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Hayato-no-Kaze Express

Operating between Kagoshima city (Kagoshima Chuo Stn.) and Yusui town (Yoshimatsu Stn.) through the mountains of Kirishima, the jet black train, with its gold emblem, exudes classic beauty. 

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The wooden interior gives warmth and a retro feel, ferrying passengers through lush greenery to the rich hot springs of Kirishima, home of the legend of the founding of Japan

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* March 15, 2015
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Kagoshima Airport

Kagoshima airport has an international and a domestic terminal. The international terminal is served by four flight routes, operating between Kagoshima and Korea, Shanghai, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

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The domestic airport is connected by daily direct flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and other large metropolitan cities, as well as the islands of Kagoshima including Yakushima Island, Tanegashima Island, Amami Oshima Island, Yoron Island, and so on.

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Souvenir shops, restaurants, convenience store, post office and a money changer can be found within the domestic terminal.

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Besides shopping and dining, there are other free-of-charge services available at the Kagoshima airport.

Aviation Display Room "Sora Stage"
Flight simulator (subject to fee), life-sized engine parts, wing parts, etc. and other static displays (free entrance).

[ Opening Hours ] 06:30 - 21:15 HRS

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◆ Natural Hot Spring Footbath "Oyattosa"
The first free-of-charge natural hot spring footbath facility in a Japanese domestic airport.
Handicap Accessible (equipped with slopes and railings)

[Opening Hours] 09:00 - 19:30 HRS

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◆ Wi-Fi Service [ Kagoshima Airport Wi-Fi ] >>
Free internet Wi-Fi service is available (** limited to areas around the Wi-Fi hot spots)

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The Airport Limousine Bus is a convenient way to travel between Kagoshima airport and various regions around Kagoshima prefecture >> 

* March 7, 2015
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Cherry blossom viewing : Except Kagoshima-city

Hanami is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of cherry blossoms ("sakura").

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People go to parks, gardens, or mountain to see a view of cherry blossoms with their co-workers, family members, and friends.

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Cherry trees come into full bloom from the end of February to early April, and many Ohanami place will get crowded everywhere in Kagoshima!

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【 Chiran Peace Park (Heiwa Koen) 】 / Minamikushu-city
Scale : Approx 850 trees
Normal blooming season : Late March~ Early April

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Access : Board the bus for Chiran from Yamakataya bus terminal in Kagoshima-city.(Approx. 1.5hour) Approximately 5 minutes by walk from Tokkou-kannon-iriguchi bus stop. 

Inquiries : Minamikyushu Chiran Culture Center (Bunka Kaikan) +81-993-83-2111




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【 Mt. Uomi 】 / Ibusuki-city
Scale : Approx 1,000 trees
Normal blooming season : Late March~ Early April

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One can look out over Ibusuki City stretched below, spy Chiringashima and Sakurajima floating in Kinko Bay,and even catch a glimpse of Osumi Peninsula from peak Mt. Uomi. 

Access : Approx. 20 minutes by car from JR Ibusuki Station to the summit

Inquiries : Ibusuki City Hall Tourism Division +81-993-22-2111




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【 Maruoka Park 】 / Kirishima-city
Scale : Approx 6,000 trees
Normal blooming season : Late March~ Early April

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During peak season, many visitors come from inside and outside the prefecture to picnic here and enjoy the view.

Access : About 10 minutes by car from Osumiyokogawa Station on the JR Hisatsu Line

Inquiries : Maruoka Sakuraen +81-995-72-1362




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【 Kirishima Shrine 】 / Kirishima-city
Scale : Approx 200 trees
Normal blooming season : Late March~ Early April

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Access : About 10 minutes by bus from Kirishima-Jinguu Station on the JR Nippou Line

Inquiries : Kirishima Shrine +81-995-57-0001




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【 Tadamoto Park 】 / Isa-city
Scale : Approx 1,000 trees
Normal blooming season : Late March~ Early April

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At Tadamoto Park, once selected as one of Japan's top 100 sakura-viewing locations, you can enjoy the various forms of sakura blossoms in the daytime and night time. 

