Mount Kaimondake at the southern end of the Satsuma Peninsula is a dormant volcano standing at 924m. It is often referred to as "Satsuma Fuji" because of its perfectly conical shape similar to that of Mount Fuji. A 2-3 hour walk up the gently spiraling trail leads to the top, where you can get unobstructed views of a lake in the north and the ocean in the south. Note that there is no toilet on the route.
There is a nature park at the foot of the southern slopes, and you can see tropical flowers like hibiscus, 500 different edible cactuses, and locally bred horses registered as a national natural monument. The Nagasakibana Cape, 20km east, make a good side trip to visit a lighthouse and a cluster of souvenir shops
Airport/Sta.Kagoshima Airport (about 71.3km) Google Transit
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4.011 months ago
Great place for hiking. A bit tough for beginners.
5.04 months ago
Full of nature
5.0a year ago
Beautiful volcano, both to look at from a distance and to climb. One of my favourite mountains in Kyushu
5.03 years ago
Amazing place to hike. A little bit difficult at the end so take good shoes with you. I do not recommend it during winter because it is very slippery there. Hike takes around 2h to complete (up the top). The best access in case you don't have a car is by train to Ibusuki station and by local bus from there to Kaimon station. (540Yen for the bus).
5.0a year ago
6 hour hiking. Mid-high level.