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Subject: List of Historic Sites of Japan (Kagoshima), Hayato Tani, Uenohara site, Daiichi Junior College of Infant Education, Miyuki Maeda
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Kirishima, Kagoshima

From top left: Kirishima shrine, Uenohara site, Mount Kirishima from Maruoka, Producing Black Vinegar at Fukuyama, Ryokukeitouen of Eino-o Onsen, Kagoshima Airport.
From top left: Kirishima shrine, Uenohara site, Mount Kirishima from Maruoka, Producing Black Vinegar at Fukuyama, Ryokukeitouen of Eino-o Onsen, Kagoshima Airport.
Flag of Kirishima
Location of Kirishima in Kagoshima Prefecture
Location of Kirishima in Kagoshima Prefecture
Kirishima is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Kagoshima Prefecture
 • Mayor Shūji Maeda
 • Total 603.68 km2 (233.08 sq mi)
Population (July 1, 2011)
 • Total 127,727
 • Density 211.58/km2 (548.0/sq mi)
 • Tree Round Leaf Holly and Maple
 • Flower Kyushu Azalea and Winged Tobacco
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address 3-45-1, Kokubu Chūō, Kirishima-shi, Kagoshima-ken
Phone number 0995-45-5111

Kirishima (霧島市 Kirishima-shi) is a city located in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

Kirishima has the second largest population of the cities in Kagoshima Prefecture. It is a crossroads for commerce between Kagoshima and Miyazaki Prefectures. It is also the home of the Kagoshima Airport, the terminus for the JR Hisatsu line, and is served by two major expressways. The former Kokubu-Hayato area was designated as a "Technopolis" as high tech industries such as Sony and Kyocera opened facilities in the city.

As of July 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 127,727 with 58,159 households and a population density of 211.58 persons per km². The total area is 603.68 km².

The modern city of Kirishima was established on November 7, 2005, from the merger of the city of Kokubu, and the towns of Fukuyama, Hayato, Kirishima (former), Makizono, Mizobe and Yokogawa (all from Aira District).

The Uenohara site dates from the Jōmon period. Shrines include Kirishima-Jingū.


  • Topography 1
  • Neighboring municipalities 2
  • Economy 3
  • Transportation 4
    • Railways 4.1
    • Highways 4.2
    • Bus 4.3
    • Airport 4.4
  • Education 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


An image taken from the International Space Station showing Kirishima and its surroundings on January 10, 2013

Neighboring municipalities


Japan Air Commuter headquarters

Japan Air Commuter has its headquarters in Kirishima.[1]



Both lines are operated by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu)



  • Kagoshima Kotsu
  • Iwasaki Bus Network
  • Nangoku Kotsu


Kagoshima Airport in City of Kirishima



  1. ^ "会社概要." Japan Air Commuter. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.

External links

  • Kirishima City official website (Japanese)
  • Kagoshima Prefectural Visitors Bureau official website (English)
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