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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.

[ 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, Onsen Culture and Local Culinary 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 


[ 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‐ / URL:

* February 24, 2015
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Ontamaran-don Rice Bowl

The main ingredient of an Ontamaran-don rice bowl is an "onsen egg" which are "unbearably delicious" or  "oihiku tamaranai" in Japanese, hence the name of the dish "Ontamaran-don".

The "onsen eggs" are nutricious "Satsuma-imo tamago" brand eggs harvested from local farms and boiled in water from the hotspring fountainhead of the Ibusuki Steam Sand Baths.

A soft, half-boiled egg is placed atop a bowl of rice with other local ingredients such as kurobuta Berkshire pork, katsuo Skipjack tuna, and okra.

Visitors will find "Ontamaran-don rice bowls" is served at many restaurants around Ibusuki.

Try comparing the different tastes from each restaurant!


[ Website ]
Ontamaran-don Rice Bowl >> *Japanese Only

* February 17, 2015
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Kirishima Grand Shrine

Kirishima is refered to as "the land where gods once descended", and the Kirishima Grand Shrine is a prestigious shrine enshrining these deities. 



Kirishima Grand Shrine was designated as a nationally significant cultural property, and many throughout the nation and from overseas make their way to visit the grand shrine.  



Also, when visitors pass the path wrapped in deep green, visitors can see on their righthand a sacred tree said to be the ancestor of all pine trees throughout southern Kyushu.  

It is said the pine tree of 35 meters is 800 years old and exhibits a powerful watch over the precincts. 


At large, it is said Kirishima Grand Shrine is a famous "power spot" showing divine favor in granting "family safety" and "career prosperity". 


Would you like to visit Kirishima Grand Shrine and experience the extensive sacred atmosphere in Kirishima?

You will surely wish to return for multiple visits to the shrine, not simply settling for one visit.


According to experts, Kirishima has demonstrated enhanced relaxation effects and has been designated as a "foresty therapy base". 

[ Getting There ]
- From Kagoshima Chuo Station
   JR train (80 min.) + Local scheduled bus (10 min.)
   Kagoshima Chuo Station ⇒ JR  Nippo-honsen "Kirishima Jingu Station" ⇒  Get off at"Kirishima Jingu" Bus stop (Kirishima Iwasaki Hotel-bound) 

- From Kagoshima Airport
   Airport Shuttle bus (35 min.) + Local scheduled bus (10 min.) 
   From Kagoshima Airport ⇒  Change at "Maruo" Bus stop (Kirishima-bound) ⇒  Get off at "Kirishima-Jingu" Bus stop (Kokubu-bound) 

[ Parking ] 300 parking spaces

[ Website ] Kirishima Grand Shrine >>

* February 13, 2015
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Kamoike-Tarumizu Ferry

The Kamoike-Tarumizu Ferry is a regular 40-minute ferry operating between Kamoike port on the Satsuma peninsula and Tarumizu port on the Osumi peninsula.


The Sakurajima Ferry also connects Kagoshima city to the Osumi peninsula, but it is more convenient to get to Tarumizu city, Kanoya city, and Cape Sata, the southernmost tip of the Osumi peninsula via the Kamoike-Tarumizu Ferry.

The non-stop bus bound for Kanoya city, which departs from Tenmonkan and JR Kagoshima Chuo station, utilises this ferry too >>

The Nankai Udon noodles, available on board the Tarumizu Ferry, also receives good reviews from even outside of Kagoshima prefecture.

As Udon is also available on board the Sakurajima Ferry, one might wish to take the Sakurajima Ferry on the way back, so as to try the Udon and compare the differences.


[ Ticket Price ]
Adult: 480 Yen / Child: 240 Yen / Bicycle: 180 Yen / Motorbike: 350 Yen ~ / Vehicle (including driver): 1,250 Yen ~

[ Getting There ] 
To Kamoike Ferry Terminal in Kagoshima city
>> About 30 minutes by bus (Kagoshima Kotsu Bus) from the JR Kagoshima Chuo station.
>>About 15 minutes by taxi from the JR Minami Kagoshima station

[ Website ] 
Kamoike-Tarumizu Ferry >>

* January 30, 2015
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Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park - Foot Hot Spring

The Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park has a free-of-charge, 100-metre-long foot hot spring.


With Kinko Bay in front and the magnificent Mount Sakurajima behind, one can feel the energy of mother nature.


Immerse your tired feet in the natural hot spring water discharged from 1,000 metres underground, to recuperate from fatigue.


For those who want more than just a footbath, do head over to the Sakurajima Magma Hot Spring facility nearby.

This Japanese Onsen (Hot Spring) facility is equipped with sauna, cold water bath, utase-yu back shoulder massage bath, electric pulse bath, and jacuzzi.


◆ Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park - Footbath
 [ Usage Fee ] Free of Charge
 [ Operating Hours ] 09:00 HRS till sunset
 [ Getting There ] 5 minute walk from Sakurajima Port

◆ Sakurajima Magma Hot Spring
 [ Usage Fee ] Adult: 300 Yen / Child: 120 Yen
 [ Operating Hours ] 10:00 - 22:00 HRS (13:00 - 22:00 HRS on Wednesdays only)
 [ Getting There ] 3 minute walk from Sakurajima Port

* January 27, 2015
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