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Notice of Route Changes

The new route of Kagoshima City View has been effective Saturday, January 13.

Two old routes combined to this new route.

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「Sego-don! Taiga drama-kan 」has opened on January 13!

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Kagoshima Fish Market Tour 2017

Dates: Every Saturday between March to November, 2017
Meeting time: 6:45am 
Meeting place: Entrance of Kagoshima Fish Market, near Kagoshima Port
Tour time: 7am - 8am (about 1 hour)
Tour cost: 
Adults 2,000 yen / Children 1,000 yen
* If you stay at a member hotel
Adults 1,000 yen / Children Free
(includes tour guide, sashimi tasting, rubber boots, insurance)

Please wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes. 

< Tour Schedule >
6:45 Meet at the entrance of Kagoshima Fish Market
7:00 Tour starts! Walk around the fish market
8:00 End of tour

< Option after the tour >
Breakfast at fish market restaurant!
You can taste the freshest sushi and seafood breakfast at restaurants after the tour.
Cost: Please pay for your own breakfast (approx. 1,000 yen).

< How to Apply >
Visit our Facebook page "Kagoshima Fish Market Tour" and send us a message with the following information.
○ Name and Nationality
○ E-mail address 
○ Requested tour date
○ Number of people
○ Hotel you'll stay on the day of the tour

< Access >
By Taxi: 
About 5 min from Tenmonkan area 
About 10 min from Kagoshima Chuo station area

On Foot:
About 15-20 min from Tenmonkan area

* February, 2017
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What is Kagoshima Community Cycle "Kagorin"?

Kagorin is a cycle hire scheme with docking ports installed in 21 locations around Kagoshima City. Bicycles can be borrowed any time from anywhere, and can be returned to any docking port. It is a new means of transport. 

Friendly to the environment, cycling makes exploring the city of Kagoshima more fun.

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Visit the official website below for more information.


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Sakurajima Ferry Terminal "Kagoshima Port" (Kagoshima Honko Port)

Kagoshima Port for Sakurajima Ferry is about 15 to 20 minutes walk away from Tenmonkan area.

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From Kagoshima Chuo Station, take the city tram to Suizokukan-guchi (Aquarium) tram stop.

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Both passenger and vehicles will pay the fare at Sakurajima Port for the regular ferry line.

At Kagoshima Port, board the ferry and pay the fare when you arrive at Sakurajima Port.

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You may pay only by cash (Japanese yen) or IC card (IWASAKI Card, RAPICA).

JR-issued IC cards (e.g. Suica) and other currencies (e.g. US$) are not acceptable.

There are no money exchange services on Sakurajima island.

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We recommend you to purchase the "Welcome Cute", which is a public transportation pass that includes trips on ferries, buses, and trams operated by Kagoshima City.

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You can buy the "Welcome Cute" pass at the service counter on the 2nd floor of Sakurajima Port (open 7:00-9:00) in advance of your boarding and show it to the crew.

Sakurajima Ferry runs 24 hours every day! This means you can enjoy a variety of scenery onboard from early in the morning to late at night!

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* Round trips are not permitted, so please disembark when the ferry has reached the destination port.

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■ Kagoshima Port for Sakurajima Ferry

【 Access 】
Kagoshima City Tram: 5 minutes walk from Suizokukan-guchi (Aquarium) tram stop
JR train: 12 minutes walk from JR Kagoshima Station
Kagoshima City Tram: 15 minutes walk from Tenmonkan tram stop

Terminal opening hours 
24 hours

Office business hours 】 
7:00-19:00 * There will be staff stationed at the terminal 24 hours daily for concerns about fare.

【 Timetable 】

Click here to find out about Sakurajima Ferry Terminal "Sakurajima Port" >>

* September, 2016
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Illumination Spots in Kagoshima Downtown Area


The day grows shorter in winter in Japan and it gets dark at around 6 pm in Kagoshima in December.

There are many places around Kagoshima Prefecture where you can enjoy the illumination.


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Let's check out some of the illumination spots in Kagoshima downtown area!
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■ Minato Odori Park
  Event Period: Dec. 1st - Jan. 31st
  Event Hours: 6pm-10pm

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■ Dolphin Port
  Event Period: until Feb. 28th
  Event Hours: 5pm-0am

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■ Kagoshima City Aquarium

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■ Tenmonkan illumination
 Event Period: Jan. 6th - Jan. 31st
 Event Hours: 6pm-10pm

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■ The main arcade in Tenmonkan

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■ Yamakataya Department Store

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■ Miami St.

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■ Rinkai St.

