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Enjoying Japanese Style Accommodation

For domestic travels, it is not unusual for Japanese people to choose their travel destinations based on the accommodation.

While most hotels are well-equipped in terms of facilities, the quality of the food served makes the difference.

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Guests should not miss out on the hotel food, which are specially prepared using local specialty products and fresh local produce.

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Another main attraction of Japanese accommodations is the public bath.

Kagoshima prefecture has the second most number of natural hot springs in the 47 Japanese prefectures, and most, if not all, of the public baths are filled with natural hot spring waters.

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Hotel guests should also not forget to take the "Asa-buro (morning hot spring bath)" during their stay.

Accommodation in Kagoshima Prefecture >> 

Hot Springs in Kagoshima Prefecture >> 


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Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen (Hirauchi Underwater Hot Springs)

Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen is mysterious in that the natural bathtub appears only at low tide(twice a day 2hours each) .

One can be feeel that you are part of nature while you see wave from there.

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* Mixed bathing
* It not allow swim suits

** The Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen video from Kagoshima Energetic Japan's video clips >>

[ Time of Low tide ]
Japan Meteorological Agency >>


[ Access ]
5min walk from "Hirouchi-kaichu onsen" bus stop *Please keep in mind there are only few buses are working.

 
[ Park ]
4cars

* October 20, 2014
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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!

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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 ]
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*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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