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  • Izumi-Fumoto Samurai Residences
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Izumishi Fumotochou 10-39 Fountain at the foot History Hall
    Approximately a five-minute drive from JR Izumi Station, these samurai residences cover an area of around 46 hectares in the central part of Izumi City. It is a nationally-designated important traditional architecture preservation district. One of the outer castles set up by the Satsuma clan in the Edo period (1603-1868), it was constructed first and was the largest because it was a major defensive location near the Higo Domain. Remnants such as the divisions resembling go board pieces and stone walls remain, and two of the restored samurai residences are now open to the general public. The Takezoe residence is used as for the location for historical dramas. In addition, services such as the Izumo ox carriages and kimono wearing experiences are also on offer.

    We know more about the history of Izumi and samurai in the museum. Most displays are in Japanese and the manager there was very kind to explain the information to us. Thanks a lot! The museum isnt...

  • Satsuma Kinzangura
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    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.

    金山の跡地をイモ焼酎の蔵元と焼酎の歴史を学べるミュージアムとして活用。 木造の立派な佇まいの建物でまず、驚き。 鹿児島の北さつま地域の田舎ですが、川内のツルの越冬地の近くなので、見学する価値はあります。 見せ場は旧金山構内にトロッコに乗っての醸造所見学。 内部に入ると焼酎の香りがしてきます。

  • Roadside Station Akune
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Akuneshi Okawa 4816-6
    A roadside station located in Okawa, Akune City nine kilometers south of downtown Akune. Facing the majestic beauty of the East China Sea, the station is the first one situated along National Route 3. Facilities include an information counter with information on area roads and roadside stations as well as terminals and bulletin boards offering information on nearby medical institutions and weather conditions. Making use of the bounties of both sea and land found in the area, the station’s local specialty products market sells local seafood, vegetables, and specialty products made from the same. The seafood served by the station’s restaurant is quite popular and the establishment serves set meals made with ingredients like silver-stripe round herring, a spring delicacy in Akune.

    阿久根の海沿いにある、道の駅です。 道の駅からの海の景色は、最高です。 夕日も見てみたいと思いました!!

  • Tadamoto Park
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Prefecture Isa City Hara 2484-193
    A park situated on a small hill with a view of the city located in Isa City, Kagoshima Prefecture. Famous for its “1,000” cherry trees and two-kilometer-long avenue of cherries, the park was selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots in 1990. During the peak blooming period, the park is lit up at night with over 1,000 paper lanterns, giving visitors the chance to enjoy beautiful views of cherry blossoms both during the day and in the evening. Facilities include a vast natural grass lawn, children’s square, and playground, and the park bustles with visitors year-round. In addition, the park grounds encompass Tadamoto Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to the Shimazu clan’s greatest military commander, the mighty Niiro Tadamoto; a poem-inscribed monument to Tadamoto can also be found in the park.

    鹿児島空港から車で30分弱。 夜は18:30から22:00でライトアップもしてます。 出店もたくさんありました。 子連れの家族、カップル、春休みの学生たちでとても幸せな雰囲気の芝生の公園でした。 4/3現在満開でした。

  • Sogi-no-Taki Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Isashi Okuchimiyahito 628-41
    A park which encompasses the area around Sogi Falls, a magnificent waterfall known as the “Niagara of the East,” located in Okuchimiyahito, Isa City. 210 meters wide and 12 meters tall, the falls’ rock-shearing waters generate an astounding roar. The surrounding area is also adorned with seasonal, natural beauty, and the park holds seasonal events at appropriate times such as in the fall and during cherry blossom season. Restaurants and souvenir and gift shops stand side by side in the park as well; the crucian carp and Berkshire pork dishes are exquisite. Shimizu Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to a god of finding luck in marriage and safe childbirth, is also located on the grounds, and here visitors can learn about the history of this waterway dating back to the Edo period.
  • Nitta Shrine
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Satsumasendaishi Miyauchichou 1935-2
    A Shinto shrine located on top of Mt. Shinki 10-minute drive from Sendai Station. Unusually, the grounds also encompass an imperial tomb. The stately architecture which once led to it being called the “top shrine in Satsuma Province” is still intact today, and some say the power of the land is strong here. The shrine is dedicated to Ninigi-no-Mikoto, god of rice. The Bou-odori and Yakko-odori dances offered during the shrine’s rice planting festival in June have been designated Intangible Folk-Cultural Properties by the prefecture. According to legend, expecting mothers who rub the heads of the lion-dog statues carrying cubs in front of the shrine will be granted an easy delivery, and the shrine is also frequented by couples seeking to be blessed with children.

    This is a very lovely temple that sits atop a hill overlooking the Sendai River. It is one of those places that you have to climb a fair number of stairs to get to. While it is very much worth it...

  • Sendai Nuclear Power Plant Museum
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Satsumasendaishi Gumizakichou Kodaira 1758-1
    Located near the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant, this museum uses a life-sized, 12-meter-tall model of a nuclear reactor and a scale model of the entire plant to explain the mechanisms behind nuclear power generation. Visitors can also receive a guided 60-minute tour of the museum.