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Night view city tour is available!!
It is one of the tours of Kagoshima City View Bus.
Even if you are lazy to go out, you can enjoy the illumination through the bus window!

City View Bus Night View Course 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 (stops for 15 min.) ⇒ Saigo-dozo-mae (Statue of Takamori Saigo) ⇒ Tenmonkan ⇒ Kagoshima Chuo Sta. 

【 Fare 】 
¥200 

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■ Hotel Shiroyama Kagoshima
  Hotel Shiroyama's illumination is popular with locals.
 
  Event Period: until Feb. 16th
  Event Hours: 5:30pm-11pm

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* November, 2016
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Ohara Matsuri - A Dance Festival will be held on November 3rd!

Ohara Matsuri, a dance festival held at Tenmonkan in downtown Kagoshima, is attended by about 20,000 people. 

It is also the largest festival of its kind in southern Kyushu. 

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Dancing in unison to traditional music such as the Ohara-bushi (a popular tune of Kagoshima)and the likes.

The participants come dressed in traditional Yukata (summer style Kimono), Happi (festive overcoat), and some even wear home-made costumes.

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Spontaneous participation is also greatly encouraged! 

So what are you waiting for? Come join in the Ohara Matsuri!

【Date】
2 Nov (Sat); 18:45~21:00 (Pre-Festival) 
3 Nov (Sun); 10:20~17:00 (Main Festival)

【Venue】
Along the tram line in Tenmonkan, Kagoshima City

【Access】
15 minute walk (towards Tenmonkan) from JR Kagoshima Chuo Station 
Take the city tram and alight at Takamibaba station

【Map】

Area guide >> Kagoshima-city

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Kagoshima City Aquarium (Io World)

Kagoshima City Aquarium "Io World" will attract you with its size (one of the biggest in Kyushu) and outstanding structure.

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It lies very close to Sakurajima island ferry terminal, so it has easy access from downtown Kagoshima and also from Sakurajima island.

Its exhibition of marine life comes from the seas of Kagoshima and Kinko Bay spread over just in front of you.


The whale shark "YU-YU" swimming freely in the huge pool "Kuroshio Great Water Tank" will grab your attention first when you enter the aquarium.

YU-YU's stuffed toy is the most popular item in the souvenir shop.

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Other popular members are the dolphins that show off their wonderful talents at Dolphin Pool everyday.

The 20 minute show at Dolphin Pool gives an introduction to their body structure and skills.

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The dolphins are free to swim out to the open-air waterway outside the aquarium at certain times, so we can meet them outside again!

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Details about Dolphin Waterway >>

The big aquarium and abundant exhibitions there will surely entertain you!

【 Business hours 
9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (final admission at 5:00 p.m.)
** We also hold night time events at the Aquarium during Golden Week, weekends of summer vacation, and on Christmas eve

Closed
Four consecutive days starting from the first Monday of December
*Open as usual during the year-end and New Year holidays

Admission Fee
Adult (high school and above): 1500 yen
Student (elementary and junior high): 750 yen
Child (over 4): 350 yen

Website
http://ioworld.jp/

Access
Kagoshima city tram (line 2), alight at Suizokukan-guchi tram stop and walk for 8 minutes
Kagoshima city bus (routes 16-2, 25, 26: Catch the buses at East 4 to 6 bus stops), alight at Kagoshima-suizokukan-mae bus stop and walk for a few minutes

* October, 2016
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A Sister City of Kagoshima City - Naples, Italy

At the base of Mt. Sakurajima is resource-rich Kinko Bay, and across the bay lies the urban area of Kagoshima City.

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The scenery of Kagoshima City has been called the "Oriental Naples".

The volcanic island of Sakurajima floating on Kinko bay is very similar in appearance to the scenery from Naples, which sees Mt. Vesuvius across the Gulf of Naples.


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The two cities share sister-city relations.
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Naples, Italy
Mt. Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples

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Kagoshima, Japan
Mt. Sakurajima and Kinko Bay

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Since becoming sister cities, the two cities have been conducting mutual goodwill missions, youth dispatch, and Kagoshima City has presented Japanese books.


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[ Naples Avenue in Kagoshima City ]

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[ City tram, model name : Napoli ]

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Compare the two wonderful cities of Kagoshima and Naples - what do you think?

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* September, 2016

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Kagoshima's "Rokugatsudo" Summer Lantern Festival

Rokugatsudo encompasses a series of summer festivals held at various shrines and temples throughout the prefecture in July (June in the old calendar), each taking place on days designated by the shrines and temples themselves. 

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The Rokugatsudo festivals have long history and continue to succeed as seasonal Kagoshima summer events.

