Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park

An SDGs journey in a fascinating land of volcanoes.

Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park is located in Japan.
It consists of a string of giant caldera volcanoes straddling
Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures.

An SDG perspective in everyday travel.

SDGs refer to Sustainable Development Goals. Recently, the tourism industry is promoting Responsible Tourism, where travelers must be mindful of the environment, and SDGs in general.

Kinko Bay with Sakurajima and Kirishima have one thing in common: volcanoes. Traveling with an understanding of the blessings, traditions, culture, and awe that volcanoes have brought to this place will reveal what this place and its inhabitants cherish and what should be protected for the future.

Kinko Bay


Sea kayak tours led by a famous guide to enjoying the rich nature of Sakurajima・Kinko-wan Bay with awareness and discovery.

we interviewed Mr. Naomi Nomoto, an adventurer and professional tour guide who runs "Kagoshima Kayaks," about the charm of Sakurajima and Kinko-wan Bay as a place of play and learning and how to play and learn.


The charm of Sakurajima and Kinko Bay where you can learn, know and feel from two experts

This time we visited and talked with Mr. Daisuke Fukushima, volcano geologist and president of the NPO Sakurajima Museum, and Mr. Baku Hamamoto, marine ecologist and president of the NPO Kusunoki Nature Center. The stories of these two experts on Sakurajima and Kinko Bay, including Sakurajima's history, its relationship with people, and the natural characteristics and rarity of Kinko Bay, are full of hints for us travelers to become responsible tourists.



Attraction of Kirishima as a Geopark taught by a famous guide

We interviewed Mr. Masashi Takada, the representative of Sakurajima Geo369, which provides guiding activities in Sakurajima-Kinko Bay Geopark and is also a certified Kirishima Geopark guide, about the charm of Kirishima as a geopark and tips on how to approach the area for enjoyment.


Kirishima trip to experience the great nature firsthand through such popular approaches as e-bikes and mountain stamp books

We spoke with Mr. Koichi Shinbata, secretary general of the Kirishima City Tourism Association, about the charms of the Kirishima area, which is surrounded by great nature, and how to tour the area to fully experience it.


A tour is being held to learn deeply about the story surrounding the volcanoes of Kirishima and Kinko Bay (Sakurajima) and think about the future of this area.

Yakushima, Amami Oshima, Tokunoshima

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