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Tenmonkan - Downtown Kagoshima

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


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.


◆ 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



◆ 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



◆ 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.


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


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


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


Gallery Hiramine >>  *Closed on  Wednesdays,  Thursdays
Modern Art Gallery & Café

** 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.


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.


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 >>


◆ 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)


◆ 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


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

* September 2, 2014
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The "Ibusuki no Tamatebako" Scenic Train

The "Ibusuki no Tamatebako" is a scenic train which runs along the Ibusuki-Makurazaki line operating in the southernmost point in Japan.


"Ibusuki no Tamatebako" is named after the many places in Ibusuki which appear within the legendary folktale, "Taro Urashima".

"Tamatebako" may be literally translated as "treasure box" and is a key aspect of the "Taro Urashima" story. 


Locally the "Ibusuki no Tamatebako" is referred to as "Ibutama" for short, and locals wave their hands at the train to show warmth and hospitality.  


From the windows, visitors will see the vast landscape with Mt. Sakurajima and Kinko Bay which were regarded by Lord Shimadzu Nariakira as the "pond" and "artificial hill" garden elements. 


Besides the landscapes along the railway lines, there are also many attractive aspects on the outside body of the trains.  

The body was designed with characteristic colors such as black like the mountainside and white like the seaside.



The interior also has many interesting aspects.

Chairs facing out the windows towards the ocean.

A brilliantly-colored seat design.


Special little chairs for children.


White clouds of smoke blow out from above the door as passengers board the train.


Come ride the  "Ibusuki no Tamatebako" scenic train and make lasting memories.

[ Operation Hours ] 
Everyday, 3 times a day (roundtrip) 

[ Timetable ] *Last update: 15 March 2014


[ Reservation ] *Seat reservation(s) required

◆ Reservations from within Japan 
Available at "Midorino-madoguchi" counters in main JR staions at every region of Japan. *Seating opens for reservations 1 month in advance. 

◆ Applicants who has residence(address) in Japan 
Online reservation are acceptable 1 month in advance >> *Japanese language only

* August 21, 2014
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Kanoya Athlete Restaurant

The Kanoya Athlete Restaurant of the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya (NIFS), the only national sports university in Japan, is committed to supporting its undergraduates from the nutrition aspect.


The restaurant is open to public, while the undergraduates of NIFS get a discount on some of the menu items.

The set meal, which is specially planned to provide optimum nutritional balance, includes rice, soup and three main dishes (entrée).


The menu items are based on sports nutrition and are supervised by the lecturers of NIFS. The receipt that comes with the menu shows the nutritional information of the food items.

Kanoya Marche, a parallel establishment to the restaurant, sells fresh produce from the local farming community and food ingredients used at the Kanoya Athlete Restaurant.


[ Opening Hours ] 
Lunch: 11:30 - 14:30 HRS (Last order: 14:00 HRS); Dinner: 17:30 - 23:00 HRS (Last order: 22:00 HRS)

[ Closed On ] Monday

[ Website ] Kanoya Athlete Restaurant >>
** Japanese language only

[ Getting There ] 5 minute walk from the "Kanoya Tai-iku Daigaku-mae / Hakusui" Bus stop (Sanshu Jidosha Bus)

[ Address ] 594-1 Furusato-cho, Kanoya-shi, Kagoshima-ken

* August 26, 2014

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