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  • Chiran Peace Museum
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    4.5
    611 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Chiranchoukori 17881
    This museum collects materials and personal items relating to the special attack unit (kamikaze unit) active at the end of World War II. The museum was erected on the site of a former launch base with the aim of preserving records of the time for future generations and in a prayer for peace. Parties of 10 or more can listen to a storyteller with advance reservation. The museum also provides English, Chinese, and Korean audio guides. A five-minute walk from the Tokkokannon-iriguchi bus stop.

    We caught the Chiran local bus from Kagoshima Chuo bus station from bus stop 16 . Cost 940 Y. Take a ticket as you board and you pay when you leave. You get change from a 1000y note. Bus winds up...

  • Chiran Samurai Residence Garden
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    4.0
    309 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Chiranchoukori 6198
    Calling itself Satsuma’s Little Kyoto with stone walls and hedges that zig-zag along the main road, the area features a group of beautiful samurai residences that makes the whole town seem like a miniature garden. Within the spacious district are seven gardens, and although Mori Shigemitsu’s garden is in the style of chisen-shiki (a garden that features a path around a pond), all of the rest are of the Karesansui Dry Garden variety, in which instead of water, rocks and gravel are used to represent a landscape of mountains and water. The gardens bear the influence of Ryukyu (Okinawa) and Chinese garden culture, and have been designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty.

    The area is not big but these special houses and gardens are well maintained and show the modest samurai houses at that time. Probably best season to visit is May with all blooming azalea in the...

  • Takian
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    4.5
    34 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Chiranchoukori 6329
    A restaurant in a repurposed samurai residence located in a corner of the Chiran Bukeyashiki-dori (Samurai District). In addition to local cuisine such as satsumaage fried fish cakes and course meals which include sake-zushi fermented with only local sake and no vinegar, the offers udon noodles mixed with Chiran tea and a variety of sets. Open until early evening, visitors are recommended to eat lunch here. The detached villa with thatched roof is available by reservation only for groups. A two-minute walk from the Bugeyashiki-iriguchi bus stop.

    We had a wonderful experience in this eatery. My family really enjoyed because it is very traditional and unique. The portion is huge and we nearly couldn’t finish! The place may be a little...

  • Chiringashima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Sand Bath Hall Saraku
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    4.0
    401 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yunohama 5-25-18
    A hot spring bath facility where you can enjoy Ibusuki’s famed hot spring sand baths. The sand baths use the heat of the hot springs naturally welling up under the coast; bathers wear a white robe and are buried in sand stirred to reach just the right temperature, heating the body. Depending on weather conditions, you can even enjoy your sand bath right at the edge of the waves. Even when the weather is not perfect, the facility has a covered sand bathing area, ensuring you can enjoy your sand bath no matter what it is like outside. The sand baths aid in relieving nerve pain, rheumatism, and cold extremities. Approximately five minutes by car from Ibusuki Station.

    My first experience with sand bath was more than expected. I felt like my body being cooked in an oven, and small amount of sand over my chest gave an impression of a heavy stone. Afterword I felt...

  • Ibusuki City Tosen Gorge Somen Nagashi
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    4.0
    176 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Kaimonjucchou 5967
    Tosen Gorge is the birthplace of the circular somen noodle flume and this city-run restaurant and attraction is visited by some 200 thousand people annually. Open year round, here diners can enjoy somen noodles whirling in spring water selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan in the modern era. In addition to somen, the restaurant’s sets comprised of such local dishes as trout broiled with salt, carp soup, and carp sashimi served over ice. Approximately 25 minutes by car from Ibusuki Station.

    I am a noodle lover and had a brilliant time at this somen nahashi restaurant. Picking up noodle was a fan challenge and the dipping sauce was so tasty! It takes time to get there with limited public...

  • Makurazaki Fish Center
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kagoshima Pref. Makurazakishi Matsunochou 33-1
    Makurazaki City is the top producer in Japan of deep ocean skipjack tuna and katsuobushi (dried skipjack tuna flakes), and this popular facility serves the freshest skipjack tuna. Located along Makurazaki Fishing Port, visitors can also buy fresh seafood direct from the adjoining market. The facility houses two restaurants. Sakanaya Shokudo on the first floor serves reasonably priced set meals. Buen on the second floor overlooks the port and offers seared skipjack and skipjack tuna head stewed in miso meals. The facility's warayaki event (reservation required), which teaches you how to properly grill skipjack tuna over straw the old fashioned way, and even which lets you try flaking katsuobushi are popular.

    Saw the market on Japan Hour or something. Wasn’t expecting anything like Tsukujj but there is really nothing to see, and apparently there is no barbecuing of bonito of any sorts. Ok to drop by if...

  • Seahorse House
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Eichoubeppu 5202-2
    Japan’s only breeding farm specializing in seahorses open to the public. The facility breeds seahorses with the aim of preserving the ocean environment and here visitors can see seahorses swimming idly in large tanks. Seahorses are also seen as symbols of luck with love and marriage, marital harmony, and easy childbirth, and the facility sells relevant charms. The facility was also shown in a car commercial in 2016.
  • Lake Ikeda
    Travel / Tourism
    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.”
  • Flower Park Kagoshima
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    4.5
    92 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yamagawaokachogamizu 1611
    A botanical park opened in 1996 which makes use of the local warm weather to good effect. Visitors can enjoy flowers from around the world in a garden setting which harnesses the natural geography and surrounding pine forest. An abundance of events and classes are held at the park year round; the Flower Park Illumination, during which the park grounds are lit up at night from early December to early January, is particularly famous. A bus circles the park grounds and baby strollers and wheel chairs are also available to lend, making the park a facility which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. A 90-minute drive by car from within Kagoshima City or 20 minutes by bus from JR Yamakawa Station.

