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Shinonomenosato Ajisai kyo

Shinonomenosato Ajisai Kyo is a vast, 16.5ha/40.8ac garden utilizing the natural landscape of the mountain. 


It is said to be the largest of its kind in the country, and over 100,000 flowers of hydrangea in 160 different types beautifully bloom here on the premises around mid June every year. 


December brings foliages, turning the entire mountainous region in red and yellow. It makes it a popular scenic location for foliage viewing.


Perfect for spending a relaxing time, the premises is equipped with an exhibition gallery displaying ceramic art works by the owner of the garden and a tea house surving some meals.



[ Inquiries ]
0996-68-2133 (

[ Fees ]
Admissions: 500yen during hydrangea season, 300yen during autumn foliage season

[ Closed ]
Irregular (open everyday during hydrangea season)

[ Hours ]

[ Parking ]
about 30 vehicles

[ Access ]
JR: Izumi Station/Hisatsu Orange Railway Izumi Station → approx. 25 min. by taxi
Car: Minamikyushu Expressway Ashikita IC → approx. 40 min. toward Izumi City
Kyushu Expressway Hitoyoshi IC → approx. 40 min. toward Okuchi/Izumi

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Fukiage-hama Beach Sand Sculpture and Flower Festival 2017

The Golden Week is coming soon with this big event in Kagoshima!

This is the biggets sand festival in the world at Fukiage sandhill which is one of the Japanese big 3 sandhills.


This festival will be held only one month from 3rd ~31th May this year!

We entertain you with many events and foods during the golden stage period (3rd ~7th May)


There is the show "fantasy of sound and light" by the all sand statues lightend up.

This artistic world at the beautiful beach satisfys you!


[ The period ] 
2016/05/03~2016/05/31 ※8th May is closed

[ The main stage ]
the site specialy prepared flooe in Sakyu no Mori Kinpo

## The golden stage period
2016/05/03~2015/05/07  9:00~21:00
Adult Fee; 1000 JPY  Junior high students and under;500JPY

## The second stage period
2016/05/09~2016/05/31  9:00~17:00
Adult Fee; 500 JPY  Junior high students and under;300JPY

[ Official site ] 

[ Access ] 
the direct service bus will run during 3rd ~7th May!

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Enjoy varying tastes of the same Shochu

Shochu liquor is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from rice, barley, sweet potatoes, buckwheat and other ingredients.


While "Sake" is the representative alcoholic beverage of Japan, "Shochu" is known as the alcoholic beverage of Kagoshima. 

It is said that the annual Shochu consumption per capita (for the citizens of Kagoshima) is 27 liters.


Kagoshima, people drink SHOCHU often with hot water. 


[ With warm water ] * Kagoshima style
First pour hot water, followed by Shochu. 

Do not need to mix the glass, just remember the convection phenomenon in chemical lesson! In other area of Japan, people pour hotwater add SHOCHU, then "MIX"!
Now, you can tell Kagoshima's way to other Japanese.


Depending on personal preference, you may vary the ratio from 5:5 to 6:4 or other proportions.

Recommended to use these lines indicating the ratio 4:6,5:5,6:4 of SHOCHU and hot water 



[ Maewari ]
For those who have a chance to visit Kagoshima, be sure to try "Maewari".
Maewari: Pre-mixing Shochu with water for 1-3 days before consumption, to obtain a rich and mellow tasting drink.


We are sure you will come to love shochu as much as we do.

Experience the cultural charms of Shochu and its birthplace Kagoshima!


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Mt. Oonodake

Mt. Onodake is an accessible mountain for cars and beginner hikers alike, having a height of only 466 meters. 

From the observatory at the summit, visitors can access a panoramic view of the tea plantations spread out all around the area.


The "Chaju Stairs" (One hundred and Eight-steps Staircase) lead up to this observatory.

Small columns are placed along the steps that correspond to a certain age and the relevant "milestone" in that stage of life.


While climbing the steps, one can stop and look back, and reflect on one's life. It is also a good opportunity to evaluate one's life.


Taking a photo on the step that corresponds to one's age is a hit among visitors.


At the end of the 108 steps, one will find the final column named "Chabashira", which is rumoured to bring good luck when touched.

"Chabashira" refers to the rare sight of a tea stem vertically floating in a tea cup when hot water is poured. It is believed to bring good luck.


From the observatory, one can get a bird's eye view of Mt. Kaimon (also known as Satsuma Fuji), Lake Ikeda, and the tea plantations on rolling knolls.

Wouldn't you want to experience this new style of travel - Green Tea-rism?


The Chinese character for tea - "Cha" (from the name "Chaju") is made up of Chinese characters representing the numbers 10, 10 and 88, which totals 108.


Known for longevity, Japanese people have an interesting custom of special celebrations for their 88th, 90th,100th and 108 birthdays.

Nio Gaurdians of Fortitude  or "Fukutsuno-Niouzou"
Touch the place where you want to be cure or make better, you might get bless.


Onodake Shrine
Throw the same amount of change in the offering box as your age and it will bring you good health and longevity. *Don't cheat!


[ Access ] *No public transportation available
Car: 1 hr form Kagoshima City, 30 min. from Ibusuki, 30 min. from Chiran

Makurazaki Osakana Center

Speaking of Makurazaki, we would refer to it as the street of Katsuo (Bonito). 
The local production of Bonito flakes ranks top in Japan. In the Fish Centre, besides Katsuo, many other processed fish products are on sale.




The interior of the building is a cross-shape, lined with shops selling local products. Some shops are decorated with huge flags bearing pictures of fish, a bustling place indeed. Filled in abundance with seafood products from furikake (a dried seasoning sprinkled over rice) to frozen fish, this place attracts not only visitors but locals as well. With the products being sold cheaper than market price, we can easily dub this place as "the seafood kitchen of the Makurazaki residents". With children living nearby coming to play in the shop vicinity, we can feel the close relationship of the local residents.

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Although there is a large variety of fish on sales, the top seller is non-other than the Katsuo. One shop selling "Hana Katsuo (bonito flakes)" has staff shaving generous portions of Katsuo. The place is filled with the fragrance of bonito flakes, stopping shoppers in their steps. One can't help but start to imagine making "Chabushi" (a simple soup made by adding hot water to bonito flakes and fermented bean paste). With that thought, the throat thirsts for soup and the appetite grows.


Getting hungry, we proceed to the canteen on the second floor, which has a huge selection of seafood cuisine. One can choose to have a simple dish of Nizakana (stewed fish) or savour fresh slices of raw Katsuo (Bonito) and Kanpachi (Amberjack) sashimi. If one prefers Western style meals, there is fried fish and tempura (which essentially also means deep frying) as well. Despite the huge selection of seafood cuisine, the items are reasonably priced, just like the products on sales in the small shops on the first floor.




After satisfying our hunger with the large variety of seafood cuisine, why not check out the terrace outside? You can see fishing boats and the vast blue sea of Makurazaki leading to the external sea (outside of the Japanese main islands). The openness of the place makes one wants to stretch his body and take a deep breath. There are also benches on the terrace, so for those who cannot move after a heavy meal, feel free to sit and rest, and perhaps drift off into a short nap. Makurazaki Fish Port is a place not only for shopping but also delicious food and enjoying peaceful environment. Do enjoy the scenery of the Makurazaki Fish Port too!

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