National Parks of Japan Protecting our natural heritage for future generations

KirishimaKirishima-Kinkowan National Park

Top
ここから本文です。
Hot springs and the blessings of the volcanoes
Over 20 volcanoes, large and small, spot the landscape of the Kirishima area, which is still alive with volcanic activity. Kirishima's beautiful landscape is a product of crater lakes and mountain marshlands formed by volcanic activity, and the rich natural environment that is home to a diverse variety of fauna and flora. Multiple hot springs flow forth across the foot of the mountains, a true blessing from the earth. Additionally, with numerous exhibition facilities such as the Ebino Eco-museum Center, this national park is a place where you can learn about and experience the connection between nature and the volcanoes first-hand.
Hot springs and the blessings of the volcanoes
Kirishima, the land of wildflowers
Due to volcanic activity and a unique climate, Mt. Kirishima has a myriad of plant species. Kyushu azaleas (Miyamakirishima), a type of azalea named after Kirishima, paints the mountain bright pink from late May to early June. Many other species include “Kirishima” in their Japanese names as well, such as “kirishima-mizuki” (fragrant witch hazel) and “kirishima-gumi” (Elaeagnus epitricha momiyama). With Japanese witch hazel and Gentiana thunbergii blooming in spring and the panicled hydrangea and Japanese stuartia in summer, you can enjoy wildflowers throughout the year. Also, around the beginning of May, you can see the lovely pink and white Malus spontanea, a wild rose found only in Ebino Highland.
Kirishima, the land of wildflowers
The setting of the legend of Tensonkorin
Mt. Takachiho-no-mine has long been revered as the sacred mountain where Ninigi no Mikoto, the grandson of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, made his descent to Earth carrying with him the Three Sacred Treasures of the Imperial Family. At the summit stands the Amanosakahoko (legendary spear) which, according to the legend, Ninigi no Mikoto thrust into the ground upon descending. In the foothills, you can find many shrines dedicated to the Shinto gods, such as Kirishima-jingu Shrine and the Kogushi ruins, which have become a part of everyday life for the local people. Kirishima’s mystic aura steeped in ancient history and culture will fascinate you.
Aiming to become Japan's premiere schoolhouse