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7 of the Best Spots in Kagoshima’s Kirishima City

2017.01.09

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7 of the best spots in Kagoshima’s Kirishima city

Located in central Kagoshima, and commanding a view of Sakurajima across Kinko bay, Kirishima has a lot to offer. Blessed with luxurious hot springs, and high quality cuisine, there is plenty to see and do. In Japan it is well known for being where Sakamoto Ryoma and his wife Oryo visited for their honeymoon. Today we’re introducing 7 of the top spots in Kirishima.

(Top) Mt Kirishima covered in white snow

Kirishima-Jingū, where the founding myth of Japan is enshrined

rd850_2_161120Kirishima-Jingū: Cherished by locals

Since ancient times Kirishima-Jingū has protected the local people and Takachiho peak. It is said that the great goddess Amaterasu Omikami commanded Niniginomikoto to descend to earth at the peak of Takachiho, and gain the worship of the local people. Currently it is located at the foot of the Kirishima mountain range, but it was originally positioned in the crater of Ohachi volcano.

rd850_3_161120The original location of the shrine as seen from the Kirishima mountain range

However, it was destroyed twice due to large eruptions, and then rebuilt where it now stands. Furumiyaato where the shrine used to stand, along with Amenosakahoko are two of Kyushu’s major “power spots”

Kirishima-Jingū
http://www.kirishimajingu.or.jp/

 

Myoken Ishiharaso: A place for hot spring lovers

rd850_4_161120Bathe in an open air bath, while listening to the sound of a mountain stream

Kirishima is one of the top locations in Japan for mineral rich hot springs. The town has four major hot springs; Kirishima Jingu hot spring, Kirishima hot spring, Myoken Hot Spring and Hinatayama Hot Spring all in close proximity. Each have large and small springs. Myoken ishiharaso is popular with hot spring fans and travelers alike.

rd850_5_161120A modern room, made from a refurbished and relocated rice storage room

Myoken ishiharaso
http://www.m-ishiharaso.com/en/

 

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