At the shrine and temple grounds, lanterns made from wooden sticks and Japanese paper are strung along a network of ropes and feature a variety of illustrations and messages.

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There are many shops lining the roadsides as well. These shops, the shrine-temple atmospheres and lanterns altogether give off a very fantastic, whimsical air. 

Within Kagoshima City these festivals will be put on almost every night in July and will continue through to the end of the month.

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Please enjoy a "Kagoshima Summer" at a Rokugatsudo lantern festival! 

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The "Terukuni Shrine Rokugatsudo" held on the 15th and 16th of July each year is one of biggest Rokugatsudo festivals in all of Kagoshima Prefecture. 

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The movie, "Rokugatsudo no san-shimai (The Three Sisters of Rokugatsudo)" is a story about the Rokugatsudo festivals and is currently in theaters nationwide. >> *Japanese Language Only

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* July, 2016

YORIMICHI CRUISE

There is a cruise called "YORIMICHI CRUISE", which will keep you fully entertained for 50 minutes with the attractive and changing views of Mt.Sakurajima and Kinko Bay.

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The cruise runs once a day, departing from Kagoshima Port at 11:05AM and arriving at Sakurajima Port.

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The cruising course differs from the ordinary one as it goes down Kinko Bay in a circuit. You may even get to see dolphins. 

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Discover a lesser-seen side of Kagoshima on the "YORIMICHI CRUISE"!

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[ Fare ]
500 yen (adult) 250 yen (child)
** You will need to pay the fee in advance at Kagoshima Port.
** Passengers with one day passes "Welcome Cute" should drop by the ticket office to exchange for a boarding ticket on the day of boarding.


[ Departure time ]
11:05 AM from Kagoshima Port (one service a day)
** There is a useful circuit bus for Sakurajima sightseeing called "Sakurajima Island View" which starts at Sakurajima Port at 12:15 PM
** If you wish to return to Kagoshima Port, you will need to pay 160 yen for the regular ferry service back. 


[ Ticket Offices ]
>> Kagoshima Port
>> Sakurajima Port
>> Kagoshima Chuo Station Tourist Information Center

* July, 2016
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Sakurajima Summer Night Cruise

The Summer Night Cruise around Kinko Bay is an annual tradition. 

From 7 to 9 pm you can enjoy a floating beer garden and 50 fireworks bursting over the surface of the water.


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PLACE: Kagoshima City, Kinko Bay

DAYS: August 1 - 31*excluding August 13 - 15

○OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.city.kagoshima.lg.jp/sakurajima-ferry/cruise/noryo.html

CONTACT: Kagoshima City Ship Operation Division TEL:+81-99-293-4785


Kagoshima Fireworks Displays 2016 (over 5,000 fireworks)

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[ 24 July ] from 8pm
Shibushi Port Festival
@Shibushi Port
10,000 fireworks

[ 30 July ] from 8pm
Sakurajima Hinoshima Festival
@Sakurajima Multi-purpose Park
6,000 fireworks

[ 6 August ] from 8pm
Isa City Summer Festival
@Hishikari, Isa City
5,000 fireworks

[ 7 August ] from 8pm
Makurazaki Port Festival
@Makurazaki Port
10,000 fireworks

[ 7 August ] from 8pm
Kanoya Summer Festival
@Furue Port (scheduled)
8,000 fireworks

[ 13 August ] from 8pm
Tarumizu Fureai Festa Summer Festival
@Tarumizu Port
8,000 fireworks

[ 16 August ] from 7:40pm
Sendaigawa River Fireworks Festival
@Sendaigawa riverside
10,000 fireworks

[ 20 August ] from 7:30pm
Kagoshima Kinko Bay Summer Night Fireworks Festival
@Kagoshima Port -Honko Port- 
15,000 fireworks


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Dolphin Waterway

In front of Kagoshima City Aquarium is a Dolphin Waterway, 275m in length and a part of the open sea. 

Dolphins can swim out from their pool to the waterway freely.

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This channel is divided into 3 parts by a road and two footbridges: north, central, and south.

The south area is within a few minutes walk from the commercial complex Dolphin Port.

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We can see the dolphins' performance at the waterway 3 times daily for 10 minutes.

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* Events are subject to change or cancellation depending on the conditions of the dolphins and sea

Do stop by at this free zone on your stroll around Kagoshima.


