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Information on Mt. Kirishima (Mt. Shinmoe) (as of Oct. 31, 2017)

The volcano alert level for Mt. Shinmoe on the Kirishima mountain range remains at Level 3 (do not approach the volcano), but the no-entry zone is reduced from 3 kilometer to a 2 kilometer radius from the crater of Mt. Shinmoe. 

Also, the volcano alert level for Ebino Highland (Mt. Iwoyama) has been reduced from Level 2 to Level 1 (potential for increased activity).

Lodging facilities and tourism-related facilities located outside the restriction zones are open as usual, with the exception of some that are in the midst of reopening.

Please continue to pay attention to information published on this website and other sources, and enjoy sightseeing in Kagoshima. 

We look forward to your visit.

◇ Major points and their straight-line distances from Mt. Shinmoe
・Shinyu Branch Point 
(junction of Prefectural Road Routes 1 and 104) approx. 3.4 km
・Kirishima Onsen Market approx. 5.9 km
・Kirishima Grand Shrine approx. 5.8 km
・Kirishima City Visitor Center approx. 6.5 km
・Kagoshima Airport approx. 19.9 km
・Kirishima City Hall approx. 22.1 km
 
◇ Hiking trail restrictions
・Between Takachiho-gawara, Mt. Nakadake and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Yunono Trail Entrance and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Mt. Karakuni, Mt. Shishiko and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Mt. Ohata and Mt. Shishiko

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Information on Mt. Kirishima (Mt. Shinmoe) (as of Oct. 17, 2017)

The volcano alert level for Mt. Shinmoe on the Kirishima mountain range has been raised to Level 3 in recent days, and a no-entry zone is imposed on the volcano. 
However, lodging facilities and tourism-related facilities located outside the restriction zone are open as usual.

Please continue to pay attention to information published on this website and other sources, and enjoy sightseeing in Kagoshima. 

We look forward to your visit.

◇ Major points and their straight-line distances from Mt. Shinmoe
・Shinyu Branch Point 
(junction of Prefectural Road Routes 1 and 104) ---- approx. 3.4 km
・Kirishima Onsen Market ---- approx. 5.9 km
・Kirishima Grand Shrine ---- approx. 5.8 km
・Kirishima City Visitor Center ---- approx. 6.5 km
・Kagoshima Airport ---- approx. 19.9 km
・Kirishima City Hall ---- approx. 22.1 km
 
◇ Road restrictions
A part of Prefectural Road Route 104 (Kirishima Koen Kobayashi Route) (between Shinyu Sansa Road and Takachiho-gawara)

◇ Hiking trail restrictions
・Between Kensakai Trail Entrance, Onami Pond and Mt. Karakuni
・Between Onami Pond Trail Entrance, Onami Pond and Mt. Karakuni
・Between Takachiho-gawara Visitor Center and Mt. Nakadake Nature Trail
・Between Takachiho-gawara, Mt. Nakadake and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Yunono Trail Entrance and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Shinyu Trail Entrance and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Mt. Karakuni, Mt. Shishiko and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Mt. Ohata and Mt. Shishiko
*There are currently no restrictions on hiking on Mt. Takachiho.

◇ Tourist facilities affected by restrictions
●Lodging facilities Miyamaso and Shinmoeso

*Other lodging and tourism-related facilities in Kirishima City, and Hotel Ebino Kogenso in Ebino City lie beyond the 3 km no-entry zone and operate as usual.

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Shinonomenosato Ajisai kyo

Shinonomenosato Ajisai Kyo is a vast, 16.5ha/40.8ac garden utilizing the natural landscape of the mountain. 

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It is said to be the largest of its kind in the country, and over 100,000 flowers of hydrangea in 160 different types beautifully bloom here on the premises around mid June every year. 

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December brings foliages, turning the entire mountainous region in red and yellow. It makes it a popular scenic location for foliage viewing.

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Perfect for spending a relaxing time, the premises is equipped with an exhibition gallery displaying ceramic art works by the owner of the garden and a tea house surving some meals.

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[ Inquiries ]
0996-68-2133 (kanko_c@city.izumi.kagoshima.jp)

[ Fees ]
Admissions: 500yen during hydrangea season, 300yen during autumn foliage season

[ Closed ]
Irregular (open everyday during hydrangea season)

[ Hours ]
9am-5pm

[ Parking ]
about 30 vehicles

[ Access ]
JR: Izumi Station/Hisatsu Orange Railway Izumi Station → approx. 25 min. by taxi
Car: Minamikyushu Expressway Ashikita IC → approx. 40 min. toward Izumi City
Kyushu Expressway Hitoyoshi IC → approx. 40 min. toward Okuchi/Izumi

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Fukiagehama Beach Sand and Flower Festa 2017

Golden Week is coming soon, and there is nowhere better to spend the holidays than at this big event in Kagoshima!

This is the biggest sand festival in the world held at Fukiagehama Beach, one of Japan's 3 biggest sand dunes.

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This festival will be held for only one month, from the 3rd to the 31st of May this year!

You will certainly be entertained with the many events and foods during the "Golden Stage" period (3rd to 7th May).

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There is the "Sound and Lights Fantasy" show in which all the sand sculptures will be lit up.

This artistic world at the beautiful beach is sure to amaze you!

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[ Period ] 
2016/05/03 - 2016/05/31 *Closed on 8th May

[ Main Venue ]
Sakyu-no-Mori Kinpo

## Golden Stage period
2016/05/03 - 2015/05/07  9:00 - 21:00
Fees: Adult 1,000 JPY; Junior high students and under 500 JPY

## Second Stage period
2016/05/09 - 2016/05/31  9:00 - 17:00
Fees: Adult 500 JPY; Junior high students and under 300 JPY

[ Official Website ] 

[ Access ] 
A direct service bus will run between Kagoshima Chuo Station and the main venue, from the 3rd to 7th May!


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Enjoy Varying Tastes of the Same Shochu Liquor

Shochu liquor is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from rice, barley, sweet potatoes, buckwheat or other ingredients.

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While "sake" is the representative alcoholic beverage of Japan, "shochu" is known as the alcoholic beverage of Kagoshima. 

It is said that the annual shochu liquor consumption per capita (for the citizens of Kagoshima) is 27 liters.

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In Kagoshima, people often drink shochu liquor mixed with hot water. 

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[ With hot water ] *Kagoshima style
First pour hot water, followed by shochu liquor. 

There is no need to stir (remember the convection current you learned in physics class?). In other areas of Japan, people pour hot water before adding shochu liquor, and then stir the glass!
Now, you can differentiate Kagoshima's way of drinking from other parts of Japan.

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Depending on your personal preference, you may vary the ratio between 5:5 to 6:4, or other proportions.

If your drinking glass has line indicators, you can use these lines as a guide when mixing shochu liquor with hot water.

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[ Maewari ]
For those who have a chance to visit Kagoshima, be sure to try "maewari".
Maewari: Pre-mix shochu liquor with water 1 to 3 days before consumption to obtain a rich and mellow tasting drink.

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We are sure you will come to love shochu liquor as much as we do.

Experience the cultural charms of shochu liquor and its birthplace Kagoshima!

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