Hiking in Kirishima Mountains

開催日時: 20200109 〜 20200111

Hiking in Kirishima Mountains

If you like outdoor activities and/or if you are a mountain enthusiast, you cannot miss the opportunity to hike in the mountains of Kirishima.

Click here to see the English hiking map in English.

Keep reading to see our top 3 hiking recommendations 🙂

 MT TAKACHICHO-NO-MINE: Takachiho Gawara Trail Entrance

This trail is the shortest and maybe the most beautiful. Starting from Takachiho-Gawara visitor Center, you will only need approximately 2 hours to reach the top of Mount Takachiho-no-mine (1574m) and an hour and a half to get back.


As there are barely any trees during the hike, you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery all the way to the top. On the other side, it can be very dangerous to climb during a windy day.

Furthermore, we strongly advise to check the weather forecast beforehand as the visibility can be strongly reduced because of the fog.

The hike is quite short but not always easy, and we strongly recommend to wear hiking shoes as it gets slippery when you go down the mountain.


Required time to complete the hike: 3 to 4 hours

Level of difficulty: intermediate

Parking available (500 JPY)

You will be surrounded by shrubs and trees in the beginning.
Not long and the scenery will be dominated by a volcanic red.

Taking a walk on the brim of a crater can be quite exhilarating!

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❷ KARAKUNIDAKE: Onami Lake Trail Entrance

Karakuni with its 1700m is the highest peak in the Kirishima mountain range. Due to volcanic activity around Mount Io and Shinmoe, some of the trails are closed, but the trail via Lake Onami is open and safe!

This trail is very popular because of the changing scenery  and because… well it’s the highest peak! Which means you will get a fantastic view at the end of your hike 😊



Halfway through the hike you will face the Onami lake. There are then two ways to get around the lake. You can take one on the way to the peak and then the other one on your way back! The fact that the trail has several ways is very appreciable! If you are not motivated enough, or if you don’t have enough time to do the whole trail, you can simply go around the lake and come back, it should take approximately 3 hours and isn’t hard, even if you’re out of training!


This trail is not as “wild” as number one because there are less rocks to climb but you still need hiking shoes and good motivation!

The changing scenery makes the hike definitely worth your while!

A good part of the walk is underneath a leafy roof, which makes it a great trail even in summer. You still need sun protection for the latter half of the trail, though.

Required time to complete the hike: 5 to 6 hours

Level of difficulty: easy/intermediate

Free parking available (note: the parking gets easily full on the weekend)


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❸ MT TAKACHICHO-NO-MINE: Ojibaru Koen Trail Entrance

The third trail is an alternate trail for Mt Takachiho-no-mine. This mountain is so beautiful, it deserves more than one hiking course!

This trail starts at Ojibaru koen. You will need to drive in the forest for quite a while before actually see the entrance. If you like walking in the forest this hike was made for you as you will be surrounded by trees for about two thirds of the way. The fact to have the trees hiding the scenery (and providing shelter from the sun during summer) will make you appreciate the landscape even more once you are out of the forest.

Do should check the weather forecast as it may get really foggy in this area.

If the sun is out, you will be able the mount Yatake and the Miike Lake. Just a little bit before reaching the top you will cross a torii, showing how important this place is in Japanese legends.


Technically this trail is not hard but it is quite long and you should make sure you don’t stray from the path the forest.


Required time to complete the hike: 6 hours

Level of difficulty: intermediate

Free parking available