Spots in Hokusatsu / Izumi Area

  • Izumi City Crane Observation Center
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
    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.

    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.

  • Roadside Station Akune
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Transportation
    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.

    海岸線に臨む道の駅で、爽快な雰囲気の中にあります。地元でとれる魚が、新鮮でおいしそうでした。旅行中でしたので、生ものは買えなかったのが残念。

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Roadside Station Hiwaki
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Transportation
    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.

    道の駅スタンプは本館建物の裏手にあり場所が少々分かりにくいのが難点です。毎月2or3週目の水曜日が休みなのでスタンプ収集の方などは注意が必要です。店内は観光客より地元の人が多い印象を受けました。足湯があったそうですが、急いでいたこともあり見つけることはできず・・・あs

  • 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。

  • 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!

  • Chikabi Museum
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Ichikikushikino-shi Nomoto 21803
    This museum is located at the entrance of the work tunnels used to carve the underground tanks of the Kushikino National Underground Oil Reserve Base, Japan's first national oil reserve base. The museum is divided into four sections featuring intuitive hands-on exhibits that teach visitors about subjects including petroleum and how the oil reserve base works. The base is comprised of 10 underground oil tanks carved out of the bedrock capable of holding a total of 1.75 million kiloliters of oil. This volume, which is the equivalent volume of around 1.4 Tokyo Domes (a multipurpose stadium), is roughly the amount of oil that Japan uses in about three days.

    年に一度、夏祭りがあり子供達が楽しめる内容でした。石油備蓄についての展示館で、海の近の高台にあります。あのあたりは観光地らしいところがないので、こちらの展示館は価値がある場所だと思います。

  • Sasshu Hamadaya Denbee
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    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.

    昔ながらの丁寧な造り方をしている醸造所ですので手間暇かけた焼酎造りの実情が理解出来ます。さらに当然皆さんが期待する試飲コーナーもあるので、じっくり麹の違いによる味の差も確認出来ます。日本酒でも焼酎でも試飲すると本当に旨くて思わずお土産をたくさん購入してしまうのが玉に傷です。

  • Sogi Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Isa-shi Okuchi Miyahito
  • Roadside Station Kuronoseto Dandan Ichiba
    Transportation
    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.
  • Shinonome no Sato
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Izumi-shi Kamiokawauchi 2881
    This vast garden covering more than 130,000 square meters was created deep in the mountains east from JR Izumi Station along National Route 447. Visitors can enjoy seasonal scenery such as spring cherry blossoms and hydrangea, autumn foliage, and winter snowscapes. The garden is best known for having one of Japan's biggest hydrangea gardens. Its 100,000 hydrangea, which represent 160 different varieties, come into full bloom every June. The garden also features gallery of pottery created by the garden's owner as well as a soba shop that offers cakes, coffees and other cafe fare. Visitors can enjoy spending time away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  • Izumi-Fumoto Samurai Residences
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • Tadamoto Park
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ichigo House Koba
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Ichikikushikino-shi Ozato 648
    This strawberry farm is located about a seven-minute drive from Ichiki Station. The farm grows two types of strawberries; Saga Honoka, which have little sourness and high sugar content, and Benihoppe, which are characterized by their juiciness. The farm grows their strawberries in carefully-cultivated soil rather than in a more easily managed hydroponic medium in order to maximize their fragrance and richness of their strawberries. Thanks to the farm's efforts to use as little agrochemicals as possible, it is possible to eat their strawberries without needing to wash them first.
  • Misono Shokudo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Ichikikushikino-shi Beppu 4285
    "This ramen shop founded in 1970 was the first of several restaurants opened by the Ajikobo Misono group in the prefecture. It has continued to serve ""nostalgic yet innovative"" ramen that combines a soup that has remained unchanged for decades with the latest culinary techniques. Their carefully crafted tonkotsu (pork bone) soup, which is made by boiling choice Kagoshima pork bones in a hagama pot for hours, can fairly be called the original flavor that defines Misono. Their noodles, which are made from a blend of choice domestic flour, pair extremely well with their toppings, which are prepared with the utmost attention to quality and safety. Another popular offering is their maguro ramen, a Kushikino delicacy featuring a soup made by boiling tuna heads and vegetables for hours."
  • Ichiki Fureai Onsen Center
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Ichikikushikino-shi Minatomachi 1-100
    These rich natural hot springs are situated in a naturally abundant location facing the East China Sea. Guests can enjoy bathing while taking in views of the clear blue sky during the day and the glittering starry sky at night. The bathhouse features large indoor baths, whirlpool baths, electric baths, outdoor baths fed by free-flowing spring water straight from the source, and more. The sodium chloride and sulfate hot spring water is readily absorbed by the skin and is said to help with conditions such as sensitivity to cold and chronic skin diseases. It is also said to promote general good health. The bathhouse also features family baths complete with private lounges.

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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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