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JR Kagoshima Chuo Station

JR Kagoshima Chuo Station is the busiest train station in Kagoshima prefecture.

It is a transportation hub, served by a multitude of trains such as special express trains, sightseeing trains, and local trains.


The station has a prominent ferris wheel on top, and there are shopping arcades in the vicinity. Retail shops, restaurants and a cinema can be found here.


A highly accessible and convenient area, the terminal station for the Kagoshima City View bus is located here. The station is about a seven minute tram ride away from Tenmonkan, the downtown area of Kagoshima city.

※ A central bus terminal, served by local buses, interprefectural highway buses, the airport limousine bus, etc. is about a five minute walk away >>


◆ Midori-no-Madoguchi (Reservation Ticket Office)
Ticket sales and enquiries (regular train tickets, reserved seating, discount tickets, commuter pass, etc.)

[ Opening Hours ] 05:30 - 23:00 HRS (open all year round)


◆ Kagoshima Chuo Station Tourist Information Centre
Located within JR Kagoshima Chuo station, the tourist information centre offers travel information, pamphlets and brochures, and also city tours.

[ Opening Hours ] 08:00 - 20:00 HRS


◆ Other facilities
Coin lockers, car rental, convenience stores, ATM, etc. >>

* September 2, 2014
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The "Ibusuki no Tamatebako" Scenic Train

The "Ibusuki no Tamatebako" is a scenic train which runs along the Ibusuki-Makurazaki line operating in the southernmost point in Japan.


"Ibusuki no Tamatebako" is named after the many places in Ibusuki which appear within the legendary folktale, "Taro Urashima".

"Tamatebako" may be literally translated as "treasure box" and is a key aspect of the "Taro Urashima" story. 


Locally the "Ibusuki no Tamatebako" is referred to as "Ibutama" for short, and locals wave their hands at the train to show warmth and hospitality.  


From the windows, visitors will see the vast landscape with Mt. Sakurajima and Kinko Bay which were regarded by Lord Shimadzu Nariakira as the "pond" and "artificial hill" garden elements. 


Besides the landscapes along the railway lines, there are also many attractive aspects on the outside body of the trains.  

The body was designed with characteristic colors such as black like the mountainside and white like the seaside.



The interior also has many interesting aspects.

Chairs facing out the windows towards the ocean.

A brilliantly-colored seat design.


Special little chairs for children.


White clouds of smoke blow out from above the door as passengers board the train.


Come ride the  "Ibusuki no Tamatebako" scenic train and make lasting memories.

[ Operation Hours ] 
Everyday, 3 times a day (roundtrip) 

[ Timetable ] *Last update: 15 March 2014


[ Reservation ] *Seat reservation(s) required

◆ Reservations from within Japan 
Available at "Midorino-madoguchi" counters in main JR staions at every region of Japan. *Seating opens for reservations 1 month in advance. 

◆ Applicants who has residence(address) in Japan 
Online reservation are acceptable 1 month in advance >> *Japanese language only

* August 21, 2014
Area guide : Ibusuki area >>

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Kanoya Athlete Restaurant

The Kanoya Athlete Restaurant of the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya (NIFS), the only national sports university in Japan, is committed to supporting its undergraduates from the nutrition aspect.


The restaurant is open to public, while the undergraduates of NIFS get a discount on some of the menu items.

The set meal, which is specially planned to provide optimum nutritional balance, includes rice, soup and three main dishes (entrée).


The menu items are based on sports nutrition and are supervised by the lecturers of NIFS. The receipt that comes with the menu shows the nutritional information of the food items.

Kanoya Marche, a parallel establishment to the restaurant, sells fresh produce from the local farming community and food ingredients used at the Kanoya Athlete Restaurant.


[ Opening Hours ] 
Lunch: 11:30 - 14:30 HRS (Last order: 14:00 HRS); Dinner: 17:30 - 23:00 HRS (Last order: 22:00 HRS)

[ Closed On ] Monday

[ Website ] Kanoya Athlete Restaurant >>
** Japanese language only

[ Getting There ] 5 minute walk from the "Kanoya Tai-iku Daigaku-mae / Hakusui" Bus stop (Sanshu Jidosha Bus)

[ Address ] 594-1 Furusato-cho, Kanoya-shi, Kagoshima-ken

* August 26, 2014

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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.
Naples, Italia
Mt. Vesuvio and Naples bay


Kagoshima, Japan
Sakurajima island and Kinkou bay


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

[ Naples Avenue in Kagoshima city ]



[ City tram, model name : Napoli ]


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

* 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. 


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.


[ 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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