the Takachiho area.

Located at the foot of Mt. Takachiho-no-mine, this natural history center teaches people about the nature and culture of Kirishima, Mt. Takachiho-no-mine, and Takachihogawara through models, photographs, voice, videos, and other exhibits. There are seven sections in the exhibition space where you can learn about the geographical features of the Kirishima Mountain Range and its volcanoes through relief models, photo panels, and rock specimens. There are also models that showcase local history, myths, and festivals. Especially popular are the Mt. Takachiho-no-mine Peak Panorama Experience Corner, which features a model of Amanosakahoko (legendary spear) set up in front of a background of actual photographs from the peak; and the Mini Theater, which shows videos about the nature of Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park. The center also offers local sightseeing and mountain climbing information, making it a great place to stop by before going out to explore.

Facility Outline

Open:9:00 – 17:00
Closed:Open daily throughout the year
Usage Fee:Free of Charge
Foreign Languages Accommodated:English (Pamphlets only)
Address:Kirishima-taguchi 2583-12, Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture 899-4201
Mt. Takachiho-no-mine Summit Panorama Experience Corner
Mt. Takachiho-no-mine Summit Panorama Experience Corner
The "Introduction to the Nature of Kirishima" exhibit
Message from the Facility
This facility not only teaches visitors about the geographical history and natural features of the Kirishima Massif, but it also serves as a base for those visiting the Kirishima-jingu Shrine Kogushi (ancient shrine ruins) and climbing Mt. Takachiho-no-mine. It is a great place to enjoy the seasons, as well, because here from the center, you can see the azalea flowers (Rhododendron kiusianum) paint the mountainside pink in late May to early June and the stunningly colorful leaves in the autumn. Please pay us a visit when you come to the Kirishima area!