Nature Spots in Kagoshima Area

  • Ogawa Falls
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    4.5
    92 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Kimotsuki-gun Minamiosumicho

    Lovely spot. We accidentally went to the wrong parking lot first- theres one that leads to an area at the top of the falls, but we wanted to walk along the river and see the bottom of the falls...

  • Izumi City Crane Observation Center
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Izumishi Shou 2478-4
    A facility located a 40-minute drive from the Tsunagi interchange on the west circuit of the Minamikyushu Expressway where visitors can watch cranes up close. Only open from November 1 to the fourth Sunday in March the following year, the facility is a top wintertime tourism destination in Izumi City. From the two story, reinforced concrete building, the site of the over 10 thousand cranes which gather in the area is truly spectacular. The facility opens early only on January 1, enabling visitors at this time to see the first sunrise of the new year emerging over the cranes. There is a shop and café on the first floor, and visitors can enjoy a warm cup of coffee while watching the cranes.

    Has an interesting amount of crane information. Doesnt open until after the cranes have flown in the morning. Has good views of the feeding cranes later in the day.

  • Cape Sata
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kimotsukigunminamiosumichou Satamagome 417
    A cape located on the southernmost tip of Kyushu facing the Osumi Strait. Located at 31 degrees north, the same latitude as New Delhi and Cairo, the cape is warm year round and subtropical plants such as Livistona and sago palms flourish here. Cape Sata Observatory Park and the surrounding area are currently closed due to renovations (as of January 2017) and are scheduled to reopen in 2018.
  • Yoronjima
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    Kagoshima Oshima-gun Yoroncho
  • Lake Ikeda
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    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Ikeda
    This crater lake has a circumference of 15 kilometers and reaches a depth of 233 meters, making it the largest such lake in Kyushu. Its clear, blue surface is a sight to behold, and a variety of seasonal flowers adorn the lakeside, making for an enchanting scene. The rape blossoms that bloom in January are especially gorgeous. The lake is also home to large eels that reach two meters in length and 50 centimeters in girth, but it is most famous for being the abode of the legendary monster “Issie.”
  • Shiratani Unsui-kyo Gorge
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kumagegunyakushimachou Miyanoura
    This is a ravine located on the Shiratani River, a tributary of the Miyanoura River flowing in the northern part of Yakushima. At an elevation of 620 meters, this is situated at a transition zone from evergreen forest to Yakusugi (a type of Japanese cryptomeria or cedar) forest, and here visitors can see Yayoisugi and stout Yakusugi with an estimated age of 3,000 years, and splendid waterfalls cascading through openings in granite builders can be seen at every turn. This is a magical old growth forest that reportedly served as the model for the animated film Princess Mononoke, and visitors will enjoy the mountain streams weaving through the natural beauty.
  • Sogi Falls
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    Kagoshima Isa-shi Okuchi Miyahito
  • Nagata Inakahama Beach
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kumagegunyakushimachou Nagata
    The beautiful weathered granite white sand of the beach is carried here from the Okudake Mountains of Yakushima Island by the Nagata River. This picturesque beach is also visited by sea turtles wandering the Pacific Ocean to lay their eggs.
  • Sarugajo Gorge Michi no Eki Tarumizu
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    4.0
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    Kagoshima Pref. Tarumizushi Shinmidou 1344-1
    This nature experience facility adjacent to Sarugajo Gorge is located at the base of the Takakuma Mountains inside a prefectural natural park. It is equipped with heated and air-conditioned cottages, a cooking pavilion, multipurpose conference rooms, a workshop, and other facilities. Visitors can enjoy activities such as exploring the lush nature around the gorge or canyoning in the summer (reservation required).

    巨大な岩がゴロゴロしている清流に沿って遊歩道が整備され、近くには財宝温泉、売店、喫茶店もありました。残念だったのは遊歩道や釣り橋が災害のため所々通行止めになっていたことです。早い時期の復興を願います。