【 Monday to Friday 】  10:30 /12:30 /14:30

【 Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays 】  11:30 /13:30 /15:00

Video clip of the dolphins' performance >>


Io World Kagoshima City Aquarium

【 Access 】  
*The Dolphin Waterway is just by the Io World Kagoshima City Aquarium

Kagoshima city tram: take line 2 bound for Kagoshima-eki-mae, 8 minutes walk from Suizokukan-guchi tram stop

Kagoshima city bus: take routes 16-2, 25, 26 at the bus stops East 4 to 6 outside Kagoshima Chuo Station, alight at Kagoshima-suizokukan-mae bus stop
* June, 2016
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Shiroyama Observatory - Shiroyama Promenade

"Shiroyama" is the name of the hill located in the center of Kagoshima City with an altitude of 107 meters. The name comes from the fact that a castle had once been built on the hill.

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The 2 km promenade to the observatory is filled with more than 600 species of plants. 

While located in the city area, it is a treasure trove of nature.

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The observatory is very popular with travelers as a photo spot that overlooks Mt. Sakurajima and Kinko Bay.

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Why don't you take a walk there in the morning to see the sun rising up from behind Mt. Sakurajima?

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◆ Shiroyama Observatory
【 Access 】
Disembark at the Shiroyama bus stop from the Kagoshima City View bus "Shiroyama and Iso Course".

◆ Shiroyama Promenade
【 Access 】 *See the lines on the map showing 2 routes
1 Route from "Tanshoen" next to Terukuni Shrine
2 Route from "Iwasaki Tani" next to the Satsuma Retainers Monument

* May, 2016
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Experience Sushi-making at a "Sushi School"

At "Sushi Sayaka" in Kagoshima City, you can experience sushi-making at an actual restaurant using fresh local fish.

* Reservations required for groups of more than 10 people. Cost: 3,000 yen per person.
[ TEL ] +81 99-255-0381 ( Kosei Sushi School )

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See Details >>

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* January, 2017
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Heritage of Industrial Modernization in Kagoshima

The Satsuma Domain situated in the southwestern point of Japan was the first to be threatened by foreign powers.

In 1840, faced with heavy pressure to trade from European and American countries, the Domain engaged in modernization.

The Shuseikan Project initiated by Nariakira Shimadzu who became feudal lord in 1851 engaged in the construction of reverberatory furnace and other mechanization that was to come.

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Kagoshima's three component sites: 

■ Shuseikan
* Comprising the site of the reverberatory furnace, the Shoko Shuseikan factory, and the Foreign Engineer's Residence 

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■ Terayama Charocoal Kiln
   As coal was not available, the Satsuma Domain focused its energies on the production of white charcoal, a high quality, powerful heat source as their main source of fuel.

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■ Sekiyoshi Sluice Gate of Yoshino Leat
   Water was taken from Yoshino Plateau, behind Iso where Shuseikan is located.
   Power was generated using water-wheels that utilize the height difference of the cliff.
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Enjoying Japanese Style Accommodation

For domestic travels, it is not unusual for Japanese people to choose their 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.

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

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■ Accommodation in Kagoshima Prefecture >> 

■ Hot Springs in Kagoshima Prefecture >> 


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■ Accommodation in Kagoshima Prefecture >> 


A New Halal Market has Opened in Kagoshima City

Rajpoot Halal Foods & Spices is a grocery store that features Indian and and Middle Eastern groceries including Halal meat, spices and snacks.

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Rajpoot Halal Foods & Spices is located at 84-18 Masago-cho, Kagoshima.
It is open Mon-Sat from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 


For more information, check out the Rajpoot Halal Foods & Spices Facebook page >>


* September 25, 2015
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Muslim Friendly >>

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Useful Information for Visitors to Marine Port Kagoshima


Information about one-day pass and city transport. >>

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Map of Tenmonkan (downtown Kagoshima) and City View Bus route map. >>

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Port area map. >>

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High Speed Boat (Yakushima Island / Tanegashima Island)

Two high speed boats, Toppy and ROCKET, operate between Kagoshima and Yakushima Island and Tanegashima Island (no difference between the two types of boats in terms of conditions).

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The shortest travel time between Kagoshima and Miyanoura Port (on Yakushima Island) is about 1 hour 45 minutes, and there are seven trips per day (including stop-overs).

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The stop-over trips include a stop at Tanegashima Island (famous for its Space Center), and Ibusuki (known for the Ibusuki Steamed Sand Bath, the one and only in the world)

Toppy & ROCKET High Speed Boat >>  (** Japanese only)


[ Getting there ] 
Kagoshima Honko South Pier Traveller's Terminal
(Kagoshima Honko, Minami-futo Kosokusen Ryokyaku Terminal)
>> 20 minute from JR Kagoshima Chuo Station, alight at Kosokusen Terminal.



