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Sendai Ferry Terminal

The Sendai Ferry Terminal is the boarding point for the high speed boat "Koshikishima" bound for Koshikijima Island.


This ferry terminal was opened in conjunction with the start of operation of the high speed boat "Koshikishima".


Bearing a similar design to the interior of the high speed boat, this ferry terminal, designed by famous industrial designer Mr. Mitooka Eiji, has wood-panelled interior, giving it a stylish and relaxed atmosphere.


Besides the ticketing counter, there is a café and souvenir shop, and the parking space can accommodate about 200 vehicles.

◆ High Speed Boat "Koshikishima" Operation Information

[ Stop-overs ] 
Sendai Port / Sato Port / Nagahama Port

[ Ticket Price ] 
Adult: 2,380 - 3,380 Yen / Child: 1,200 - 1,700 Yen 

[ Round Trip Ticket ] Adult: 4,000 Yen / Child: 2,000 Yen

[ Website ] 
Ferry Time Schedule >> 
*Japanese only

* June 23, 2015
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Canyoning at Sarugajo Gorge

Canyoning is travelling in canyons using a variety of techniques that includes ropework, plunging/diving, swimming, etc.

Canyoning is available at the Sarugajo Gorge at Tarumizu!



The characteristic of canyoning at Sarugajo Gorge is non other than the crystal clear waters flowing through a valley of granite and the green forests.


[ Availability Period ] 
July ~ September (** Kindly make a reservation 3 days in advance)

[ Course Time ] 
About 2 hours

[ Price ] 
One person: 7,000 Yen 
(Group discount of four people and above - 5,000 Yen per person)

[ Enquiries ]
Mori-no-Eki Tarumizu >>

* June 12, 2015
Area guide : Osumi >>

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Bandokorobana Nature Park

Bandokorobana Nature Park is a great scenic site where visitors may see Mt. Kaimondake floating atop the East China Sea.


In the 19th C.E, Mr. Tadataka Inou visited this site to create a map of Japan and later referred to it as "a superb view of the world." 

On clear days, visitors will be able to see both Yakushima Island and Mishima Island.


Enjoy the charming coastlines and take a leisurely stroll through the rich nature. 


Will this bring luck? "Ringing the Bandokoro Bell"

It is said your wishes will come true based on the number of times the bell is rung. 

1 Time---For Happiness,  
2 Times--- For Health,  
3 Times---For Love, 
4 Times---For Safe Childbirth, 
5 Times---For A Child/Children


[ Getting There ]
10 min. walk from "Mizunarikawa Station" off the JR-Ibusuki-Makurazaki line. 

[ Website ] 
Bandokorobana Nature Park >> 
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* June 8, 2015
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Hirakawa Zoological Park

Hirakawa Zoo was opened on the 14th October 1972, and is a zoo with abundant greenery spanning a total area of 31.4 hectares. 


There are over 1000 animals of 140 species being raised in the zoo. One of most prominent koala-raising zoos in Japan, it is also home to popular animals such as the Indian elephant, polar bear and red panda, and boasts a 1,900m2 flying cage which houses 15 breeds of colourful, beautiful, free-flying birds.



Other highlights include the Children's Zoo, where one can touch rabbits and other animals, and playground with a 40m high Ferris wheel, spinning tower and Go-carts. 


This is a zoo within nature to "have fun learning, have fun playing".


[ Opening Times ]
● 9:00~17:00
Last entry at 16:30
Some animals may not be viewable after 16:00

[ Closed ]
● 12/29~1/1

[ Entrance fees ]
General (high school and above) : ¥500
Students (elementary/middle) : ¥100

[ Access via public transport ]
Please see separate public transport access map >>

◆ JR
Kagoshima Chuo Station → Goino Station(25mins on the Ibusuki-Makurazaki Line)
Goino Station → Hirakawa Zoo (20mins walk)

◆ Bus
Kagoshima Kotsu No. 2: every 20 mins, journey 60 mins
Kagoshima Station (Aquarium)→Tenmonkan→Takamibaba→Korimoto→Taniyama Station →Goino Station→Hirakawa Zoo

* May 26, 2015
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Yakushima Environmental Culture Center

The Yakushima Environmental Culture Center is a culture facility where visitors may learn about information related to Yakushima's nature, culture, etc.

Inside, videos and displays introduce and explain the nature of Yakushima's mountains, forests, rivers, and oceans.

The facility at the entrance to Miyanoura Beach is an ideal way to get an overview of Yakushima.



[ Opening Hours ] 
9:00 - 17:00 (Admission until 16:30)

[ Closed ]
3rd Tuesday of every month, the day after National Holidays, New Years holidays (December 28 - January 1), February 15- last day of the month. 

[ Admission Fee ]
General Admission: 520 yen, High School/University Students: 360 yen, Middle/Elementary Students: 260yen, Infants: Free

[ Getting There ]
5 min. walk from Miyanoura Beach

[ Website ]
Yakushima Environmental Culture Center >> ※Japanese Only

* May 15, 2015
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