Kirishima is a volcanic mountain area which borders between Kagoshima Prefecture and Miyazaki Prefecture of Japan. This area is regarded as the sacred site where the Shinto God Ninigi no Mikoto, was sent to rule earth, thus creating the lineages of the oldest monarchy in the world. The mystic atmosphere of this active volcanic area provides scenic hiking trails and hot springs for adventurous travelers in search of Japanese mythology. Besides the Kirishima Ridge Trail which is around 12 kilometers long filled with several hiking courses depending on the season of travel. Other popular tourist attractions include Kirishima Shrine and Kirishima Osen. While at Kirishima Shrine, travelers can experience the atmosphere of this spiritual area, which is said to be the location where Ninigi no Mikoto descended from heaven bringing the three imperial regalia to rule over Earth. Visitors can relax at the Kirishima Osen area that is referred to the locals as one of the top quality hot springs in Japan. Dozens of different hot springs come to form Kirishima Osen with a wide spread area of hot spring hotels and traditional ryokans. Enjoy the traditional kaiseki cuisine known worldwide as eatable art in Japan at the many ryokans of the area. The sulfuric waters have a therapeutic effect on the skin from skin allergies, neck and joint pains to beauty enjoyed by travelers from around the world.
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A sulfuric hot spring area located in Kagoshima Prefecture with a view of the nearby Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay.