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.
|Address||Chirancho-gun, Minami-Kyushu-city, Kagoshima-prefecture|
60 minutes by a vehicle from Kagoshima-city
|Population||12,000, Population density 110|
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
One of the most beautiful shrine in Kyushu, and is surrounded
by forest. The Shrine buildings are constructed in 1715 and
designated as Important Cultural Property of Japan.
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
|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|
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”.
The Station is the southernmost railway station in Japan operated by
JR, boasts a breath taking view of Kaimon-dake volcano to the front.
It is the Urashima Taro legendary shrine peninsula and this shrine
is becoming popular as a power spot of matchmaking and good
fortune in love.
Enjoy tasting Shochu at the most famous Shochu brewery in Kagoshima
Meiji-gura is Satsuma Shuzo’s Shochu brewery and museum.
The unique Somen noodle nagashi in Tosenkyo ravine in Kaimon open
throughout the year serving cold Somen noodle that swim in the
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|
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
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.
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
The park is most famous for its Shiroyama Observatory with
spectacular views over downtown Kagoshima, Kagoshima
Bay and Sakura-jima.
The Ferry connects Kagoshima-city and Sakurajima in 15 minutes
and is operated for 24 hours.
|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|