Mount Karakuni

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Mount Karakuni
Kirishima Karakunidake 2.jpg
Mount Karakuni, September 2008
Highest point
Elevation1,700 m (5,600 ft)[1]
Coordinates31°56′03″N 130°51′42″E / 31.93417°N 130.86167°E / 31.93417; 130.86167Coordinates: 31°56′03″N 130°51′42″E / 31.93417°N 130.86167°E / 31.93417; 130.86167

Karakunidake (韓国岳) or Mount Karakuni (1,700m) is a volcano in Kagoshima and Miyazaki Prefectures, Japan. It is part of Kirishima-Yaku National Park.[1][2]


Karakunidake was named as such from two accounts before the Edo period: the first of which referred to the mountain's barren surface, and the second which claimed that climbers can see the distant Korean Peninsula across the sea.[3]

Some maps erroneously spell its name as "唐国岳" (Karakunidake), with the kanji "唐" in place of "韓".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Kirishima-Yaku National Park". Natural Parks Foundation. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Introducing places of interest: Kirishima-Yaku National Park". Ministry of the Environment. Archived from the original on 22 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  3. ^ Mt. Karakunidake - Japan National Tourism Organization