Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park

Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park (霧島錦江湾国立公園 Kirishima-Kinkowan Kokuritsu Kōen) is a national park in Kyūshū, Japan. It is composed of Kirishima-Kagoshima Bay, an area of Kagoshima Prefecture and Miyazaki Prefecture known for its active volcanoes, volcanic lakes, and onsen. The total area is 365.86 square kilometres (141.26 sq mi).

Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Summit of Sakurajima
Summit of Sakurajima from Yunoyori Observatory
LocationMiyazaki, Kagoshima, Kyūshū, Japan
Area365.86 square kilometres (141.26 sq mi)
EstablishedMarch 16, 1934


On March 16, 1934, it was first established as Kirishima-Yaku National Park. On March 16, 2012 Yakushima was split of as the separate Yakushima National Park 325.53 square kilometres (125.69 sq mi) and Kirishima-Yaku National Park was renamed to Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park.

The area become famous as Japan’s first honeymoon spot, because Ryoma Sakamoto took his wife Oryo there.[1]

Kirishima was used as a filming location for the 1967 James Bond movie, You Only Live Twice.[2]


Major scenic spots

Kirishima area

Kagoshima Bay area

Sakura-jima from space

Aira Caldera spreading in the north of Kagoshima

Unagiike Kagoshima Japan

Arial photo of Unagiike (1974)

Related municipalities

See also


  1. ^ "About Kirishima - Kagoshima Travel Guide | Planetyze". Planetyze. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  2. ^ "You Only Live Twice (1967) - Filming Locations". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
  3. ^ "Introducing places of interest: Kirishima-Yaku National Park". Ministry of the Environment. Archived from the original on 22 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Kirishima-Yaku National Park". Kirishima City. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.

External links

List of national parks of Japan

National Parks (国立公園, Kokuritsu Kōen) and Quasi-National Parks (国定公園, Kokutei Kōen) in Japan are places of scenic beauty designated for protection and sustainable usage by the Minister of the Environment under the Natural Parks Law (自然公園法) of 1957. National Parks are designated and in principle managed by the Ministry of the Environment. Quasi-National Parks, of a slightly lesser beauty, size, diversity, or state of preservation, are recommended for ministerial designation and managed by the Prefectures under the supervision of the Ministry.

Miyazaki Prefecture

Miyazaki Prefecture (宮崎県, Miyazaki-ken) is a prefecture of Japan on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Miyazaki.

Yakushima National Park

Yakushima National Park (屋久島国立公園, Yakushima Kokuritsu Kōen) is a protected area located in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu. It includes parts of the Ōsumi Islands with Yakushima, the entire island Kuchinoerabu-jima and some surrounding marine areas. The total size is 325.53 square kilometres (125.69 sq mi).The national park was established on March 16, 1964 and assigned to the Kirishima National Park, which became Kirishima-Yaku National Park. On March 16, 2012 Yakushima was split of as the separate Yakushima National Park. Kirishima-Yaku National Park was renamed to Kirishima-Kinkōwan National Park with an area of 365.86 km².

National Parks
Quasi-National Parks


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