Four sightseeing spots to enjoy with Kirishima Shrine in Kagoshima Prefecture

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Kirishima Shrine (Kirishima Jingū), located in Kagoshima Prefecture, has a very long history with its foundation in the 6th century. It is the largest shrine in the southern Kyushu region and has become a destination for many people on their trips. Not only that but there are many tourist attractions scattered near the Kirishima Shrine. This article will introduce four sightseeing spots that we recommend you enjoy together with Kirishima Shrine.

1. Kirishima Hot Spring Village, Kirishima Hot Spring Market

Kirishima Hot Spring Village (Kirishima Onsenkyo) is the collective name for nine hot spring resorts in Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture. There are numerous lodging facilities where you can enjoy hot springs, and some facilities let you use the hot springs without staying overnight. We recommend you take a hot spring bath to heal your body and mind after a long day of sightseeing. The commercial facility "Kirishima Hot Spring Market (Kirishima Onsen Ichiba)" is located in the center of Kirishima Hot Spring Village. The market is lined with restaurants and souvenir shops, as well as footbaths where you can enjoy a hot spring casually.

Kirishima Hot Spring Market (Kirishima Onsen Ichiba)
Kirishima Hot Spring Market (Kirishima Onsen Ichiba)
Hot Spring (Onsen)
Hot Spring (Onsen)
Address
3878-114 Makizonochotakachiho, Kirishima city, Kagoshima
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

2. Kirishima Shinwa no Sato Park

This park is located in the Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park and is also known as "Kirishima Roadside Station." Admission and parking are free. In addition to restaurants and souvenir shops, there are various fun facilities such as miniature golf, an animal village with goats and rabbits, and a children's plaza with playground equipment. Another highlight of this park is the spectacular view from the observation plaza. On a clear day, you can see Kinko Bay (Kinkowan), Sakurajima Volcano, and Mount Kaimon (Kaimondake).

Kirishima Shinwa no Sato Park
Kirishima Shinwa no Sato Park
Road Train
Road Train
Address
2583-22 Kirishimataguchi, Kirishima City, Kagoshima
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

3. Takachiho Farm

Takachiho Farm (Takachiho Bokujo) is a tourist farm at the foot of the Kirishima mountain range (Kirishima Renzan). You can see and interact with various animals such as cows, horses, and sheep living freely in nature.
They also offer hands-on activities such as milking and horseback riding. Admission is free.

Cows
Cows
Sheep and cherry blossoms
Sheep and cherry blossoms
Address
5265-103 Yoshinomotocho, Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

4. Kirishima Open-Air Museum

Located on a highland plateau at about 700 meters above sea level, this open-air museum is a harmonious combination of Kirishima's nature and modern art.
The exhibition features 23 works by famous Japanese and international artists, including Yayoi Kusama, one of Japan's most renowned artists. Take your time to enjoy the art in beautiful nature.

Kirishima Open-Air Museum
Kirishima Open-Air Museum
Address
6340-220 Koba, Yusuicho, Airagun, Kagoshima
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)