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Mount Kaimon

Mount Kaimon Mount Kaimon is an active volcano located about 15 km west-southwest of Ibusuki hot spring resort.

It has a near-complete cone shape. The shape looks like Mount Fuji, so it is sometimes called "Satsuma-Fuji".
The height is 924 meters, and the western, southern and southeastern foots face the East China Sea directly.

The last great eruption occured in 885, and it has been calm since that.
In 2000, emissions of light volcanic gas had occured for a few weeks.

A climbing trail to the top is set up.
The entrance is at the northern foot, and the trail runs in spirals on the come mountainside.
We can reach the top within three hours.

How to get to here

By railroad and route bus

  1. By JR Ibusuki-Makurazaki Line, from Kagoshima-Chuo to Yamakawa, about 1 hour and 10 minutes by rapid train, about 1 hour and 30 minutes by local train.
    (Most rapid trains are for Ibusuki. Change a local train. The naxt station is Yamakawa.)
  2. By route bus, from Yamakawa station to Mount Kaimon, about 30-40 minutes.

By railroad

  1. By JR Ibusuki-Makurazaki Line, from Kagoshima-Chuo to Yamakawa, about 1 hour and 10 minutes by rapid train, about 1 hour and 30 minutes by local train.
    (Most rapid trains are for Ibusuki. Change a local train. The naxt station is Yamakawa.)
  2. Change the train to Makurazaki. About 22 minutes to Kaimon station.
    But there are only a few train services in the daytime.



Mount Kaimon
©Kagoshima Prefectural Tourist Federation / ©JNTO
One of the few train services in Ibusuki-Makurazaki Line
A view from the eastern coast

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