    原発の歴史がわかり、いろいろ学べて見識が深くなりました。アクセスも道路一本で行けてとてもよかったです。

  • Togo Onsen hot springs Yuttari kan
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Satsumasendaishi Tougouchouonobuchi 1940-1
    A hot spring hotel located a 15-minute drive from Sendai Station on the JR Kagoshima Main Line. Visitors are welcomed by sincere hospitality and gorgeous scenery framed by the grand Sendai River. The hotel’s Tenjin no Yu bathhouse has spacious Japanese and Western style baths as well as an aromatic wooden private reservable bath. The bathhouse is constantly supplied “kakenagashi” style from a sodium - hydrogen carbonate spring whose waters are said to treat nerve pain and rheumatism. Also known for their skin beautifying properties, women are flocking to this bathhouse as well. With a sauna, walking bath, and other multipurpose bathing facilities, the bathhouse is also replete with an aesthetic treatment salon and training gym. The hotel’s Ume no Sato restaurant’s traditional kaiseki course cuisine is also popular.
  • Roadside Station Hiwaki
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Satsumasendaishi Hiwakichouichihino 156
    A roadside station located a 15-minute drive from JR Sendai Station. The station is situated at the entranceway to the Ichihino Onsen, a renowned hot spring district. The station is outfitted with a tourist information center as well as a free foot bath perfect for easing away the fatigue of a weary traveler. The footbath is supplied by a colorless, odorless mildly alkaline spring whose waters are said to treat a broad array of ailments, including nerve pain, rheumatism, beriberi, joint inflammation, and women’s diseases. Other facilities include a casual Japanese diner-style restaurant and a farmer’s market which carries vaunted Satsumasendai City specialty products like pickles, porcelain, and bamboo work goods.

    ここの道の駅でちょうどお昼少し前ということでランチにしました。食券を買ってカウンターで渡す方式でした。うどん定食にしました。うどんだけでもよかったのですが、お腹がすいていたのでご飯の分がちょうどよかったです。

  • Roadside Station Kuronoseto Dandan Ichiba
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Izumigunnagashimachou Yamadono 4093
    A roadside station located a 10-minute drive from Origuchi on National Route 3 along National Route 389. The station looks out over the picturesque scenery of the Kuronoseto Strait. Here visitors can purchase fresh seafood at reasonable prices kept in large tanks on the premises. In addition to seafood, visitors can also buy citrus fruits; Nagashima grown Kagoshima brand certified Akatsuchi-bareisho potatoes; Beni Satsuma and other sweet potato varieties; and sweet potato shochu liquors popular in Kagoshima and beyond such as Satsuma Shima Bijin.
  • Hakozaki Hachiman Shrine
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Izumishi Kamichishikichou 46
    A Shinto shrine believed to grant worshiper’s wishes as well as financial luck located in Kamichishiki-cho, Izumi City. Giant statues of cranes and a turtle monument dot the unique grounds, as well as a suzu bell dubbed Japan’s largest which was built to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the enthronement of Emperor Heisei. Four meters tall, 3.4 meters in diameter, and weighing five tons, it is said that ringing it will enable one to realize one’s greatest ambition. The shrine also has “Japan’s smallest suzu”, a 1.5 millimeter in diameter suzu bell, on display.

    The shrine boasts the largest bell, but the statues of the cranes are far more interesting. Worth visiting because it diverts from your usual temple impression.

  • Izumi City Crane Observation Center
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Izumi City Crane Museum “Crane Park Izumi”
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Izumi-shi Bunkacho 1000
    This is only crane museum in Japan, built in the image of a parent crane nesting with an egg and a fledgling crane snuggling close. In the museum, visitors can learn about the ecology and history of cranes, and also enjoy videos and embalmed crane, as well as crane designed crafts. Additionally, there are museum lectures that are regularly held, which feature events for nature observation groups and other organizations.

    This is a fantastic museum, featuring easy-to-understand exhibits and wonderful tour guides, as well as phenomenal views of the cranes in a protected natural environment. Highly recommended!

  • Sendai(Kagoshima)
    Transportation
    Kagoshima Pref
  • Izumi(Kagoshima)
    Transportation
    Kagoshima Pref
  • Kushikino
    Transportation
    Kagoshima Pref
  • Nagashima Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Izumi-gun Nagashimacho
    A hot spring area sprawling along the coast facing the Nagashima Strait in a corner of Unzen-Amakusa National Park. The area’s primarily chloride springs contain an abundance of the minerals such as sodium and calcium, and their waters have a powerful warming effect which prevents post-bath chills. The surrounding area is filled with picturesque destinations, including the so-called “Eight Views of Nagashima,” and the place is also a popular scenic driving course.
  • Kamimuragakuen-mae
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    Kagoshima Pref
  • Akune
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    Kagoshima Pref
  • Ushinohama
    Transportation
    Kagoshima Pref

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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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