Japan Guides: Kaimondake (Mt. Kaimon)
Kaimondake (Satsuma Fuji) 開聞岳
Kaimondake aka "Satsuma Fuji" dominates the scenery on the southern tip of Satsuma Peninsula in Kagoshima Prefecture and is part of Kirishima-Yasu National Park.
Mt. Kaimon is 924m high and last erupted in 885 AD. An almost perfect conical volcano, now considered dormant, Kaimondake is often compared with its more famous cousin Mt. Fuji, far to the north on Honshu.
Mt. Kaimon can be hiked up and down in about 4-5 hours but walkers need to equip themselves with lots of water and some food, especially in summer, as there is no water on the mountain.
The hike to the summit of Mt. Kaimon includes seeing a number of wild plants such as wild strawberries in season.
Access - Getting to Kaimondake
Kaimondake is close to Cape Nagasakibana and the modern Ryugu Shrine. Also within a short drive is Flower Park and the pleasant town of Chiran with its graceful samurai district complete with neat gardens and historic homes and the Kamikaze Peace Museum.
By car, Mt. Kaimon is approximately 70km south of Kagoshima city and is more or less a two-hour drive. Take National Highway 226 heading south.
By train from Ibusuki get off at Yamakawa Station and head for Kaimon Furiai Park and the trail head.
Returning to Kagoshima there are trains leaving Yamakawa at 3.46pm, 4.29pm and 5.06pm with the last train at 10.04pm with a change at Ibusuki.