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Mt. Ebino and Mt. Koshiki Two-peak Hiking Course

Mt. Ebino and Mt. Koshiki Two-peak Hiking Courseの写真
Type:
Mountain Climbing
Time Required:
10 h
Distance:
19.8 km
See the grand panorama from Mt. Ebino and the crater marsh on Mt. Koshiki.

Course Outline

This course takes you on a hike to Mt. Koshiki to northeast of Ebino Highland and Mt. Ebino to southwest. Depending on your stamina and your schedule, you could also choose to hike to either spot individually. After a 400-meter climb up a steep slope, you will reach the summit of Mt. Koshiki, which is a mountain shaped like a cutoff cone. At the interior of the summit crater is a small marsh that is emerald green in summer and the Japanese pampas grass turns a beautiful golden color that is a sight to see from fall through winter. Mt. Ebino in southwestern Ebino Highland resembles a low hill and a round trip to the summit and back takes only about an hour. From the observatory at the summit, you can experience a 360° panoramic view of Mt. Sakurajima and Kinkowan Bay. Also, at the stand of beech trees on the southwest margin, you can enjoy the vibrant green of the new leaves in spring, the changing colors in fall, and the hoarfrost in winter.

Highlights

The marsh in Mt. Koshiki’s shallow summit crater
The marsh in Mt. Koshiki’s shallow summit crater

The marsh at the summit of Mt. Koshiki

With an elevation of 1,301 meters, Mt. Koshiki is a volcano that looks just like its namesake, a koshiki, or traditional Japanese steaming pot. Approximately 500 meters in diameter, the crater has a low marsh, which is unusual for southern Kyushu. This marsh is home to rare plants and animals, such as the common sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), a carnivorous plant that blooms with white flowers in summer, and large, azure dragonflies known as Siberian hawkers (Aeshna crenata Hagen). The climbing trail is designed so that you can circle the summit’s crater, giving you a view of Mt. Karakuni and Mt. Ioyama to the south, and to the northeast and northwest, you can see Kobayashi City, Ebino City, and the Kakuto Caldera that was formed by an eruption 340,000 years ago.

View of Mt. Karakuni from Mt. Ebino
View of Mt. Karakuni from Mt. Ebino

Mt. Karakuni

With an elevation of 1,293 meters, Mt. Ebino resembles a low hill the southwestern Ebino Highland. Since the change in elevation is small, you can bring your children along on the climb to the summit where a small observatory offers an impressive 360° panorama of Mt. Karakuni, the fuming Mt. Ioyama and Mt. Sakurajima, Kinkowan Bay, and the distant Mt. Kaimon. You can also look down at the crater forest, which grows with big beeches, conifers such as fir and Japanese hemlock, and an expansive stand of Japanese red pine that fills the crater.

The lovely blossoms of a National Natural Monument
The lovely blossoms of a National Natural Monument

Malus spontanea

Malus spontanea, a deciduous shrub belonging to the rose family, grows in abundance along the mountain stream near Mt. Ebino’s trailhead. Ebino Highland is said to be the only place in the world where they grow naturally, earning them the rank of National Natural Monument. The buds are pink before flowering, opening into white blossoms so lovely that many people come just to see them. Most years, they are in full bloom from late April to early May, but they last only a brief ten days or so.

Course Map

Mt. Ebino and Mt. Koshiki Two-peak Hiking Course

Course Time

Starting Point
1
Ebino Eco-museum Center
20 min.
0.8 km
2
Fudo-ike Crater Lake
20 min.
0.8 km
3
Mt. Koshiki Trailhead
60 min.
1.7 km
4
Summit of Mt. Koshiki
10 min.
0.7 km
5
The Crater Marsh
10 min.
0.7 km
6
Summit of Mt. Koshiki
30 min.
1 km
7
Summit of Mt. Koshiki
65 min.
2.4 km
8
Mt. Koshiki Trailhead
40 min.
1.6 km
9
Ebino Eco-museum Center
8 min.
0.7 km
10
Mt. Ebino Trailhead
70 min.
2.8 km
11
Mt. Ebino Trailhead
7 min.
0.5 km
12
Ebino Eco-museum Center
Terminus
*Course time and distance are estimates.