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Nature Spots in Tanegashima Island Area

  • Tanegashima Island
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    Nishinoomote-shi, Kagoshima Prefecture Kumage-gun Nakasee-cho, Kumage-gun Minamitane-cho
    A 30-minute plane ride from Kagoshima Airport. This island is famously known as the place where guns were introduced to Japan. The design of the Tanegashima Development Center and Firearm Museum building is modeled after the Portuguese ships which brought guns to Japan; the museum displays guns brought to Japan from Portugal as well as early examples of domestically produced matchlock firearms. The Tanegashima Space Center on the southeastern tip of the island is the only space center in the country from which practical satellites are launched. In addition to facilities connected to guns and space, the island has scenic destinations such as beaches and mangrove forest; visitors can also enjoy scuba diving and other marine sports.
  • Cape Kadokura
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kumagegunminamitanechou Nishino
    This cape is located at the southernmost tip of Tanegashima Island. Stretching from the tip of cape to the Pacific Ocean on the eastern side, is Maenohama Nature Park. Inside the park is a statue of a rifleman called Teppoudenraikikouhi, Misaki Shrine and an observation deck which mimics the shape of an early European ship. The view looking down from the cliff edge is quite dynamic, and it is well-known as a scenic spot.
  • Chikura no Iwaya Cave
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kumagegunminamitanechou Hirayama Hamada
    This sea cave is located to the right-hand side of Hamada Beach. It is the largest sea cave in Tanegashima Island, and is said to be large enough for a thousand people to sit inside. Accessible only at low tide, visitors to the cave can enjoy the fantastic rock art created by nature. The interior of the cave is cool and comfortable even in the summer.
  • Oryu Mesuryunoiwa
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kumagegunnakatanechou Noukan HamaTsuwaki
  • Nagahama Kaigan
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    Kagoshima Kumage-gun Nakatane Cho Nishi Kaigan
  • Matate no Iwaya
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    Kagoshima Kumage-gun Nakatane Cho Masuda
  • Takezaki Kaigan
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    Kagoshima Kumage-gun Minamitanecho Kukinaga Takezaki
  • Homannoike Pond
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    Kagoshima Kumage-gun Minamitanecho Kukinaga
  • Saikyo Dam
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    Kagoshima Nishinoomote Nishinoomote
  • Mt.Amamegakura
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    Kagoshima Nishinoomote-shi
  • Nagahama
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    Kagoshima Kumage-gun Nakatanecho
  • Kamino Misaki
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    Kagoshima Nishinoomote-shi
  • Kojima Island
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    Kagoshima Kumage-gun Minamitanecho
  • Tanegashima Island
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    Kagoshima Kumage-gun Nakatanecho
  • Mageshima
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    Kagoshima Nishinoomote-shi
  • Kumano Kaigan
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    Kagoshima Kumage-gun Nakatane Cho Sakai 5532-1
  • Nakayama Kaigan
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    Kagoshima Kumage-gun Nakatane Cho Noma

Kagoshima Main 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ーshochu.

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