Factory / Workshop Spots in Kagoshima Area

  • Ooshima Tsumugimura
    75 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Oshimaguntatsugouchou Akaogi 1945
    A facility where visitors can watch Amami Oshima tsumugi pongee cloth being made and try making it themselves located a two-minute walk from the Oshima Tsumugimura-iriguchi bus stop. Visitors can listen to a courteous guide and watch as Oshima tsumugi is laboriously crafted in the adjoining workshop. The facility also offers a variety of classes, including T-shirt and handkerchief dorozome mud dyeing, weaving, and kimono wearing. The facility’s shop sells Oshima tsumugi accessories and exclusive Oshima tsumugi items in both Japanese and Western designs offered no place else.

    大島紬の事が良く理解出来る施設です。 大島紬は生地を染色するので無く、糸自体を染色して色々に染色された絹糸を織り込んで大島紬を作って行くとか。その工程は、最初から製織り製品になるまで41の沢山の工程をへて出来あがるとか-そりや高価なのも納得です。その工程に沿って女性の係員の方が丁寧に説明して頂けます。製織りの工程で、機織しているお婆さんと話をしたところ、40数年此の仕事をしているとか。一番の苦労は...

  • Kirishima Distillery
    43 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Kirishimataguchi 564-1
    A shochu distillery established in 1911. The distillery’s flagship Akarui Noson is made the traditional way in earthenware pots with spring water. Other than the first three days of the new year, visitors can view the distillery any day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The distillery tour takes 15 minutes and during the guided tour you can see everything from the actual production area where shochu is being made to the bottle filling area. The distillery’s shop offers samples and sells liqueurs and shochu liquors made on-site. Visitors can also hand draw their own shochu label and create their very own, one of a kind bottle of shochu.

    霧島神宮へ向かう途中に見つけて立ち寄りました。 販売所のスタッフの方にお願いすると、20分程の見学案内をすぐにして下さいます。 思っていた以上に自然の中で丁寧に作られており、是非飲んでみたいと思いました。 (名前は知っていたが飲んだことはなかった) また、スタッフの方が皆さん(スタッフ職人さんともに)優しくて丁寧に挨拶をして下さり、ファンになりました。 優しい方が丁寧に作るお酒は美味しいに違い...

  • Iso Artcraft Hall
    26 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yoshinochou 9688-24
    This gallery and shop is located in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture and adjoins a Satsuma Kiriko cut glass factory. Satsuma Kiriko is known for the gradations of color created by making deep cuts into thick glass, and its intricate designs and gorgeous hues make this traditional art a delight to behold. Though the techniques went out of use at the beginning of the Meiji period, a movement to revive the art started in 1985, and it continues to be produced today. Visitors can purchase utensils, interior goods, souvenirs, and other items, and they can also observe the creation process. The old-fashioned building itself is a registered Tangible Cultural Property, making it a must-see.

    スタバの隣に存在するのは鹿児島へ訪れる度に分かる存在感ある建物です。 中には薩摩切子の名工から若手の新作まで、製品が並びます。 その中に薩摩ボタン作家『薩摩志史』さんの作品を発見しました。 人気ある作家さんの為、ご本人のサイトでは完売であった作品が複数ありました。 垂水市の工房まで行くことなく購入でき、大変嬉しかったです。 数年間かけて探していたので、ご縁に感謝します。

  • Amami no sato
    6 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Nanei 1-8-1
    A sightseeing destination where visitors can come in contact with the culture and natural beauty of Amami Oshima. The 52 thousand square meter grounds enclose a beautiful, sprawling garden, and visitors can enjoy the site of tropical plants like Bougainvillea and Sago palms. There’s also a museum dedicated to the history of Oshima tsumugi pongee where visitors can learn about the history of this gorgeous fabric. Visitors can also experience area culture and try dyeing fabrics with vegetable dyes, weaving, and kumihimo string craft, or watch up close as masters weave spectacular Oshima tsumugi with specialized tools and skilled techniques. The adjoining restaurant serves local cuisine.

    たまたま前を通り 良さそうので寄ってみた 海外に今は行けないが バリの庭付きホテルを思い出させる 昼にコーヒーを飲んで ホテルでチェックイン後 夜も食事に再度訪れた 接客 雰囲気 料理 全て満足した

  • Yamakawa Electric Power Plant Museum
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Ibusuki-shi Yamagawa Ogawa 2303
    Adjoining the Yamakawa geothermal power plant, the museum uses informational panels, a power generation game, and an impressive virtual geo-theater to teach visitors about the workings of geothermal power generation in a fun way. Staff-guided power plant and museum tours (25-minute outdoor facility tour, 15-minute movie viewing) enable visitors to view the power plant's facilities up close.

