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Kyushu Expressway Pass


You can drive on all expressways in Kyushu with the "Kyushu Expressway Pass" for a flat rate!

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Let's rent a car and explore the exciting spots in Kyushu!

Recommended Driving Course for KYUSHU areas >>

Handy Expressway Map of KYUSHU areas >>


* October 14, 2014
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Shiratani Unsuikyou Ravine

The Shiratani Unsuikyou Ravine spans 424 hectares across the forest and is around 600 - 1,300m above sea level. 

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The forest is covered in green, unique ground plants like ferns and mosses, and visiting allows for travelers to experience and savor the superb world where Yakusugi cedar trees and laurel forests grow together.  

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Within the Shiratani Unsuikyou Ravine are three maintained courses -each with differing required course time, and the most popular of the courses being the "Taikoiwa Rock Course" which requires approximatly four hours of hiking time.

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Weather permitting, the Taikoiwa Rock is a great place for visitors to have a view of the surrounding massive granite rocks and enjoy a breathtaking overview of the Yakushima Island's forests.

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Also, slightly nearby to the Taikoiwa Rock is the "moss-covered forest" (kokemusu-mori) where director Hayao Miyazaki visited several times for inspiration for Studio Ghibli film, "Princess Mononoke" (Mononoke Hime). 

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Further, it is said that in order to accurately portray the forest's natural deep green shade in the film, staff had to incorporate at least 200 different shades of green.

Visit and experience firsthand how "green" Shiratani Unsuikyou Ravine truly is! 

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[ Open Season ]
Open all year *Closed during the winter season due to snow


[ Fee (By donation) ]
¥300 - High school student or older


[ Access ]
Shiratani Unsuikyou Bus stop


[ Parking ]
40 parking spots


[ Website ]
Shiratani Unsuikyou Ravine >>
*Japanese Only

* September 24, 2014
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Tenmonkan - Downtown Kagoshima

Tenmonkan, in downtown Kagoshima, is the number one shopping area in the southern Kyushu region.

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The Tenmonkan shopping arcade has a roof cover to provide shade from the sun and also volcanic ash from Mount Sakurajima.

There are retail stores, boutiques, restaurants selling traditional Kagoshima food, café, and so on, lining the arcade.

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◆ Tenmachi Saloon
Tourism information pamphlets, rental of strollers, hand luggage temporary storage service, showcasing of specialty products, etc. are available here.

[Opening Hours]  10:00 - 19:00 HRS (opens all year round)
[Address]  8-22 Higashi-sengoku-cho, Kagoshima-shi

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◆ Kagoshima Prefectural Visitors Bureau
Travel information (English / Korean / Traditional and Simplified Chinese) on Kagoshima prefecture (including the islands), and foreign language tour guiding available.

[Opening Hours]  08:30 - 17:30 HRS (open on weekdays only)
[Address]  Kagoshima-ken Sangyo Kaikan (1F), 9-1 Meizan-cho, Kagoshima-shi


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◆ Kagoshima Brand Shop
The Kagoshima Brand Shop carries about 1,600 special local food products such as Shochu liquor and confectionery, and traditional handicrafts 

[Address]  Kagoshima-ken Sangyo Kaikan (1F), 9-1, Meizancho, Kagoshima-shi
[Opening Hours]  09:00 - 18:00 HRS (open all year round)

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* August 27, 2014
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Sato port Area, Koshikishima island

One might wish to walk around this sparsely populated island of 6,000 people to explore the rustic island life.

There are several interesting spots in the vicinity of Sato port, which is served by high speed boats and ferries.

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The Tombolo View Spot
A good location that overlooks the 1km-wide great tombolo (sand bar).

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Sato Samurai residence complex
Remains of Samurai residence buildings which are surrounded by stone walls

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Yamashita-shoten >> 
Offering freshly made tofu (bean curd) *Closed on Thursday

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Gallery Hiramine >>  *Closed on  Wednesdays,  Thursdays
Modern Art Gallery & Café
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** Walking Map of Sato-port area

* September 10, 2014
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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.

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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.

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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 >>

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◆ 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)

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◆ 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

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

* September 2, 2014
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