The Koshikishima Islands are located on the East China Sea to the northwest of Kagoshima, with a population of about 6,000 people.
It is made up of three main islands, Kamikoshiki, Nakakoshiki and Shimokoshiki, and several smaller islands in the surrounding.
Each island has its unique landforms, and the great views have attracted many visitors.
Their unique landforms, interesting when viewed up close, is the envy of many geologists; The living environment here allows one to feel the evolution of earth.
There are many locations on the islands where one can witness the unique landforms of Koshikishima Island.
The Tombolo View Spot at Satocho of Kamikoshiki Island overlooks a great tombolo (sand bar) of almost 1km in width.
A tombolo is a deposition landform in which an island is attached to the mainland by a narrow piece of land such as a spit or sand bar. Approximately 1,300 people live on this tombolo.
From "Nagame-no-Hama", one can enjoy a breathtaking overview of Lake Namako.
A sandbar of about 2km formed by small pebbles cuts off a segment of the sea into a beautiful lagoon, reminds people of the slow passing time on the island.
Be sure not to miss "Napoleon rock", a famous tourist spot in the Shimokoshiki area.
Standing 127m above the sea surface, the side profile of this is strangely shaped rock resembles the great Frenchman Napoleon, and is hence called "Napoleon Rock".
One can even feel the special landforms by observing the river flows from the mountains.
The "Senoo-no-Kannon Santaki" waterfall falls from a height of 55m down a triple step cliff. The surrounding is filled with cool and refreshing air.
From the Yohagi Maruyama Park, one can clearly see the earth's stratified layers of the Page Iwa cliff.
Ancient fossils are often discovered here. Last year, the fossil of a tooth of the herbivorous dinosaur Ceratopsidoe was found in an 80 million year old earth stratum in the Kashima area.
Not limited to viewing from afar, one can actually access some of the rocky escarpments, which are a few minutes walk from the Sesenoura village.
Napoleon Rock blends in with the Sesenoura village surroundings, and the villagers have long referred to the rock fondly as "Chuuse".
Hachijiri Observatory overlooks the Kashima area of Shimokoshiki, Nakakoshiki and Kamikoshiki islands. It is interesting to compare the view with a map.
We recommend the Dangai Tour, which brings visitors around the island on a boat.
Looking at the islands from the sea brings a refreshing perspective.
Be sure to visit Koshikishima Island - Natural Beauty formed from the Waves, Breeze and Earth's Evolution
About 1 - 2 hours ferry ride from Kushikino port on Kagoshima mainland.
【Further Enquiries】 * English language support available
■ Kamikoshiki Tourist information Center
■ Shimokoshiki Tourist information Center
■ Shimokoshiki Hotel
Koshikishima Sinwakan (*Accommodation, car rental, transfer from port)
Area guide : Hokusatsu area >>
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A day shortens in winter in Japan and get dark at around 6 pm in Kagoshima of December.
There are many place that you enjoy the illumination all over the Kagoshima prefecture.
We would like to introduce the illumination spots in Kagoshima downtown area!
■ Minato Odori Park
Event Period ：Dec. 1st ~ Jan. 31st
Event Hours ：6pm~10pm
■ Dolphin Port
Event Period: ~ Feb. 28st
Event Hours: 5pm~0am
■ Kagoshima City Aquarium
■ The main arcade in Tenmonkan
■ Yamakataya Department Store
Night city view tour is available!!
It is one of tour of Kagoshima city view bus.
Even if you feel lazy to go outside when its cold, you could see some of illumination from the window!
It operates every Friday and Saturday.
【 Time schedule 】 * December only
Kagoshima Chuo sta.: 18:30, 19:00, 19:30, 20:00
Tenmonkan : 18:35, 19:05, 19:35, 20:05
Dolphin Port : 18:39, 19:09, 19:39, 20:09
Shiyakusyo-mae : 18:43, 19:13, 19:43, 20:13
【 Bus route 】
Kagoshima Chuo sta. ⇒ Tenmonkan ⇒ Dolphin Port ⇒ Shiyakusyo-mae(City Hall) ⇒ Shiroyama(staying 15min) ⇒ Saigo-douzoumae(Statute of Mr.Saigo) ⇒ Tenmonkan ⇒ Kagoshima Chuo sta.
