Mt. Io in Kirishima

Barren volcanic landscape

By Tristan Scholze    - 1 min read

The 1,310 m (4,298 ft) Mt. Io (pronounced ee-oh) is only slightly higher than the Ebino Plateau and located along Rt. 1 next to Fudo Pond, making it an easy hike to the top. In autumn, its slopes are covered in beautiful tufts of susuki and a few scattered Kyushu azalea bushes. Remnants of this volcano’s abundant sulfur, which used to be mined, are sprinkled across the rocky peak. After a look at the crater area, continue on a longer hike, past scenic fields to Mt. Karakuni, more peaks and more extensive treks (map).

硫黄山—iou-yama—Mt. Io

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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!