Hiking Mt. Karakuni

From forest to bare volcanic rock in an hour

By Tristan Scholze    - 1 min read

This 1,700 m (5,577 ft) stratovolcano is the tallest peak in the Kirishima Volcanic Group. The rough, partially-collapsed crater and side of Mt. Karakuni bears a resemblance to the larger and more famous Mt. St. Helens in the United States.

With the base of the mountain resting in the Ebino Plateau at about 1,200 m (3,937 ft) and the trail extending from Mt. Io being well maintained, this part of the hike is very moderate and accessible.

It’s less than an hour from the Susuki Plain to the peak as the trail passes through a broad range of landscapes. From the nearly barren peak of reddish rock, there’s a great view in any direction and a wickedly sheer drop of about 300 m (984 ft) down into the crater.

韓国岳—karakuni-dake—Mt. Karakuni

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Tristan Scholze

Tristan Scholze @tristan.scholze

I'm also known as Faer Out. I love learning about people and nature. I've traveled around the world and throughout Japan, and I hope to continue seeing and experiencing the wonder of this planet as long as I live.Based in Japan for nearly two decades, I'm the Regional Partner here for Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. In addition to my work at JapanTravel, I have a language school called Rainbow Bridges English Academy in Fukuoka and am very interested in teaching, languages, communication, and photography, among other things. Recently, I've been a guest host on NHK World's J-Trip Plan for Caving Adventures in Western Japan as well as Exploration for Black Gold.I love heading downtown to meet up with friends for a night out as well as being able to hop on my motorcycle and be riding through forest-covered mountains or to sandy beaches in 20 minutes. This area is very photogenic and even after years of exploration, there are still plenty of places to discover each weekend! My photographs are available for purchase on iStock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime or by contacting me.Please contact me if you have any questions about travel in Japan. I'd also be grateful for any follows on social media!