    It took 1 hour by train from Kagoshima, than a half hour bus ride to get there. The park is moderately priced and well maintained. The flowers are colorful and fragrant.

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  • Aoba
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Minato 1-2-11
    A restaurant which serves local, Satsuma (Kagoshima) style cuisine. Dedicated to local flavors, the establishment makes use of Satsuma Roppaku Berkshire pork raised in Ibusuki: Black Satsuma Chicken, a local variety; and high grade honkare katsuobushi produced in Yamakawa, Ibusuki City. In addition to tonkatsu breaded pork cutlet, a local staple, customers can enjoy luxurious Berkshire pork shabu-shabu, and Satsuma Black Chicken tsukune meatloaf and even sashimi. The restaurant offers low priced set meals during lunchtime as well as the “Ontamaran-don,” a local specialty consisting of a bowl of rice topped with salty-sweet Berkshire pork and a custard-like “hot spring” soft boiled egg.

    This place serve local food and is famous for their grilled pork with soft boiled egg on rice and Amami chicken on rice. They do have an English menu, and the stuff speaks a little English. Amami...

  • Satsuma Aji
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    4.5
    38 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Minato 2-1-31
    A restaurant which serves local Satsuma (Kagoshima) cuisine and a la carte dishes. The establishment’s abundant variety of local meals includes fresh, local Kagoshima chicken sashimi, tonkotsu ramen made with Berkshire pork bones stewed in miso, and vegetable-rich satsuma-jiru soup. The restaurant fresh seafood from Kinko Bay is also popular. The restaurant also offers seafood rice bowls and the “Ontamaran-don,” a local Ibusuki specialty consisting of a bowl of rice topped with a fresh Ibusuki custard-like “hot spring” soft boiled egg.

    I went to Satsuma-aji (meaning the flavor of Kagoshima) for dinner because the place I wanted to go happened to be closed for the night, but it turned out to be a good choice. A place thats...

  • Satsuma Denshokan
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    4.5
    51 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Higashikata 12131-4
    A history museum which presents the culture of the Satsuma (Kagoshima) region. The museum building was modeled after the Byodoin’s Phoenix Hall. The museum’s exhibits and exhibitions are designed around the concept of experiencing the history and culture of Satsuma with all five senses. Much of the museum’s collection consists of works of art from China and Satsuma handed down through the ages since ancient times in the region, including gorgeous ceramics decorated with gold. The museum also displays historic texts, medals, and calligraphic works dating to the late Edo period. Visitors can enjoy the tastes of Satsuma in the museum restaurant.

    Wasn't sure what to expect and the tickets were a bit dear (1500 yen per person), but I have no regret entering this outstanding museum. The building is neat, very attractive from within as it is...

  • Saigo Keiichiro’s Garden
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Chiranchoukori 13731-1
    This garden is located on the sight of an ancient samurai residence in Chiran-cho, Kagoshima Prefecture. Today, visitors of the site can come in contact with the way of life and garden culture prevalent at the time it was built and used. The garden’s gate is a heavy, imposing structure made of wood. The garden itself consists of large stone arrangements, satsuki azaleas, and yew plum pines, resulting in a strange landscape which yet manages to harmonize these two disparate plants. The area around the residence similarly combines hedge and stone walls. The residence is decorated with colorful fittings and accoutrements which visitors can also enjoy the sight of.
  • Sata Naotada’s Garden
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Chiranchoukori 13731-1
    The site of a samurai residence located in Chiran-cho, Kagoshima Prefecture. The garden was built around 1750. The garden, located on the grounds of a residence belonging to the Chiran Shimazu family, the primary branch of the family, is the most magnificent and largest of the family’s gardens. Past the garden’s imposing gate and cut stone designed to prevent visitors from seeing the garden too early, visitors are greeted by the garden’s vast grounds. The garden consists of groups of stones around a central dry waterfall created from large boulders and is planted with satsuki azaleas, yew plum pines, and other plants.
  • Bandokorobana Nature Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Eichoubeppu 5202
    A nature park built along the coast in Minamikyushu City. “Bansho” means “guardhouse” in Japanese, a reference to a guardhouse which once stood in the area. The circular inlet was formed naturally through the erosion of volcanic rock by ocean waves. The park is famous for its picturesque scenery and view of beautiful Kaimondake Volcano just across the sea. The Japanese cartographer Ino Tadataka, who traveled the country making maps, praised the scenery here as the most spectacular in Japan. Seahorses live in abundance here, and the nearby Seahorse House aquarium breeds seahorses.
  • Hirayama Ryoichi’s Garden
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Chiranchoukori 13731-1
    The site of an old samurai residence located in Chiran-cho, Kagoshima Prefecture. The residence is notable for its extremely plain, simplified design. Beyond the narrow wooden gate, can see a section of scenery encompassing Mt. Hahagatake, resembling an unfurled section of a picture scroll. Unusual for a garden in southern Japan, the garden does not make use of stone walls, instead creating walls and borders through trimmed and shaped satsuki azaleas and yew plum pines. The grounds are dotted with trapezoidal cut blocks of stone, which records state were used as stands for placing bonsai on to enjoy the view of.

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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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