10. Jun 2010
Kirishima Hot Spring, the famous onzen area, is a good starting point for hiking tours around Kirishimayama. One of the peaks was closed due to high volcanic activity (beginning of 2011 this volcano erupted and covered whole area with ashes).
I started the hiking tour at Ebino Highlands (1.100 m), and climbed Mt. Karakuni (1.700 m) from the west. The view on the surrounding craters which are filled with water is really unique.
Some Japanese hikers asked me to join their lunch – homemade mixed pickles and onigiri (riceballs). Totemo oishiisou sama deshita! Arigatou gosaimashita!
I walked down to lake Oonami (1239 m), which is really very beautiful, and then back down to the road, where my family picked me up. We drove to the visitor center of Takachiho-san, from where I started hiking the second mountain this day. Takachihosan is a red volcano. Legend says, that god put his stick into the ocean and lifted up Japan at this place. When you see this mountain you might think that this is true.
After climbing those two mountains this day I was really looking forward for a big steak on the grill!
霧島山Kirishimayama 10. Jun 2010
Start えびの高原 Ebinohighlands, Mt. Karakuni trail entrance 9:15 am 1.230 m
Top 韓国岳 Karakunidake 10:30 am 1.700 m
Trail 大波池 Lake Oonami 12:00 pm 1.239 m
Finish 大波池登山口 Lake Oonami Trail Entrance 1:00 pm 1.050 m
Duration: 3 h 45 min Distance: 6 km Height: 470 m
高千穂峰 Mt. Takachiho 10. Jun 2010
Start 高千穂峰 河原登山口Takachiho valley entrance 1:20 pm 970 m
Top 高千穂峰 Mt. Takachiho 2:50 pm 1.574 m
Finish 高千穂峰 河原登山口Takachiho valley entrance 4:00 pm 970 m
Duration: 2 h 40 min Distance: 5,4 km Height: 604 m