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Kirishima/Myoken Course

This trail is known as the path where the famous Sakamoto Ryoma (1836-1867), who laid down the foundation for Japan’s modernization, walked with his bride, Oryo for honeymoon. For the first time an English word ”honeymoon” was used for their trip by Ryoma himself and it is known for first honeymoon in Japan. Mt. Kirishima, noted as one of 100 famous mountains in Japan, was the first place in Japan to be designated as a national park with Unzen and its landscape is truly magnificent. The starting point, Myoken, is a well-known Hot Spring area in a deep valley. Hot Springs spread on both sides of valley as you look down from suspension bridge over Amorigawa River. The steam rising from Hot Springs blends with river sound and disappears, and the real trekking begins just after crossing the bridge. Deep forest continues to the end of the course. The path is perfect for trekking. In early spring, the forest is filled with wisteria flowers, and in autumn the path is covered with fallen leaves and chestnuts, but cedar trees towering skyward are most impressive. As you walk through, you will come to Inukaino Taki Waterfall and Wake Shrine which purifies you mind completely. At the arrival point, you can soak your tired feet in the free foot bath. There is also a memorial hall where you can review the personal history of Sakamoto Ryoma.

11km
4~5 Hours
Intermediate
Kirishima City Tourism Department TEL 0995-45-5111
Kirishima City Tourist Association TEL 0995-78-2115

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