  • Shiroyama
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Shiroyamachou
    A small, 107 meter tall mountain located in the center or an urban area in Kagoshima City. The site of a castle which belonged to the powerful Kaminoyama family during the Northern and Southern Dynasties, the mountain was also where the last bloody battle of the Satsuma Rebellion took place in 1877. Covered with some 400 year old great camphor trees, ferns, and sweet viburnum, and over 600 other varieties of plants, the mountain is a natural treasure trove home to countless wild birds and insects. A verdant walking path leads to a lookout deck and the sweeping view of Kagoshima City is breathtaking. The mountain was designated a national Historic Site and Natural Monument in 1931.
  • Maruo Falls
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    Kagoshima Kirishima-shi Makizonocho Takachiho
  • Cape Nagasakibana
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    Kagoshima Ibusuki-shi Yamagawaokachiyogamizu
  • Mt. Karakuni
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    Miyazaki Pref. Ebinoshi Suenaga
    This 1,700 meter-peak is the highest of the Kirishima Mountains. The origin of the mountain's name comes from the fact that it is high enough to be seen from the Korean Peninsula on days with fine weather. Volcanic like the surrounding mountains, a major characteristic is its 900 meter-wide and 300 meter-deep crater. Fir and Japanese red pine trees are clustered on the mountainside, and many shrubs near the top of the mountain. It is possible to see Kinko Bay, the crater lake Onami Pond and Sakurajima Island from Mt. Karakuni. In addition, the mountain climbing route goes around the outer edge of Onami Pond.
  • Senpiro Falls
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    Kagoshima Kumage-gun Yakushimacho
  • Oko no Taki Waterfall
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kumagegunyakushimachou Kurio
    Cascading down from an exhilarating height of 88 meters Oko-no-Taki Waterfall is the largest of Yakushima’s waterfalls and has been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls. Since visitors can walk directly down to the plunge basin, it is recommended to get up close and feel the intensity of the falls and experience the spray of the falls. Located close by is the Oko Yusui spring where water is bubbling forth from the ground, and this has also been selected as one of Japan’s top 100 exquisite and well-conserved waters. Take Yakushima Kotsu’s bus bound for Oko-no-Taki, get off at the final stop, and from there it is a three-minute walk.
  • Chiringashima Island
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    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Nishikata
    Chiringashima is an unpopulated island three kilometers in circumference floating in Kagoshima Bay. From March to October, a sandbar some 800 meters in length appears during the ebb of a spring or half tide, making it possible to walk to the island from the mainland. Because of this connection to the mainland, the island is also nicknamed the Love Knot Island and the sandbar is called the Ibusuki Chiririn Sand Road.
  • Ryumon Falls
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    Kagoshima Pref. Airashi Kajikichoukida 5266-1
    This waterfall is located in the Kida area of Kajiki-cho, Aira City. A large waterfall that 46 meters high and 43 meters wide, it is said to have been named because people from China who visited long ago said that it looked like the Dragon's Gate Falls in China. Known as a famous spot in Satsuma from long age, it has been chosen as one of the 100 Elections of the Waterfall in Japan. It is also illuminated in the nighttime.
  • Yakusugi Land
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    Kagoshima Prefecture Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho
    This is a nearly 270-hectare natural recreation forest located at an elevation of approximately 1,000 meters and situated at the upper stream of the Anbogawa River’s tributary, the Arakawa River. Four courses have been created that allow walkers to enjoy large trees representative of the Yakusugi forest zone including sugi (a type of Japanese cryptomeria or cedar), tsuga (southern Japanese hemlock), and momi (fir), and visitors can enjoy the nature according to their physical ability. Visitors on the 50-minute or 80-minute courses can see Buddha sugi that are estimated to be 1,800 years old, and on the 150-minute course Tenchu sugi that are vying to be Yakushima’s tallest and second tallest trees.
  • Tomori Beach
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    Kagoshima Pref. Amamishi Casali MachidoSakari
    White sand beaches and an emerald-green ocean with gradations that gradually change to a cobalt blue are what make Tomori Beach so special. It is also called Blue Angel because of the beauty of the clear blue waters. As it is on the way to the cape from the airport, look for the sign at the entrance to Tomori Beach. Visitors can enjoy swimming in the shallow waters that surround the rocks, but sufficient caution is required as rip currents can take swimmers out to sea.
  • Shoryudo Cave
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    Kagoshima Pref. Oshimagunchinachou Sumiyoshi Hirakawa Yoshino 1520
    With a total length of 3,500 meters, this large limestone cave formed by underground water dissolving coral limestone was discovered in 1963. The view of countless silvery-white stalactites dangling from the ceiling is extraordinary, and the cave has a mysterious beauty that is said to be the best in the East. Approximately 600 meters is open to the public, and visitors can see stalactites and stalagmites with names such as Christmas Tree, Diamond Palace, and Crab Walk.

Kagoshima Areas

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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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