Chiran is called a small Kyoto in Kagoshima, offer you a fine collection of Samurai houses and
gardens that were built about 260 years ago.
Those Samurai Houses were built about 250 years ago. Their gardens are beautiful
desighned, with Mt. Hahaga-dake as the background. Other natural elements are
also incorporated, making the whole area resemble a scries of miniture of Japanese
gardens housed in boxes. Seven of the gardens are designated as natural scenic spots.
This museum exhibits precious materials such as pictures, letters, wills, articles and
memontos of the 1,036 Kamikaze pilots based in Chiran who perticipated in the Battle for
Okinawa towards the end of World War 2. It also houses a No.3 type fighter aircraft, Hien.
Location of Chiran
|Address||Chirancho-gun, Minami-Kyushu-city, Kagoshima-prefecture|
60 minutes by a vehicle from Kagoshima-city
|Population||12,000, Population density 110|