This mountain is said to be where the goddess Amaterasu's grandson descended to Earth to establish the Japanese Imperial Family. Trouble is, the distant town of Takachiho also claims that honor. The dispute has never been settled, either legally or spiritually. Mt. Takchiho is at the southern end of the Kirishima range, and a hike to the summit takes about three hours. One a clear day, you can see the surrounding mountains in Kirishima National Park. Due to volcanic activity
in the area, particularly of Shinmoedake, some trails may be closed. Ask ahead of time at the Takachiho-gawara Visitor Center, 0995–57–2505.
Kirishima, Kagoshima-ken, Japan