Mt. Karakunidake of Kirishima climbing record

For this climb  Exertion Level:★★☆☆☆  Difficulty Level:★☆☆☆☆  Scenic Level:★★★★☆

For this climb
Exertion Level:★★☆☆☆
Difficulty Level:★☆☆☆☆
Scenic Level:★★★★☆

The best shot for this climb



Schedule

  1. □ Duration:1 Day
  2. □ Term of Climbing:05.05.2017 ~ 05.05.2017
  3. □ Date at Summit: 05.05.2017

Weather

  1. □ Weather:Partly Cloudy
  2. □ Highest Temperature:24.0°C
  3. □ Lowest Temperature:15.0°C

Climbing Course

  1. □ Distance:9.7km
  2. □ Cumulative Elevation:784m
  3. □ Course:Onami Lake Corse
  4. □ Further Information:Time Schedule
     06:22 Onami Lake Starting point - 07:08 Onami Lake - 08:13 Karakunidake Lodge - 09:17 Karakunidake (summit) 09:50 - 10:46 Karakunidake Lodge - 12:01 Onami Lake - 12:42 Onami Lake Climbing Entrance

    ※ I suppose there are no difficulties with this climb. But, the weather is changeable and it can change easily to dense fog, so just pay attention to the weather conditions.


Approach to Starting Point

  1. □ Transportation:Airplane
  2. □ Time to Starting Point:About 1.5 hours from Kagoshima city to Kirishima by car, and about 1.5 hours from Haneda Airport to Kagoshima Airport.
  3. □ Further Information:Tenmonkan-(Kagoshima Highway)-Kagoshima Airport-(National highway)-Onami Lake climbing entrance

Location


The Map of Climbing Course

Mt. Karakunidake of Kirishima The map of the climb

Altitude × Temperature

Mt. Karakunidake of Kirishima Altitude × Temperature

My Impressions

This mountain’s name’s Kanji (韓国岳) is the same as South Korea (韓国), but it has a different pronunciation. — 岳 means mountain. So, when I posted that I’m going to climb it, many people thought that I am going to go to South Korea. But, it is located in Miyazaki Prefecture of Kyushu, Japan. This mountain has a different name of Mt. Kirishimayama, but it doesn’t indicate a specific mountain. When we say Mt. Kirishimayama, it includs 3~4 peaks of mountains. Among them, Mt. Karakunidake is the highest.
I have no friends or acquaintances from Kyushu, so I didn’t have information about this area. I didn’t know that Kirishima is famous for hot-springs as well. The town had a sulfur gas smell that I love, so I could smell it everywhere and whenever I want. It was such a happy time. And the hot-spring was the best I have ever been to. My Hot-spring ranking was that the first was Zao of Yamagata Prefecture, and next was Kusatsu of Gunma Prefecture. But, the list has changed after this trip. There are no hot-springs as awesome as this one. Add this to your bucket lists.


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《 Legend 》
* : 100 famous mountains of Japan
: Unable to Summit

【2018】
OCT Mt. Zao (Kumanodake) (1,840m)* Mt. Gassan (1,984m)* 
AUG Mt. Sannoto-Tonodake-Nabewari (1,491m)* 
MAY Mt. Tonodake (1,491m)* 

【2017】
DEC Mt. Tanigawa (1,977m)* 
MAY Mt. Kaimondake (924m)* Mt. Aso (1,592m)* Mt. Karakunidake of Kirishima (1,700m)* Mt. Sakurajima (1,117m) Mt. Ena (2,191m)* Mt. Arashimadake (1,523m)* 
APR Mt. Ibuki (1,377m)* Mt. Yakedake (2,455m)* 
MAR Mt. Senjogatake (3,033m)* 
FAB Mt. Kiso-Komagatake (2,956m)* 
JAN Mt. Tanigawadake (1,977m)* Mt. Nyoho (2,303m) Mt. Yatsugatake (2,899m)* 