    初めて地熱発電所と言うところに行きました。 水力とは違った自然の力を利用した発電所ですが、 そのスケールに驚きました。 一見の価値ありだと思います。

  • Terubozu
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Oshima-gun Yamatoson Kuninao 73
    This log cabin-style building facing the Kuninao Coast is both a cafe and plant-based dyeing shop. You can taste the specialties of Yamato Village in an atmosphere where you can fully feel the slower atmosphere of the island. You can also enjoy the taste of nature as the vegetables used in the dishes are from their organic home-grown vegetable garden. The owner is an artist who has had a solo exhibition in New York, and the shop offers dyeing experiences besides exhibiting and selling a variety of plant-based dyed products.


  • Hombo Shuzo Yakushima Densho-gura
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Kumage-gun Yakushimacho Anbo 2384
    "This shochu distillery with deep roots on Yakushima Island, the ""Alps of the Sea,"" has created handcrafted honkaku shochu in traditional earthenware pots since being founded in 1960. It is the only distillery that makes sweet potato shochu with sweet potatoes grown on Yakushima Island. Visitors can even watch the mashing process if they visit at the right time. The distillery uses 56 irreplaceable earthenware pots passed down since 1887 and the island's extremely soft water, which is listed amongst the Top 100 Famous Waters of Japan, to create shochu with a smooth taste and fine flavor."

    Short tour and explanation of production of Shōchū (焼酎) followed by tasting session afterward. Tour is in Japanese so you will require a translator.

  • Kiln of 15th Chin Jukan
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Hiokishi Higashichikichoumiyama 1715
    This historic pottery in Miyama is operated by the 15th potter to go by the name Chin Jukan. This lineage of potters is best known for their beautiful works of white Satsuma ware. The masterpieces of previous Chin Jukans are displayed inside the building. Visitors can purchase works of white Satsuma ware and even watch the potter at work in his wheel room through the window.
  • Amami Oshima Distillery
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Oshima-gun Tatsugocho Ura 1864-2
    "This brewery is located a ten-minute bus ride from Amami Oshima Airport, and a four-minute walk from the Aijuen-mae bus stop. It manufactures and sells brown sugar shochu, which is permitted to be made only on the Amami Islands. Jogo, a shochu made from brown sugar using Amami Oshima's sugarcane and Tatsugo Town's famous water ""Jogo no Tensensui,"" is characterized by its mild and refreshing taste. It has been awarded with the Monde Selection. In addition, there is a shochu tasting corner, and factory tours are held three times a day."
  • Tomita Shuzojo
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Amami-shi Naze Irifunecho 7-ban 8-go


