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A sister city of Kagoshima-shi "Napoli" Italy.

The scenery of Kagoshima-city was called "Oriental Naples".

The volcanic island Sakurajima float on Kinkou bay are very similar with a scenery of Naples which has Mt. Vesuvio float on Naples bay.
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Naples, Italia
Mt. Vesuvio and Naples bay

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Kagoshima, Japan
Sakurajima island and Kinkou bay

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After a pact of Sister's city, it been having exchange of goodwill mission, present of Japanese books and dispatched youth.


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[ Naples Avenue in Kagoshima city ]

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[ City tram, model name : Napoli ]

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Please compare both of wonderful city Kagoshima-shi and Naples by your own opinion! 

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* August 26, 2014

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"Tamatebako" Open-air Onsen

Tamatebako Onsen is an open-air hotspring with a bird's eye view of Mt. Kaimondake and the East China Sea. 

Not only does the interior design of the onsen tubs used by men and women on a daily basis vary but there are different views of the surrounding lanscape as well. 

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Enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding area while soaking in this hotspring! 

Visitors will even experience a unique and wonderful feeling of enjoying the hotspring, ocean and sky integrated all together.

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[ Hours ] 
9:30 - 19:30
* Mt. Kaimondake Open-air Onsen Schedule: Men --- Odd-numbered days (ex. 1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) | Women --- Even-numbered days (ex. 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.)

[ Holidays ]
Every Thursday, and the day after National Holidays

[ Admission Fee ]
500 yen

[ Access ]
JR Ibusuki-Makurazaki Line + 25 "Nottari Oritari" Bus ride from "Ibusuki Station"


[ Official Website ]
Healthy Land Open-air Onsen Tamatebako Onsen >>


[ Address ]
Fukumoto 3340, Yamagawa, Ibusuki City, Kagoshima Prefecture

* August 18, 2014
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Access : Sakurajima island

It only approx. 4 km from Kagoshima Port that across through the sea.

Visitors can enjoy the charm of Sakurajima and Kinko Bay from the ferry.

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Sakurajima Ferry offers a 24-hour service, line connects Kagoshima and Sakurajima ports.

Runs every 10-15 min during daytime.

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One of good way local people enjoy cruise to Sakurajima is Udon noodles.

Enjoy a 15 min ferry ride across Kinko Bay with a view of Sakurajima!

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◆ Sakurajima Ferry

【Fare】
・ Adults ¥160 Chidlren ¥80
・ Bicycles ¥100
・ Scooters /Motorcycles ¥200~
・ Vehicles(includes driver's fare) ¥880~ 

【 Ticket counter 】
Kagoshima Port Ticket Counter


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 YORIMICHI Cruise (Excursion Cruise)

Excursion Cruise goes off the regular Sakurajima ferry cource and cruises near Sakurajima for approximately 50 minutes.

The Cruise leaves Kagoshima port at 11:05 am every day(except 29 Dec to 3 Jan).

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【Fare】
・ Adults ¥500 Chidlren ¥250

【 Ticket counter 】
Kagoshima Port Ticket Counter, Kagoshima Chuo Station, Tourist Information Center
※we ask that groups and guests with cars reserve one day in advance

【Contact】
Kagoshima city Ship Bureau
TEL: 099-293-2525



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 Access to Sakurajima Ferry Terminal (Kagoshima port)

● From Kagoshima Chuo Sta.
   >>  1 min walk from "Suizokukan-mae" bus stop either "City view bus" or "City bus"
   >>  5 min walk from "Suizoku-kan-guchi" tram stop
   >> 15 min Taxi drive

● From Kagoshima Sta.
   >>  7 min walk

● From Kagoshima Airport
   >>  50 minutes by airport shuttle bus. Get off at Kinsei-cho bus stop and 15 min walk

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Free Wi-Fi : Kagoshima City free Wi-Fi

Kagoshima City free Wi-Fi is the new Wi-Fi service offered by Kagoshima city.

It gives you 15 minutes of FREE Wi-Fi access for up to an hour per day at specific locations in Kagoshima-city.

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[ Locations ]
1) Tourism Exchange Center (Kankou Kouryu Center)
2) Tenmachi Salon
3) Museum of the Meiji Restration
4) Sakurajima Port of Sakurajima Ferry
5) Yunohira Observatory

Below is a map of the 'Kagoshima City free Wi-Fi' coverage hotspots.


View Kagoshima City free Wi-Fi in a larger map

* Kagoshima City free Wi-Fi is available at place where the below sticker is displayed.

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* August 6, 2014
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Traditional Confectionery of Kagoshima

Kagoshima local sweets are simple and nostalgic, and they go well with green tea.

Traditional local sweets frequently used ingredients are natural vegetables such as brown sugar, sweet potato and rice.

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Karukan is the most popular confectionery in Kagoshima, dates back to the late Edo Period.
It is steamed cake made from yams and rice powder and sugar.

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A steam-cake made by mixture of eggs, flour, brown-sugar and baking soda.

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Freshly roasted mochi (rice cake) is stuck on two skewers and drizzled with sweet soy sauce.
The word "Jambo" means "Double Stick" hence the use of two skewers.

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The rice is soaked in lye overnight, wrapped in bamboo, and then cooked for 3 ~ 4 hours in lye. It is usually eaten with soybean flour and soy sauce.
This confectionery is one of integral part of Kagoshima's May Festival.

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* July 18, 2014
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