Mount Kirishima consists of a group of volcanoes that includes Takachiho-no-mine and Shinmoedake, the latter having volcanic activity that has caused a closure of hiking trails around a 2km no-entry radius.
The mountains in Kirishima offer not just excellent trails, but a rich slice of religious history as well. A spear that lies on the peak of Takachiho-no-mine marks the spot where Ninigi no Mikoto, grandson of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, landed on earth to rule.
After a hike, travelers can head down to Kirishima Onsen for one of Japan's top hot springs. With an outstanding quality of sulfuric waters that are housed in a large number of ryokans and hotels, Kirishima Onsen is sure to keep your tired feet well rested.
Travelers can also visit the huge Kirishima Shrine complex that is dedicated to Ninigi-no Mikoto.