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Yakushima Airport

Fukuoka airport, a well-connected airport with 19 international flights, has one regular flight per day to Yakushima Island.

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Yakushima airport is about 20 minutes away by car from Miyanoura, the largest settlement on Yakushima Island. Taxi service that coincides with flight timings is available at the airport.

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* December 15, 2014
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Senbironotaki Waterfall

Senbironotaki Waterfall has a 60m drop and is one of the most recognized of the many waterfalls on Yakushima Island.

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The waterfall was named after its massive size and its resemblance to 1,000 people holding hands together.

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Visitors can access a magnificient view of the waterfall from the observatory to the south.

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[ Getting There ]
40 min. walk from "Tainokou" Bus stop

[ Parking ]
10 parking spots

* December 9, 2014
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Kirishima Art Forest

The Kirishima Art Forest is a modern art museum surrounded by the rich nature of Kirishima.

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Not only are there exhibitions held within the museum but there is also a great variation of outdoor exhibitions offered, making good use of the extensive gounds area.  

Outside, the 13 hectares area (roughly 32 acres) is spotted with about 22 works of art. 

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The works displayed outdoors are all original ideas and pieces from efforts made by domestic and international artists who actually visited this site.   

Further, while walking along a 2km-garden trail visitors may touch or even sit on the pieces and appreciate the art directly.   

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Come use all five senses and enjoy the magnificent artwork enveloped in Kirishima's nature. 

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[ Opening Hours ]
9:00-17:00 (admission ending at 16:30); ※Hours are extended during summer

[ Closed ]
Every Monday, the following day after a National Holiday, New Year's holidays (29 December - 2 January)

[ Admission Fee ]
General Fee: 310 yen; University and high school Students: 200 yen; 
Middle school and elementary school students: 150 yen; Children and infants: free

[ Getting There ]
From Kagoshima Chuo Station : 
JR Limited Express Hayato no Kaze (80 min.) + Local scheduled bus (20 min.)
Train Route: Kagoshima Chuo Station ⇒ JR Hisatsusen - "Kurino Station" ⇒ Yusui Town Furusato Bus - "Kirishima Art Forest" bus stop.  

From Kagoshima Airport : 
Airport Bus (30 min.) + Local scheduled bus (20 min.)
Airport Route: Kagoshima Airport ⇒ Nangoku Transportation (Okuchi・Minamita-bound) - "Ikiiki Countryside Center" bus stop  ⇒ Yusui Town Furusato Bus - "Kirishima Art Forest" bus stop.  

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* November 8, 2014
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Senbon Ichou "Thousand Ginkgo"

There are some plants giving you the comfort of the four seasons such as cherry blossoms in the spring and hydrangea in the summer.

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At the end of the summer, you will find "Japanese maples", "Japanese pampas grass" and "Ginkgo Biloba" which make you feel the closer to the autumn.

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In past few years, the lined gingko biloba trees in Tarumizu-city, Kagoshima is  known as the great tourist attraction to enjoy "autumn".

These lined gingko biloba trees are called "Senbon ichou", as it is named, there are over 1,000 ginkgo biloba on the site of 45 hectares.

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This is private land of "Cyuuman Yoshiaki" , he had made this lined gingko biloba trees with his wife spent 35 years.

When he had worked for a company for 22 years, he went to the mountain to cultivate the land and opened to the public for free in 2008.

Please visit this vast lined gingko biloba trees and enjoy the autumn!

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The best season is at the beginning of December.

It is a private land, please strictly observe rules and etiquette when you are here.

Please visit this vast lined gingko biloba trees and enjoy the autumn!

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* September 7, 2013
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Kamafuta Shrine

Kamafuta Shrine is a famous shrine popular for its unique worship during which visitors place a traditional rice pot lid atop their heads while praying.
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The origins of the shrine's name, "Kamafuta" Shrine (iron pot lid), dates all the way back to the Asuka Period (550-710 CE).  

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Legend has it that when the Emperor of Japan and his guests were welcomed to the area, a great gust of wind came down once all the rice was made in a large iron rice pot and blew the pot's lid to where the Kamafuta Shrine stands today. 

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The surprised locals found the lid and, ever since they enshrined the lid as a deity, the shrine has been called "Kamafuta Shrine". 

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During the war, many people visited Kamafuta Shrine as they believed it to be housing a "god of valor" and "art of war".

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More recently, many people wishing to succeed at something visit the shrine to pray for "victory", including athletes, students preparing to take an examination, and couples who desire a successful relationship.

You too can receive divine favor! 

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★ The Unique Worship of Kamafuta Shrine ★

First, take an rice pot lid from the shrine. 

Next, put the lid on your head and stand under the red torii gate. 

Now, walk slowly towards the shrine while trying to balance the lid atop your head, taking care not to drop it. 

* The distance to shrine from torii gate is approx. 10 meters! Keep challenging yourself -even if the lid falls off your head!

Once you reach the offering box, take the lid off from you heads and make a wish. 

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A bench and restroom modeled after a rice pot lid.

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A higher difficulty - the "mini-kamafuta" lid toss.

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[ Getting There ]
10 min. walk from "Ei-Ohkawa Station" off the JR-Ibusuki-Makurazaki line *There are only a few buses operating

[ Website ] 
Kamafuta Shrine >> *Japanese Only

* October 21, 2014
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