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Ebino Kogen (Ebino Plateau)
Ebino Kogen (Ebino Plateau), located in the northern part of Japan's first national park Kirishima Yaku National Park (present: Kirishima Kinkowan National Park), is a plateau at 1,200 meters, surrounded by southern Kyushu's Kirishima mountains such as the popular trekking spots Kankokutake, Koshikitake, Ebinodake and Shiratoriyama, and is one of Miyazaki prefecture's top tourist spots that is known as a hidden treasure with rich nature. In the north side of the plateau, there are volcanic lakes including Fudo-ike, Rokkannonmi-ike and Byakushi-ike. Ebino Park is also a very popular photo spot, where beautiful seasonal scenes can be enjoyed throughout the whole year.
- 1495-5 Suenaga, Ebino-shi, Miyazaki
- From JR Kirishima Jingu Station, take Iwasaki Bus for 30 min, get off at Maruo, change to Kirishima Renzan Bus and get off at the last stop after 30 min.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Ebino Eco Museum Center: 9:00-17:00
- Official Website
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
For the latest information, please check the official website for each spot.
Seasonal Scenic Beauty of Ebino Kogen
During spring through early summer at Ebino Kogen, one can see Nokaido flowers, which is a registered natural monument and unique to this area in the world, and Miyama Kirishima, the azalea species that represents Kirishima. In summer, Natsutsubaki (summer camellia) bloom and in autumn, trees take on the vivid colors of autumn leaves.
Habitat of Miyama Kirishima
The Tsutsujigaoka (azalea hill), located in short walking distance from Ashiyuno Eki Ebino Kogen, is one of the best habitats of Miyama Kirishima within Kirishima Kinkowan National Park and has about 30,000 azalea bushes covering six hectares. The Miyama Kirishima, which bloom around late May through mid-June, create beautiful views with their various colors from light pink to light purple.
Byakushi-ike, a Volcanic Lake
Byakushi-ike is a volcanic lake located in Ebino Kogen. This 250-meter wide and 1-meter deep volcanic lake can be approached up close to its shores to observe the shallow water through which you can clearly see the bottom of the lake. It also has a history of having been used as a natural ice skating rink in the past.
Ebino Eco Museum Center
Ebino Eco Museum Center, located close to the trail entrance of Kankokudake, introduces the abundant nature and highlights of Ebino Kogen through photographs, videos and dioramas. Stop by on your way, as it provides useful information for enjoying the plateau's lakes and hiking trails.