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霧島山 Kirishima-yama Mt. Kirishima

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Mt. Kirishima is a generic name for the volcanoes in the border of Kirishima City in Kagoshima Prefecture and Ebino City and Kobayashi City in Miyazaki Prefecture. It is selected as one of Japan’s 100 Fine Mountains. It is presumed to be a post-caldera volcano formed in the southern rim of Kakuto caldera basin.

Mt. Kirishima is composed of many peaks including the highest peak of Karakuni-dake (1,700 m), Takachiho-no-mine, Naka-dake, Ohata-yama, and Ohachi. There are a lot of crater lakes such as Onami-ike, Ohata-ike, and Rokukannon-ike. The mountain area is a part of Kirishima- Yaku National Park. The communities of Kyushu azalea can be seen in the highlands.

Mt. Kirishima is the land of Japanese mythology concerning its creation. “Amano Sakahoko,” the three teeth fork-shaped weapon is staked upside down at the top of Mt. Takachiho-no-mine, which is believed to be where the Heavenly Descendant Ninigi no Mikoto descended from Takamagahara Field (Heavenly Hill Field).
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鹿児島 大浪池 Kagoshima Oonami-ike Lake Onami-no-ike

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Onami-no-ike is the highest crater lake in Japan. It is located to the southwest of Mt. Karakuni-dake in the Kirishima mountain range. Of 10 lakes in the Kirishima mountain range, this is the second largest lake and one of a few lakes where fish inhabit. The lake fills the deep caldera (1412 m above sea level) that was formed by the eruption of Mt. Kirishima about 40,000 years ago.

During the seasons of tender green and crimson foliage, the area around the lake is crowded with tourists. In winter, beautiful hard rime and migrating bird such as mallards and spot-billed ducks can be seen. Seen from the observatory on the lakeside, the reflected image of Mt. Karakuni-dake in the lake is exquisite itself. As it is a part of Kirishima-Yaku National Park, there are a lot of other sightseeing spots around the lake.
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御池 Miike Lake Miike

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Lake Miike is a crater lake in the Kirishima Mountain Range in Takahara-cho, Nishi-Morokata-gun, Miyazaki Pref. It is the largest and deepest (103 m) of all the crater lakes in Kirishima mountains. It is a round lake with a circumference of 4 km and a diameter of 1 km. There is a camping site on the lakeside, which is suitable for family camping and school excursion. The area of 115 ha around Lake Miike and Lake Koike is appointed as “Wild Birds’ Forest,” which is famous as a bird watching site where about 130 species of wild birds including the rare species of fairy pitta and blue-and-white flycatcher can be seen. The promenade leading to Wild Bird’s Forest and Lake Koike is arranged as a part of Kyushu Nature Trail project. Visitors can enjoy forest bathing, hiking and fishing in the grandeur of nature.
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宮崎 狭野神社 Miyazaki Sano-Jinja Sano Shrine

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Sano Shrine located in Takaharu-cho, Nishimorokata-gun, Miyazaki Pref. is a shrine with a long history, which originates in the mythological age. The enshrined deity is Kamuyamato Iwarehiko no Sumera no Mikoto (Emperor Jinmu; given name: Sano no Mikoto, the mythical founder and the first emperor of Japan). The shrine is one of Kirishima Six Gongen Shrines. It is said that the shrine was founded at the birthplace of Emperor Jinmu ( Ojibaru in Takaharu-cho) during the reign of Emperor Kosho (475-393 B.C.). As the shrine building had been destroyed in the fire due to the eruption of Mt. Kirishima several times from 700-1,000 A.D., it was transferred to the present place in 1610. As it enshrines Emperor Jinmu, it was attached to Miyazaki Jingu Shrine in the Meiji period (1868-1912), but became independent after World War II. Walking along the front approach lined with 400-year-old Jpanese cedar trees, visitors will feel refreshed and purified.
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