Kirishima Jingu Shrine
A former major imperial shrine that tells of the legend of the godess Amaterasu's grandson descending to Earth.
Here, the grandson, Ninigi no Mikoto, is the major enshrined deity.The shrine was built during the 6th century, under the rule of Emporer Kinmei at Setao in Takachihonomine, but was burnt down in a volcanic eruption.It was then rebuilt in Takachihogawara, but was burnt down in a volcanic eruption once again.The current shrine was rebuilt in 1715 by Yoshitaka Shimazu.The shrine sees approximately 1.5 million visitors annually and is always busy during the first 3 days of the year.
- 2608-5 Taguchi, Kirishima, Kirishima-shi
Kirishima Highlands Mahoroba Village
A resort that expands across roughly 30 hectares, it has outdoor facilities such as a man-made ski slope, a miniature golf course, and a kart track, as well as cultural activities such as shochu tokkuri bottle factory viewings, Amorigawa-yaki style tobo pottery lessons, and a herb garden. Furthermore, there are 3 stores on site and 5 restaurants serving up everything from udon and soba noodles to steak. This is a highland resort where everyone from children to adults can enjoy "gourmet food, sports, and culture."
- 3240 Takachiho, Makizono-cho, Kirishima-shi
Kirishima Shinwa-no-Sato Park
A leisure park that perfectly showcases the natural landscapes of Kirishima.With activities including grass skiing and miniature golf, there's something for both adults and children to enjoy.Additionally, you can enjoy panoramic views over the surrounding scenery from our 670m above sea level observation platform where on clear days you can see all the way from the Kirishima Range to Sakurajima and the Kaimondake volcanoes.With plenty of leisure facilities such sightseeing lifts, grass skiing, miniature golf, and dry toboggan runs, a restaurant "Kami no Kura", and a gift shop "Kami no Sachi", you can spend the entire day relaxing and having fun here.
- 2583-22 Taguchi, Kirishima, Kirishima-shi
A rare warm-water waterfall comprised of waters from the upstream Hayashida Hot Springs and Iodani Hot Springs.This magnificent and beautiful waterfall is 23m tall and 16m wide and is lit up at night.You can see the beautiful autumn leaves in the fall and the rising steam during the winter.
- Takachiho, Makizono-cho, Kirishima-shi
A splendid 36m tall and 22m wide rushing waterfall.It's said that Wake no Kiyomaro used to relax here and the Bakumatsu soldier of fortune Ryoma Sakamoto came to look at these falls on his honeymoon.The Wake Shrine and Wakeyu Hot Springs are also nearby.
- Nakatsugawa, Makizono-cho, Kirishima-shi
The tallest volcano in the Kirishima Range, this volcano can boast a height of 1,700m above sea level and a huge caldera that is 900m in diameter and over 300m deep. This is a mountain where from the Ebino Plateau where you can gaze at the enormous peaks that look like millstones and see a rough, eruption-scarred rockface.
The view from the summit is unparalleled, and since the summit is high enough to be able to see across to the Korean Peninsula (Karakuni is another reading of the kanji character for "Korea"), this is where this volcano is said to get its name from.
- Ebino Plateau
This mountain reaches a height of 1,411m above sea level and is popular as a relatively easy mountain to climb. At the summit is a crater lake that's 1.9km in circumference and 11km deep, and is known as a mysterious crater lake famed for the legend of "Onami".The lake is at an altitude of 1,239m above sea level and is the highest crater lake in Japan.The mountain path passes through an ancient forest of fir and Japanese hemlock trees and is a properly laid down and easy to walk path all the way to the summit.There is a promenade around the circumference of the pond which takes around 2 hours to walk all the way around.
- Located on the eastern side of Prefectural Highway 1 that runs from Arayu Hot Springs towards the Shintoko Viewing Platform.
A farm nestled at the foot of the magnificent Kirishima Mountain Range where you can connect with animals like cows, horses, and sheep, which can be found grazing the expansive and picturesque countryside while you enjoy an authentic farm animal milking experience.
- 5265-103 Yoshinomoto-cho, Miyakonojo-shi, Miyazaki-ken