Kamoike-Tarumizu Ferry

The Kamoike-Tarumizu Ferry is a regular 40-minute ferry operating between Kamoike Port on the Satsuma peninsula and Tarumizu Port on the Osumi peninsula.

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The Sakurajima Ferry also connects Kagoshima City to the Osumi peninsula, but it is more convenient to get to Tarumizu City, Kanoya City, and Cape Sata, the southernmost tip of the Osumi peninsula via the Kamoike-Tarumizu Ferry.

The non-stop bus bound for Kanoya City, which departs from Tenmonkan and JR Kagoshima Chuo station, utilizes this ferry too >>
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The Nankai udon noodles, available on board the Tarumizu Ferry, also receives good reviews from even outside of Kagoshima Prefecture.

As udon is also available on board the Sakurajima Ferry, one might wish to take the Sakurajima Ferry on the way back, so as to try the udon and find the difference.

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[ Ticket Price ]
Adult: 480 Yen / Child: 240 Yen / Bicycle: 180 Yen / Motorbike: 350 Yen onwards / Vehicle (including driver): 1,250 Yen onwards

[ Getting There ] 
To Kamoike Ferry Terminal in Kagoshima City
>> About 30 minutes by bus (Kagoshima Kotsu Bus) from the JR Kagoshima Chuo Station.
>>About 15 minutes by taxi from the JR Minami Kagoshima Station

[ Timetable ] ( Time required : 40-45 min. ) 
Kamoike Ferry Terminal - Tarumizu Ferry Terminal >>

[ Website ] 
Kamoike-Tarumizu Ferry >>

* January 30, 2015
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Dolphin Port Shopping Mall

Dolphin Port is a bayside shopping complex that offers a great view of Mount Sakurajima and Kinko Bay.

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Situated close to Tenmonkan, the Sakurajima Ferry Terminal, and the Kagoshima City Aquarium, the highly popular Dolphin Port is not only accessible but it also offers a free hot spring foot bath for travelers to refresh themselves.

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A wide array of stores selling special local products and sundries, café, barbeque restaurants, French dining, Japanese cuisine, sushi, ramen noodles, can be found here.

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[ Opening Hours ]
Depends on individual store/restaurant


[ Getting There ]
10 minute walk from Tenmonkan, 5 minute walk from Sakurajima Ferry Terminal.

[ Website ] 
Dolphin Port >>  (** Japanese only)

* January 5, 2015
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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 rain, and also volcanic ash from Mount Sakurajima.

There are retail stores, boutiques, restaurants selling traditional Kagoshima food, cafés and so on lining the arcade.

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◆ Tenmachi Salon
Tourism information pamphlets, rental of strollers, temporary luggage storage service, showcasing of specialty products, etc. are available here.

[Opening Hours]  10:00 - 19:00 HRS (open 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 guide services 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, 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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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.

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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.

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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, intercity highway buses, the airport limousine bus, etc. is about a five minute walk away >>

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◆ Midori-no-Madoguchi (Ticket Office)
Ticket sales and inquiries (regular train tickets, reserved seating, discount tickets, commuter pass, etc.)

[ Opening Hours ] 05:30 - 23:00 HRS (open all year round)

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◆ Kagoshima Chuo Station Tourist Information Center
Located within JR Kagoshima Chuo station, the tourist information center offers travel information, pamphlets and brochures, and also city tours.

[ Opening Hours ] 08:00 - 20:00 HRS

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

* September 2, 2014
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Sakurajima Ferry

The Sakurajima Ferry is a regular ferry operating between Kagoshima Honko Port and Sakurajima Port.

Sakurajima Port is only approx. 4 km away from Kagoshima Port across the bay.

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Sakurajima Ferry runs every 10-15 min during daytime, and operates 24 hours.

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Visitors can enjoy the charm of Sakurajima and Kinko Bay from the ferry.



Locals also enjoy the cruise with udon noodles sold on the ferry.

This is one of the recommended ways to enjoy the ferry from downtown Kagoshima to Sakurajima.

1st Get on the ferry

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2nd Rush to the Japanees noodle shop "Yabukin", and order udon noodles!

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3rd Grab your udon noodle bowl and chopsticks (be careful not to spill the scalding hot soup), and eat outside while looking at the Sakurajima volcano coming closer to you.

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4th When you hear the announcement signaling your imminent arrival at Sakurajima, return your bowl to the shop saying "gochiso-sama".

Don't forget you need to finish all these steps within 15 minutes!




