Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park

Takachihogawara Visitor Center

Learn about Mount Takachiho-no-Mine, a mountain steeped in Japanese folklore

The Takachihogawara Visitor Center is conveniently located at the foot of Mount Takachiho-no-Mine. Stop by for up-to-date information on trail conditions and volcanic warning alerts, and to learn about the mountain's history.

Legend has it that the grandson of Japan’s Sun Goddess, Ninigi no Mikoto, chose to descend upon Mount Takachiho-no-Mine to establish the dynasty of Japan’s emperors. He is said to have hurled his spear into the mountain peak, which remains at the summit to this day.

Inside the center, there is an exhibition space where you can learn about the geographical features of the Kirishima mountain range and its volcanoes through relief models, photographs, and rock specimens. Learn more about Japan’s creation myths and other local lore through models and videos. The facility also serves as a base for those visiting the nearby Kirishima-jingu Shrine Furumiya Ato ruins.

visitor center  
Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost Free of charge
Foreign Languages English (Pamphlets only)
Address Kirishima-taguchi 2583-12, Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture 899-4201
Phone (+81) 0995-57-2505
Website (JP)

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