【2016】
DEC Mt. Jonendake (2,857m)*↓ Mt. Yakedake (2,455m)*↓ Mt. Tanigawa-Bateikei (1,945m)* 
NOV Mt. Aizu-Komagatake (2,132m)* Mt. Sukai (2,144m)* Mt. Nyoho (2,463m) 
OCT Mt. Daisen (1,729m)* Mt. Echigo-sanzan (2,085m)* Mt. Takatsuma (2,353m)* Mt. Amagi (1,406m)* 
SEP Mt. Azumaya (2,354m)* Mt. Iwaki (1,625m)* Mt. Hakkoda (1,584m)* 
AUG Mt. Ryogami (1,723m)* Mt. Shibutsu (2,228m)* Mt. Hayachine (1,917m)* 
JUL Mt. Haku (2,707m)* 
JUN Mt. Nasudake (1,917m)* 
FAB Mt. Nikko-shirane (2,578m)*↓ 
JAN Mt. Utsukushigahara (2,034m)* 

【2015】
NOV Mt. Mizugaki (2,230m)* Mt. Kinpu (2,599m)* Mt. Daibosatsurei (2,057m)* 
OCT Mt. Yarigatake (3,180m)* Mt. Nantai (2,846m)* 
AUG Mt. Kobushidake (2,475m)* 
APR Mt. Nishiazuma (2,035m)* Mt. Adatara (1,699m)* 
MAR Mt. Houousanzan (2,841m)* Mt. Houousanzan (2,841m)*↓ 
FAB Mt. Tanigawadake (1,977m)* 
JAN Mt. Azumaya (2,354m)*↓ 

【2014】
DEC Mt. Yatsugatake (2,899m)* Mt. Kogashi (582m) 
NOV Mt. Kogashi (582m) 
OCT Mt. Iwate (2,038m)* Mt. Hirugatake (1,673m) Mt. Asama (2,568m)* 
SEP Mt. Ryogami (1,723m)*↓ Mt. Utsukushigahara (2,034m)* Mt. Hiuchi (2,462m)* Mt. Myoko (2,454m)* Mt. Kashima-Yarigatake (2,889m)* Mt. Goryudake (2,814m)* Mt. Nikko-Shirane (2,578m)* 
AUG Mt. Ontake (3,067m)* Mt. Kiso-Komagatake (2,956m)*↓ 
JUL Mt. Kai-Komagatake (2,967m)* Mt. Kasatori (1,953m) 
JUN Mt. Kirigamine (1,925m)* Mt. Tateshina (2,531m)* Mt. Adatara (1,699m)* Mt. Bandai (1,816m)* 
MAY Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane (2,160m)* Mt. Myogi (1,103m) Mt. Hiuchigatake (2,356m)* Mt. Zao-Okama (1,758m)* 
APR Mt. Karasawadake (3,103m) Mt. Kenashiiwa (1,300m) Mt. Makihata (1,967m)* Mt. Takegawadake (1,051m) 
MAR Mt. Kumotori (2,017m)* Mt. Yatsugatake (2,899m)* Mt. Tanzawa (1,567m)* 
FAB Mt. Tanigawadake (1,977m)*↓ 
JAN Mt. Nyugasa (1,955m) Mt. Tonodake (1,491m) 

I'm not sure below because I forgot where I climbed.

【2013】
DEC Mt. Kitayatsugatake (2,840m) Mt. Tanigawadake (1,977m)*↓ 
NOV Mt. Yatsugatake (2,899m)* 
JUN Mt. Joshu-Hotaka (2,158m)* Mt. Tanigawa (1,977m)* 
MAY Mt. Joshu-Hotaka (2,158m)*↓ Mt. Kumotori | Hiryu (2,017m)* 
FAB Mt. Tounodake (1,491m) 
JAN Mt. Kumotori (2,017m)* 

【2012】
DEC Mt. Tounodake (1,491m) Mt. Tanzawa (1,567m)* Mt. Kumotori (2,017m)* 
SEP (0m) 
AUG Mt. Akagi (1,828m)* 

【2011】
AUG Mt. Tsukuba (877m)* 
MAY Mt. Tounodake (1,491m) 

【2010】
SEP Mt. Gumo (977m) 

【2009】
JUL Mt. Fuji (3,776m)*