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Round Trip Hike of Mt. Kaimon from Kaimon Sanroku Fureai Park

Enjoy the views of a laurel forest and the East China Sea.
  • Duration
    1Day / 5Hours
    Highest Point
    924m
    Elevation Gain
    808m
  • Skill Level
    Fitness Level
    Gear Level

Mt. Kaimon (Kaimon-dake) is in Kagoshima prefecture, Kyushu, within Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park.
Selected as one of Japan’s 100 most famous mountains, it features a beautiful conical shape jutting out into the East China Sea.
The mountain path spirals up from the foot of the mountain, such that you can enjoy the scenery from a variety of angles.
Since there are no surrounding mountains, the view from the peak is superb, and the mountain is a symbolic presence for the people living at the foot and for visiting tourists as well.

Walk about 15 minutes from the paved road in Kaimon Sanroku Fureai Park to arrive at the second station trailhead.


From the second station trailhead, the path becomes the hiking path for the lapilli of the laurel forest.


The uphill path without branching proceeds for a while, but each of the station signs, and each of the rescue points of the fourth point at the fifth station, the third point ahead of the seventh station, the second point ahead of the ninth station, and the first point before the peak are useful for identifying your current position.


From halfway past the second station, the path straddles a forest road, and you will arrive at the fifth station about an hour after the second station.


Your field of view gradually opens up such that you can start to see the Osumi Peninsula on the opposite coast of Kagoshima Bay. The path becomes a volcanic rock hiking path at the sixth station.


Proceed past the seventh station about 30 minutes from the fifth station, and look to the south on the left side of the cave called Sennin-do Caves to get a wide view of the East China Sea. As you climb the rocky hiking path past the ninth station, the trees get shorter. Then climb the ladder to arrive at Mt. Kaimon in about an hour and 10 minutes from the seventh station.


From the peak, you can not only see the mountains in Kagoshima such as Kirishima mountain range (Kirishima-renzan) and an active volcano called Mt. Sakurajima on clear days, but you can also see to Yakushima Island on the other side of the East China Sea.


To descend the mountain, go back along the route you came.

Other Info

Around the periphery of Lake Ikeda (Ikeda-ko) located northeast of Mt. Kaimon, yellow rape blossoms bloom from February to March, harmonizing with Mt. Kaimon and creating a gorgeous scene.
Also, the Ibusuki Onsen (hot spring) between Mt. Kaimon and Kagoshima-Chuo Station is a facility where you can experience the heat of the hot spring water emerging from the coast while submerged in the sandy beach, that is only found in Japan.


High Season:November to May

Notes

Since Mt. Kaimon is a volcano, the mountain path from the second station to the sixth station is slippery and covered with lapilli. It’s best to bring stock.
Near the peak, the path is steep and rocky, so bringing gloves is recommended.

Route Map

Elevation Map

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Horizontal Distance (km)

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Duration
1Day / 5Hours
Highest Point
924m(Mt. Kaimon)
Elevation Gain
808m
Horizontal Distance
7.8Km
Skill Level
Fitness Level
Gear Level

On the Trail

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Eating

Soba restaurant Sobano-yakata Mirakuru

Hot-Springs

Leisure Center Kaimon

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Access

Mt. Kaimon is in Kagoshima prefecture. From Haneda Airport, take an airplane to arrive at Kagoshima Airport (approx. 1 hour 45 minutes). From Kagoshima Airport, take the Kagoshima Airport Bus to arrive at JR Kagoshima-Chuo Station (approx. 40 minutes).
From JR Kagoshima-Chuo Station, take the JR Ibusuki Makurazaki Line and get off at Kaimon Station (approx. 1 hour 41 minutes). Walk from Kaimon Station to arrive at Kaimon Sanroku Fureai Park (approx. 20 minutes).

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