【 Fare 】
■ Hptel Shiroyama
This Hotel Shiroyama's illumination is popular with the local people.
Event Period: ~ Feb. 16st
Event Hours: 5:30pm~11pm
* November 29, 2013
Check the information of Kagoshima Prefecture Illumination 2012, on here >>
Dig your own Hotspring by yourself then enjoy taking footbath with great sea view!
You will see and feel the energy of earth!!
【Sakurajima natural hot spring digging tour】
** Kindly make an advance reservation for the tour.
■ Holding period： Full year
■ Time required： 2 - 3 hours
■ Fee： 10,000 yen(1-4 people) , adding 2,000 yen per person
■ Capacity： 7 *Please contact us when you participate in the 8 or more
■ What you need： Dress easy to move, hat, towel, drink
■ Contact： +81 99-245-0100
* November 15, 2013
Area guide : Sakurajima >>
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The Ibusuki Nanohana Marathon is officially recognised as the first full marathon of the year in Japan.
It will be held on 12 January 2014.
The Nanohana (rapeseed flowers) will be in full bloom during that time and participants will race through a sea of yellow.
Along the way, our staff will serve steamed sweet potatoes, red bean dessert and other delicacies, making this a memorable "Number One Hospitality Marathon in Japan"!
After the long run, be sure to relax your body and rejuvenate yourself at our natural hot springs!
Ibusuki is one of the most famous hot spring regions in Japan, and natural "onsen" (hot springs) are available at most of the accommodation here.
Also, Ibusuki is the only place in the world where one can experience the sand bath.
Kindly refer to the URL below for more information on accommodation in Ibusuki.
Be sure to join us at the Ibusuki Nanohana Marathon and enjoy breathtaking views of the majestic Mt. Kaimon, Lake Ikeda, and the beautiful Nanohana blooms!
We waiting for your ENTRY!!
Date of Race: 12 January 2014
Race Course Distance: 42.195 km
Entry fee: ￥4,500
Registration deadline: 30 November (* registration on actual day is not allowed)
Ibusuki Nanohana Marathon Organizer Office： 0993-22-2550
Everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Sat, Sun and Public holidays)
【Online Registration】 (* Credit card payment accepted)
* November 14, 2013
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The "Seven Stars in Kyushu
" is the talk of the town!
Besides the luxurious train carriages, which boast top class hospitality, the trip also allows passengers to experience the unique charms of Kyushu.
There is a VIP lounge at the JR Hakata Station (start point and terminus) for exclusive use by "Seven Stars" passengers, heightening the excitement for a magnificent journey about to begin.
On board the train, one will realise everything on the Seven Stars - from the classy interior furnishings and staff uniform to cutleries and utensils, are carefully selected to match the grandiose and extravagance of the trip.
Passengers on course 1 will get to enjoy their second night and third day in Kagoshima.
Great scenery from Sengaene
The gate of Chinjukan.
Applications for the third round of departures (April to June 2014) was opened on 1st July 2013.
According to media reports, JR Kyushu has received applications of more than nine times the maximum capacity. Due to overwhelming positive response, it is difficult to secure a reservation.
But the good news is that in the applications for the third round of departures, priority will be given to applicants based outside of Japan.
For further information, please refer to the link below.
Applicants based outside of Japan who wish for priority reservation have to apply using the dedicated application form found on the "Seven Stars in Kyushu" official website.
Please contact JR Kyushu Cruise Train Tour Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly for other enquiries.
Embark on this extravagant journey on board the "Seven Stars" to discover a new way of life.
■ Official website of the "Seven Stars in Kyushu"
■ Click here for more information (PDF file)
■ Concept movie
* November 6, 2013