Access : About 90 minutes by car from Kagoshima City; about 30 minutes from Shibushi City;  about 40 minutes from Miyakojo City, Miyaki Prefecture

Inquiries : Isa City Hall Regional Promotion Division +81-995-23-1311





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【 Michi no Eki Osumi Yagoro Densetsu no Sato 】 / Soo-city
Scale : Approx 1,200 trees
Normal blooming season : Late March~ Early April

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The grounds also include a souvenir shop, the "Yagoro Pavilion" kurobuta pork restaurant,a giant Yagorodon statue standing 15 meters tall and weighing in at 39 tons,a playground, and a grassy open area. Each year a Sakura Matsuri is held to celebrate the colorful flowers as they reach full bloom.

Access : About 90 minutes by car from Kagoshima City; about 30 minutes from Shibushi City;  about 40 minutes from Miyakojo City, Miyaki Prefecture

Inquiries : Soo Municipal Council of Social Welfare Osumi Branch Office +81-99-482-0080


* February 20, 2014
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Cherry blossom viewing : Kagoshima-city

Hanami is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of cherry blossoms ("sakura").

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People go to parks, gardens, or mountain to see a view of cherry blossoms with their co-workers, family members, and friends.

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Cherry trees come into full bloom from the end of February to early April, and many Ohanami place will get crowded everywhere in Kagoshima!

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【 Yoshino Park 】 
Scale : Approx 630 trees
Normal blooming season : Late February~ Mid-April

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The site boasts 12 varieties of sakura,including three trees of the Kawazuzakura and Izuno Odoriko varieties which are rarely seen in Kagsohima. 

The best time to see them is late February, although other varieties of sakura bloom in turn until early April.

Access : Board the Yoshino Park bus at JR Kagoshima Chuo Station (25 min)

Inquiries : Yoshino Park +81-99-243-0155





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【 Isoyama Park 】 
Scale : Approx 250 trees
Normal blooming season : Late March~ Early April

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Access : Board the Kagoshima City View bus and get off at "Sengan-en-mae" stop.

Inquiries : Senganen +81-99-247-1551



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【 Kotsuki Riverside 】 
Scale : Approx 500 trees
Normal blooming season : Late March~ Early April

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Access : Approx. 20 minutes from Kagoshima-chuou sta by walk. 

Inquiries : City of Kagoshima Parks and Greenery Division +81-99-216-1368


* February 13, 2014
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The 30th National Cultural Festival Kagoshima 2015 ~Riding the Kuroshio Wave of Cultural Restoration~

About the National Cultural Festival (NCF) 

Held annually and centered on amateurs, the NCF is the largest cultural event in Japan, where arts and culture organisations and enthusiasts from around the country gather to engage in cultural activities, performances, and interaction with one another.

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[ Date ]
31 October (Sat) - 15 November 2015 (Sun)

[ Theme ]
Riding the Kuroshio Wave of Cultural Restoration 

[ Features ] 
1. Opening Ceremony Festival, Grand Finale Closing 

2. Symposiums 
    ・Meiji Restoration, Industrial Modernisation Heritage
    ・Natural Heritage, Island Life and Culture
    ・Kuroshio Culture
    ・International Music Festival and Modern Art
    ・Onsen Culture and Local Culinary Culture

3. Various Festivals 
Over a hundred art events held in the 43 municipalities, featuring brass band, choir, opera, orchestra, musicals, classic ballet, Japanese Buyo dance, modern poems, Haiku, Western and Japanese paintings, digital art, sculptures, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, Noh, Taiko drum, Kagura music, and many more. 

4. International Exchange Festival 
Cultural groups from Asia will perform on a combined stage at the International Exchange Festival (as part of the NCF celebrations), and participate in local municipal events to share their home culture 

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[ Organisers ] 
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Kagoshima Prefecture, Kagoshima Prefecture Board of Education, local municipalities, etc 

[ Further Enquiries ] 
The 30th National Cultural Festival Kagoshima 2015 Executive Committee National Cultural Festival Office, Kagoshima Prefectural Government
 
Address: 10‐1 Kamoike‐Shinmachi, Kagoshima City, Japan 890‐8577 
TEL: +81‐99‐286‐2863 / FAX: +81‐99‐286‐5597 
EML: bunkasai‐junbi@pref.kagoshima.lg.jp / URL: http://kagoshima-kokubunsai.jp/

* February 24, 2015
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