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◆ Sakurajima Ferry

[ Ticket Price ]
Adult 160 yen; Children 80 yen 

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 YORIMICHI Cruise (Excursion Cruise)

Excursion Cruise detours from the regular Sakurajima ferry route and cruises around Mt. Sakurajima for approximately 50 minutes.

The cruise leaves Kagoshima Port at 11:05 am everyday (except 29 Dec to 3 Jan).


[ Ticket Price ]
・ Adults 500 yen; Children 250 yen


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Free Wi-Fi : Kagoshima City Free Wi-Fi

Kagoshima City free Wi-Fi is the new Wi-Fi service offered by Kagoshima City.

It gives you 15 minutes of FREE Wi-Fi access for up to an hour per day at specific locations in Kagoshima City.

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[ Locations ]
1) Tourism Exchange Center (Kanko Koryu Center)
2) Tenmachi Salon
3) Museum of the Meiji Restoration
4) Sakurajima Port of Sakurajima Ferry Terminal
5) Yunohira Observatory
6) Shiroyama Observatory
7) Kagoshima Chuo Station Tourist Information Center

Below is a map of the 'Kagoshima City free Wi-Fi' coverage hotspots.


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* Kagoshima City free Wi-Fi is available at places where the below sticker is displayed.

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* August 6, 2014
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Free Wi-Fi : Kagoshima Prefectural Visitors Bureau

Free public Wi-Fi service has started at Kagoshima Prefectural Visitors Bureau!

Please use it to check sightseeing information and upload your travel experiences and photos to social media right away! 

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[ How to connect to Wi-Fi network at Kagoshima Prefectural Visitors Bureau ] 
* Registration can be done on the spot.

1) Select SSID : Synapse_Free_Wi-Fi
2) Agree to the conditions
3) Register your name and email address
4) You will be connected to Wi-Fi.

* June 10, 2014
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Kagomma Furusato Yataimura : Everything from Kagoshima is available here!

Every shop entertains you with a variety of delicious dishes with original ingredients from different areas of Kagoshima.

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There are approx. 25 lively and unique stalls and each stall has a capacity for about 8 guests in this village.

In this tiny space, guests become friends and enjoy conversation with each other.

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Come and enjoy local production and locally-grown fresh ingredients from a rich sea and fertile soil of Kagoshima prefecture!

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* April 10, 2014
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Kagoshima and England : Friendship Born from Confrontation

In a time long ago, in an age when there were still Samurai, Kagoshima (formerly Satsuma) and England, an intense war unfolded across this region. 

However, the war rapidly progressed toward deep friendship between Kagoshima and England.

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At the time of the reconciliation negotiations, Kagoshima offered England fruits as a souvenir.

The fruits were mikan oranges now known as Satsuma (Kagoshima's old name) in England.

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At the Paris World's Fair held in 1867, porcelain and ceramics from Kagoshima were also displayed under the Satsuma name, called "Satsuma ware."

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Throughout these exchanges, Kagoshima's relationship with England has left behind many historical sites.

Won't you take this chance to visit the sites of historical exchange?

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【 History of Exchange with England 】

1863   The Satsuma-England War begins
          (A  fleet of 7 English ships arrive in Kagoshima Bay)

1865   Satsuma Domain students dispatched to study abroad in England
          (19 Students and delegates are dispatched to England)

1866   Minister Parkes visits Kagoshima English engineer arrives in Kagoshima.
          The Kagoshima Spinning Mill is established and opened.

1870   English doctor William Willis is invited to Kagoshima.

1906   Prince Connaught enters Japan. Visits Kagoshima.

1921   Crown Prince Edward (later Edward VIII) enters Japan. Visits Kagoshima.


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A grand location, this Japanese garden offers an unbroken view Sakurajima and Kinko Bay.

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In 1658, the feudal lord of the Satsuma Domain (Shimadu Mitsuhisa) created Senganen as a detached residence. English Minister Parkes (1866) and Edward VIII (1921), among others, have made visits to this representative Japanese garden.

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Toward the end of the Edo Period, 7 English people were invited to serve as instructors at a spinning mill built near Senganen. This location served as their residence. 
Those instructors later served a part in Japan's development.

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An exchange student in Portsmouth, England, and later a commander in the Japanese Navy. 
In 1905, he was called the "Nelson of the East" after destroying the Baltic Fleet, called the worlds' strongest at the time.

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The site of the battery where the battle between the English fleet and the Satsuma Domain unfolded in 1863. 
Nearby, there is a monument to the Anglo-Satsuma War, and a stone bridge built across the Koutsuki River at the end of the Edo Period. 
There is also a memorial to the bridge, describing its history and the techniques used to build it.

