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Chiran travel guide


Chiran is a small town in the middle of the Satsuma Peninsula. It is called a “small Kyoto”

and has a preserved Samurai district including a collection of Samurai houses

and gardens. Another interesting place to visit is the Chiran Peace Museum.



Chiran Samurai Residence

Those Samurai Houses were built about 250 years ago. Their

gardens are beautiful designed, with Mt. Hahaga-dake as the

background. Other natural elements are also incorporated, making

the whole area resemble a series of miniature of Japanese 

gardens housed in boxes.


Chiran Peace Museum for the Kamikaze Pilots

This museum exhibits precious materials such as pictures, letters,

wills, articles and mementos of the 1,036 Kamikaze pilots based in

Chiran who participated in the Battle for Okinawa towards the end

of World War 2.  It also houses a No.3 type fighter aircraft, Hien.



General information

Address Chirancho-gun, Minami-Kyushu-city, Kagoshima-prefecture

60 minutes by a vehicle from Kagoshima-city

Population  12,000,    Population density 110














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Kirishima travel guide


The Onsen Resort located at the foot of the Kirishima mountains. Kirishima jingu Shrine

is one of the most beautiful shrines in Kyushu surrounded by forest.

You can enjoy hiking trails with spectacular mountain views and soak in volcanic hot springs



Where to explore  


Kirishima Shrine   

One of the most beautiful shrine in Kyushu, and is surrounded 

by forestThe Shrine buildings are constructed in 1715 and

designated as Important Cultural Property of Japan.


Kirishima Onsen 

Lying on the lower slopes of the Kirishima Mountain with a distant

view over Kagoshima Bay and Sakurajima below. The area is made

up of over a dozen Onsen, of which the largest and best know is

Maruo Onsen.


Black Vinegar in Kirishima 

The Fukuyama area along Kinko Bay is home to the famous

Japanese black vinegar. Over here, one can tour the old-fashioned

Tshubobatake which literally means a field of vinegar jars, witness

the traditional manufacturing process of the black vinegar, taste

and purchase the finished product.


General information  

Address City hall  : 3-45-1 Kokubu-chuo, Kirishima-city, Kagoshima-prefecture

3 hours and 15 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

2 hours and 10 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

1 hours and 50 minutes by a vehicle from Miyazaki-city

50 minutes by a vehicle from Hitoyoshi-city

Population 125,000   Population density 2100 / km2
















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Ibusuki and Satsuma peninsula travel guide


Ibusuki is known for it’s hot spring Onsen Resort, and it’s famous natural steam sand baths

located on Kinko bay. To the east the Satsuma peninsula offers spectacular ocean views

and this peaceful rural area is know as the “home of the sweet potato”.



Ibusuki Onsen resort

It is best known for its steaming sand baths along the beach, where

bathers in a yukata, or Japanese bathrobe get buried in the sand up

to their neck.  The sand heated by steam containing marine minerals 

is scientifically proven to have therapeutic effects on neuralgia,

rheumatism, back pain and other ailments.


Ikeda-ko lake

A circumference of 15 km and a maximum depth of 233 meter, where

was created by volcanic activity long ago. Large eel with a length of 2

meter and circumference of 50 cm inhabit the lake. It was also known

as the lake of a legendary monster called ” Issy” purported to live in

the lake.


Nishi-Oyama Station

The Station is the southernmost railway station in Japan operated by

JR, boasts a breath taking view of Kaimon-dake volcano to the front.


Ryugu Shrine

It is the Urashima Taro legendary shrine peninsula and this shrine

is becoming popular as power spot of matchmaking and good

fortune in love.


Nagasaki-bana Cape

The cape is the southernmost point of Satsuma peninsula, where a

white lighthouse stands. You can enjoy the view of the magnificent

Mount Kaimondake and rocks with the sea spray wearing them. 

The Cape is said to be the birthplace of the legend of Ryugu.



Enjoy tasting Shochu at the most famous Shochu brewery in Kagoshima 

Meiji-gura is Satsuma Shuzo’s Shochu brewery and museum.



Somen noodle nagashi

The unique Somen noodle nagashi in Tosenkyo ravine in Kaimon open

throughout the year serving cold Somen noodle that swim in the

revolving container.



General information 


City hall ; 2424 Juchu Ibusuki-city, Kagoshima-prefecture

Access 1 hour and 40 minutes by a vehicle from Kagoshima Airport

50 minutes by a vehicle from Kagoshima-chuo JR Station

55 minutes by JR Express train from Kagoshima-chuo JR Station

1 hour and 15 minutes by local train from from Kagoshima-chuo JR Station


Kagoshima kotsu bus

Population 40,000            Population density : 270 / km2 




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Kagoshima travel guide


The southern most major city in Kyushu and from here you can see Sakura-jima

Island and it’s active volcano from which smoke and steam rise across Kagoshima

Bay. Kagoshima prospered in the Edo period as a castle town. Tenmonkan is the

biggest shopping arcade and here you can dine on local cuisines, especially

succulent meats and also enjoy the vibrant night life, bars and restaurants.



Where to explore

/ UNESCO World Heritage

Sengan-en is the most famous garden in Kagoshima-prefecture, 

made by Shimazu lord in the 19th century at the beautiful bay side

Kinko bay. The garden contains many historic artifacts that tell of

its long history.


Shoko Shuseikan Modern Industrial Complex   / UNESCO World Heritage

The museum of the Classics located here exhibits a various of

objects related to the Shimazu family and the Satsuma domain,

The stone building which houses the collection has been

designated on the UNESCO World Heritage,  Sites of Japan’s

Meiji Industrial Revolution


Shiroyama Park

The park is most famous for its Shiroyama Observatory with

spectacular views over downtown Kagoshima, Kagoshima

Bay and Sakura-jima.


Sakura-jima Island

Sakurajima Island is the symbol of Kagoshima.
The smoke and steam rises almost every day from the active volcano

Minamidake. Formerly an island, it became connected with the Osumi 

Peninsula in 1914 when lava from its summit closed the channel

between  the two. Observation points on the island can be accessed

by ferry.


Sakura-jima Ferry

The Ferry connects Kagoshima-city and Sakurajima in 15 minutes

and is operated for 24 hours.


General information  

Address City hall  : 11-1 Yamashita-cho, Kagoshima-city, Kagoshima-prefecture

3 hours and 30 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

2 hours and 30 minutes by a vehicle from Kumamoto-city

1 hours and 30 minutes by a vehicle from Hitoyoshi-city


90 minutes by a Shinkansen from Hakata to Kagoshima-chuo

60 minutes by a Shinkansen from Hakata to Kagoshima-chuo

Population 596,000   Population density 1,090 / km2












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