  • Satsuma Kinzangura
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Ichikikushikinoshi Noshita 13665
    This refined sake brewery, Kagoshima’s foremost, is located a 10-minute drive from JR Kushikino Station. Utilizing a 120-kilometer-long tunnel dug as part of the Kushikino Mine which once supported the bygone Satsuma Domain, the brewery produces shochu liquors based on recipes predating the Meiji period. Visitors can ride a mine trolley and view the earthenware vessels used for brewing and at the same time experience the vestiges of what was once a prosperous mine. The brewery’s shop sells gifts and souvenirs such as local specialty products and Satsuma Kinzangura brand shochus and refines sakes. Visitors can also relax in the adjoining brewery café.
  • Musougura
    Travel / Tourism
    1-1-17 Natsushima, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture
    A facility where you can see and hear up close the processes involved in creating Kagoshima’s famed sweet potato shochu liquor. Here visitors can breathe in the scent of koji wafting from one of the top wood barrel stills in the prefecture, and view the traditional production process involved as the chief brewer and other workers go about tending the great earthenware pots buried in the ground. The adjoining shop sells some 200 varieties of Satsuma (Kagoshima) shochu, including popular and limited run products, plus other products and merchandise offered no place else. Shop to your heart’s content while sampling shochu liquors and umeshu plum liqueurs.
  • Satsuma Shuzo Shochu Distillery, Meijigura
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Makurazakishi Tategamihonmachi 26
    This storehouse, viewable to the general public, belongs to Satsuma Shuzo, a company which makes Satsuma Shiranami shochu. The charm and craftsmanship of the late Meiji period, when full-fledged shochu production methods were established, still hangs in the air. Inside, information is presented on the history and culture of authentic shochu, and visitors can see large pots and tools actually used to make shochu. With an advance reservation, visitors can watch the shochu production preparation process and sample shochu for free. In the adjoining Kedogawa Beer House restaurant, you can enjoy shochu and sweet potato beer as well as dishes made with fresh, local ingredients.
  • Sasshu Hamadaya Denbee
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Ichikikushikino-shi Minatomachi 4-chome 1-banchi
    This brewery and distillery founded in 1868 produces honkaku shochu with a focus on recreations of shochu from the Meiji period. It also produces craft beers, liqueurs, and more. They are most notable for the level of attention paid to the earthenware pots, stills, koji room, and other facilities used to handcraft each of their refined honkaku shochu. One of their notable products is Nanako, an organic and undiluted shochu made with Japan's oldest existing culture of yellow koji mold (Aspergillus oryzae) that recreates the flavors of ancient shochu. Visitors can enjoy touring the brewery's facilities and tasting its products at the attached shop.
  • Kagoshima Shuzo Kurose-toji Densho-gura
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Akune Sakaemachi 130
    "This distillery was founded on a slope overlooking the East China Sea in 1967. It strives every day to make shochu while receiving the blessings of the sea breeze and the wild yeasts that have long made a home in the distillery. Their flagship brand, Satsuma Morohaku, is made in accordance with the shochu making traditions of the Akune region. The use of white koji mold gives this excellent sweet potato honkaku shochu its characteristically smooth taste. Its name comes from a historical anecdote in which Shimazu Mitsuhisa, the second lord of the Satsuma Domain, referred to the local shochu he was presented with while visiting Akune as ""morohaku"" in praise of its excellent flavor. Another popular offering is Yakiimo Kurose, a roasted sweet potato shochu that has captured the hearts of many honkaku shochu fans with its comforting sweetness and the flavor of roasted sweet potatoes."
  • Kozuma Shuzo
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Kumage-gun Minamitanecho Nakanokami 2480
    "This distillery is located in Minamitane Town, the closest town in Japan to space. Since it was first established in 1926, the distillery has continued to make shochu with deep roots on Tanegashima beloved by the island's people. Their flagship brand Nansen is a traditional shochu noted for its rich flavor and gentle taste. The shochu, which has a pronounced scent of sweet potato, instantly fills the palate with a mellow flavor. In addition to preserving shochu making traditions, the distillery also engages in numerous new initiatives. One such initiative was the creation of Uchu Kyodai, a sweet potato honkaku shochu that features characters from the manga series ""Space Brothers"" on the bottle. Another initiative was the creation of HAYABUSA2 Tanegashima kara no Tabidachi, which commemorated the launch of the Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer."
  • Satsuma Vidro Artcrafts
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Satsuma-gun Satsumacho Nagano 5665-5 Kannondaki Park
    This Satsuma Kiriko cut glass gallery and workshop is surrounded by rich nature inside Kannondaki Park. It makes and sells Satsuma Kiriko, a style of cut glass created in the Satsuma Domain near at the end of the Edo period. Satsuma Kiriko is characterized by the appealing graduations between the clear glass and the vibrant colored glass created by hand by skilled artisans. The attached workshop offers glasswork experiences including glass cutting, sandblasting, and wind chime painting.
  • Wakashio Shuzo
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Shibushi-shi Shibushicho Anraku 215
    "This shochu distiller established in 1968 is comprised of two separate distilleries; Sengokugura, which aims at preserving the traditions and culture of shochu, and Shisangura, which aims to produce ""the ultimate everyday spirit."" The company continues to produce fine shochu that connects people to people. A 60-meter-long tunnel storehouse that provides the stable temperature and humidity needed to carefully age shochu has been built on the grounds. It stores large earthenware pots that contain the equivalent of 10,000 standard 1.8-liter bottles. The Sengokugura distillery offers tours year-round. Visitors can view the tunnel storehouse, the wooden barrel still, and other facilities. It is even possible to watch shochu being made by hand in earthenware pots and a wooden barrel still from September to December."
  • Oyama Jinhichi Shoten
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Ibusuki-shi Nishikata 4657
    "This distillery established in 1875 makes and sells sweet potato honkaku shochu. It continues to craft sweet potato shochu brewed with groundwater of superior quality. Their Jinshichi shochu is made with nothing more than mineral-rich natural groundwater, kurokoji (black koji mold), and freshly-harvested sweet potatoes. It is noted for a savory flavor evocative of roasted sweet potatoes. It has a refreshing sharpness and an enjoyable light sweetness and minute savoriness characteristic of kurokoji. In addition to respecting traditions, the distillery also explores innovative approaches to shochu making. One example of this is their development of ""space shochu"" made with Atsuhime yeast that was flown on NASA's Space Shuttle and cultivated in zero gravity."
  • Ogaku Pottery
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Kagoshima-shi Sakurajimaakamizucho 1360
    This pottery located in the foothills of Sakurajima, the symbol of Kagoshima, creates Sakurajima ware. The pottery, which originally started out making white Satsuma ware, is notable for being operated entirely by women. Sakurajima ware is an original style of pottery made with Sakurajima's volcanic ash and hot spring water. Mixing volcanic ash with hot spring water that has a deep red color due to its high iron content gives Sakurajima ware a subdued elegance and a silver luster. The pottery also offers art workshops using Sakurajima's volcanic ash (reservation required).

Kagoshima Areas


Over 100 active volcanoes across Kagoshima make it one of the Japan's most exciting prefectures. The prefectural capital, Kagoshima city, looks out to one of the prefecture’s most spectacular volcanoes, Sakurajima, an island of its own that can be visited and seen close up or admired from afar, with the promise of breathtaking sunsets complete with frequent puffs of smoke and ash. Down the Satsuma Peninsula, the most southerly part of mainland Japan, waterfalls, sand onsen, and fascinating history await, while Kagoshima's abundance of satsuma imo (sweet potato) provide a wholesome snack as well as one of Japan's favourite drinks - shochu.

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