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William Willis originally came to Japan in 1861 as a doctor to the English Ministry, but was invited to act as principal of the Satsuma Domain's medical school, and head of the hospital. One of his students, Takaki Kanehiro, later went on to contribute to the medical world in Japan. 

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The site of a battery where battles between the English fleet and the Satsuma Domain too place in 1863. There were 11 cannons installed, each capable of using large cannonballs. 

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A statue of the students who travelled to England in 1865 in order to learn various techniques that had developed there. The youngest of the group was 13-year-old Nagasawa Kaname. Their experiences helped hasten Japan's modernization.

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The villa of the Shigetomi-Shimadzu group, one of the Satsuma Domain's main families.
It was used as a location in the 1967 film "You Only Live Twice" of the 007 film series starring Sir Thomas Sean Connery.

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Built as the pavilion for the Meeting of the Kyushu Okinawa Association in 1883. Afterwards, it became a location to display both domestic and international products.
It was visited in 1806 by Prince Connaught, and in 1921 by Edward VIII during their respective visits to Kagoshima.

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* March 12, 2014

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Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant

Since the March 11th, 2011 Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant incident in Fukushima, the world has been paying more attention to the energy policy of Japan.

In light of that, seven companies including Kyocera Corp. pooled their finances to set up the Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corp., which operates the Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant.

Located at Nanatsujima in Kagoshima City, the plant has been active since November 1st, 2013, and is the largest solar power plant in Japan.

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Equipped with 290,000 solar panels, the power plant boasts an annual output capacity of about 70 MW, sufficient to power 22,000 local households.

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The area of the site is about 1,270,000 m2 (about 27 times the size of Tokyo Dome), and it takes about 1 hr 30 min to walk around it.

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The plant is built on a large plot of flat reclaimed land which is fully exposed to the sun's rays. Since the site extends into Kinko Bay, reflected sunlight from the solar panels does not pose any inconvenience to the local neighborhood.

Moreover, according to research by the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory, this area has been experiencing longer hours of sunlight and a higher level of solar radiation (compared to the national average) for the past 30 years.

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The Kagoshima Nanatsujima Solar Science Museum located on the premises, and houses multimedia static displays where the public can learn more about solar power harnessing (*advanced reservation required)

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After visiting the museum, one might consider dropping by the Kinkowan Park Lookout, which is about 10 minutes away by car.

From the lookout, one can see the solar panels floating atop Kinko Bay, with Mount Sakurajima in the background.

It is a new dimension for Kagoshima, as an advanced, pro-environmental conservation city.

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【Kagoshima Nanatsujima Solar Science Museum】

Open: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Closed: Monday / Tuesday / New Year's holiday(29 Dec.~ 1 Jan.)

Admission fee Free

Contact Tel:099-262-2102  **Advance reservation required

Address 2 Nanatsujima, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan


* January 10, 2014
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Specialty Products

Oshima Tsumugi

The weaving of Oshima Tsumugi silk has been carried out for centuries on Amami-Oshima Island.

It is considered casual wear that feels comfortable even in the hot summer.

Different from regular kimono silk, it is light and has become a luxury kimono style.

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Visitors can see the process and products not only at the Oshima Tsumugi Mura on Amami-Oshima island, but also at the Oshima Tsumugi no Sato in Kagoshima City.

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Satsuma-yaki Pottery

Satsuma-yaki pottery has been produced in Miyama, about 20km northwest of Kagoshima City, for roughly 400 years. 

Satsuma-yaki pottery can be broadly categorized into white and black Satsuma-yaki. 

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The white, or "Shiro Satsuma-yaki" is the color of ivory, and has hairline cracks and brilliant paintings. It is delicate and elegant and was originally fired for the lords of the Satsuma Han clan.

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"Sukashibori" is a traditional technique for making Satsuma-yaki pottery. It is an elegant handicraft produced with a delicate technique.

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In contrast, the black, or "Kuro Satsuma-yaki" style, which was fired for use by ordinary citizens, conveys a simple warmth.

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One of the Kuro Satsuma-yaki items called a "kurojyoka" is a little black round-shaped kettle for drinking warm shochu, the local distilled spirit in Kagoshima.

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And the "sorakyuu" has a conic body, which prevents it from sitting upright on a table.

When you drink with this cup, everyone will say "sora, kyuu! (OK, drink up!)", hence its name.
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Which Satsuma-yaki pottery do you like, white? or black?


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100% Natural Footbath at Sakurajima!

Dig your own hotspring by yourself, then enjoy taking a footbath with a great view of the sea!

You will see and feel the energy of Earth!! 


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You can take a private tour organized by the Sakurajima Visitor Center.

Or you can purchase a digging set (a shovel, towel, and guidebook), also available at the Sakurajima Visitor Center.

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【Sakurajima Hot Spring digging tour】
  ** Kindly make an advance reservation for the tour.

■ Tour Season:  all year

■ Time required: 2 - 3 hours

■ Fee3500 per person 

■ Capacity: 7  (Please contact us for 8 or more participants) 

■ What you need: Dress easy to move, hat, towel, drink  

■ Contact: +81 99-245-0100

■ Official WebsiteSakurajima Museum

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Iso area which greatly contributed to the modernization of Japan.

"Shuseikan" located in Iso area of Kagoshima-city is the first modernized industrial factory complex in Japan. 

The Nariakira Shimadzu  who was the Satsuma Domain Lord at the end of Edo period, commanded to establish the industrial factory complex in this Iso-area. 

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He thought "Japan can stand with Western nations in an equal level only when Japan succeeds in making the life of the people rich."

So he implemented the modernization policies known as "the Shuseikan Project"in various fields. 

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Many other sites which shows the steps to the modernization still remain also in Iso area, besides Shuseikan.

Reminds of a reverberatory furnace where they casted the melted pig iron into cannons.

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The house of British engineer who instructed workers at cotton mill was built first time in Japan.

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The villa constructed by Mitsuhisa Shimadzu for Shimadzu family.

Nariakira Shimadzu loved "Sengan-en" in Iso area, and Atsuhime who was married to the Tokugawa shogun family also visited here at those days. 

Please enjoy this majestic landscape view making use of Sakurajima as its background mountain and Kinko Bay as inside pond, as they did.

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Modern Satsumayaki Porcelain Ware
The technique of making bricks using the reverberatory furnace was applied

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Satsuma Kiriko Cut Glass Factory
Started with the manufacturing of glass bottles for medicine

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This movement which occured in Iso had a big influence to the modernization of Japan as a whole.

In Kyushu region and also in Yamaguchi, Shizuoka and Iwate, there still remains many industrial sites which testify the accomplishment of Japan's modernization in a short period. 

As these sites have historical relations each other, the related prefectures and cities are advancing preparation towards the World Cultural Heritage inscription as "Sites of Japan Meiji Industrial Revolution (Kyushu, Yamaguchi and related area)". 
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Green Farm Agriculture Park

The Green Farm Agriculture Park in Kagoshima city is now open! 

Visitors can find out more about food and farming through the many hands-on experiences here. 

A wide array of facilities such as professionally equipped cooking rooms and handicraft rooms, a marketplace selling local produce, restaurants, etc. can be found in this 40 hectare establishment. 

It would be great to spend the whole day here!

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The various hands-on experience classes offered here are highly popular among visitors. Class schedule subject to changes every month


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■ Farm Tractor Riding

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■ Crop Harvesting

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■ Soba Making (buckwheat noodles)

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■ Relaxing Yoga Class

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From the farm restaurant "Dai Dai", visitors can enjoy the great view of Kinko Bay and Osumi Peninsula while tucking in to a sumptuous meal.

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The set menu offered here uses fresh vegetables, and the Hoze Soba (a type of buckwheat noodle) is the most popular.

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*  Kindly make an advance reservation for the hands-on classes.
TEL: +81 993453337


How to get there: About 10 minutes by taxi from JR Kiire Station.

Marine Port Kagoshima - known as 'the doorway of cruises'

Many cruises will be calling at Marine Port Kagoshima this year.

Marine Port Kagoshima is one of Japan's foremost ports.

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Approaching the port with the view of the magnificent Sakurajima will stir guests' curiosity.

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From Marine Port Kagoshima to Tenmonkan in central Kagoshima takes 25-30 min by Taxi and costs approximately 3,000 YEN.

The nearest stations are Wakita Tram Stop, and JR Usuki Staion. It takes 35 minutes on foot or 10 min by Taxi costing approximately ¥1,200.

From the city area it is very easy to access the active volcano Sakurajima, the Japanese gardens at Senganen, the aquarium, and outdoor hot springs from which you can enjoy the view of Sakurajima.

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Within 15 minutes by taxi, there are cultural attractions, electronics stores, hot springs, and shopping malls where you can enjoy your stay in Kagoshima without going too far from the port.

Please find the map of the port's surrounding areas using the link below:



With warm, welcoming hearts, the Hospitality Crews wave their flags as they greet arriving visitors, and send off departing visitors.

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The orange color flags of the Hospitality Crew reflects the warm heart of hospitality.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Kagoshima.

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