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Enjoy Varying Tastes of the Same Shochu Liquor

Shochu liquor is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from rice, barley, sweet potatoes, buckwheat or 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 liquor consumption per capita (for the citizens of Kagoshima) is 27 liters.


In Kagoshima, people often drink shochu liquor mixed with hot water. 


[ With hot water ] *Kagoshima style
First pour hot water, followed by shochu liquor. 

There is no need to stir (remember the convection current you learned in physics class?). In other areas of Japan, people pour hot water before adding shochu liquor, and then stir the glass!
Now, you can differentiate Kagoshima's way of drinking from other parts of Japan.


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

If your drinking glass has line indicators, you can use these lines as a guide when mixing shochu liquor with hot water.



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


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

Experience the cultural charms of shochu liquor and its birthplace Kagoshima!


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* March, 2017

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Local Cuisine

Kagoshima, blessed with abundant natural resources, is said to be a treasure trove of safe, reliable and healthy food products.


Kibinago Silver-stripe Herring (raw fish)
Kibinago silver-stripe herring is often placed in a style resembling a flower on the serving plate. Local people prefer to pair the dish with a blend of vinegar and miso sauce rather than soy sauce.


Tonkotsu (braised pork belly) 



Keihan (chicken rice)
Amami Islands' local dish is made by pouring chicken broth over a bowl of rice.


This deep-fried fish cake is a famous dish of Kagoshima!



Kagoshima Wagyu Beef
A most exquisite taste of rich and savory flavors!



Kurobuta Pork
A popular dish is shabu-shabu, in which you cook the thinly sliced meat by dipping it in broth.


[ Kagoshima Local Confectionery] 
Simple and nostalgic, they go well with green tea.

Frequently used ingredients in traditional confectionery include natural ingredients like brown sugar, sweet potato and rice.



Karukan is the most popular confectionery in Kagoshima, dating back to the late Edo period.
It is a steamed cake made from yam, rice flour and sugar.



A steamed cake made from a mixture of eggs, flour, brown sugar and baking soda.



Freshly grilled mochi (rice cake) is skewered with two sticks and dipped in sweet soy sauce.
The word "jambo" means "double stick", hence the use of two skewers.



The rice is soaked in lye overnight, wrapped in bamboo skin, and then cooked for 3-4 hours in lye. It is usually eaten with soy bean flour and soy sauce.
This confectionery is an integral part of Kagoshima's May Festival.


Cherry Blossom Viewing: Kagoshima City

Hanami is the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the transient beauty of cherry blossoms sakura.


People go to parks, gardens, or mountains to enjoy the view of cherry blossoms with their co-workers, family, and friends.


Cherry trees come into full bloom from the end of February to early April, and ohanami places everywhere in Kagoshima will become crowded!

【 Yoshino Park 】 
Scale: approx. 630 trees
Normal blooming season: late February - mid-April


The site boasts 12 varieties of sakura,including three trees of the Kawazuzakura and Izuno Odoriko varieties which are rarely seen in Kagoshima. 

The best time to see them is late February, although other varieties of sakura bloom in turn until early April.

Access: Board the Yoshino Park bus at JR Kagoshima Chuo Station (25 min)

Inquiries: Yoshino Park +81-99-243-0155

【 Isoyama Park 】 
Scale: approx. 250 trees
Normal blooming season: late March - early April


Access: Board the Kagoshima City View bus and get off at Sengan-en-mae bus stop.

Inquiries: Sengan-en +81-99-247-1551

【 Kotsuki Riverside 】 
Scale: approx. 500 trees
Normal blooming season: late March - early April


Access: approx. 20 minutes from Kagoshima Chuo Station on foot

Inquiries: Kagoshima City Hall Parks and Greenery Division +81-99-216-1368

* February 13, 2014
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The New Kagoshima Promotional Movies are Out!

These video clips introduce the many arts, crafts and food of Kagoshima.
We would like you to experience the traditional culture and life of Kagoshima that has been passed down from generation to generation through these movies.

Please check out the 8 videos below!

* January, 2017
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Ibusuki Sand Bath: SAYURI ( 砂湯里 )

The 30 minutes drive from downtown Ibusuki will take you to this natural sand bath "SAYURI".


The sand bathing spot is just beside the sea. Shall we enjoy the sound of waves with our eyes closed?


You can see the sheer cliff behind and Mt. Kaimon, also called "Satsuma-Fuji" because of its beautiful shape from far away.

"SAYURI" is surrounded on all four sides by great nature. You can feel your entire body immersed in nature while bathing in the sand.


Walking 5 minutes from "SAYURI" will take you to another open-air hot spring "Tamatebako Onsen" with a superb view.

There is a discount ticket for both facilities "SAYURI" and "Tamatebako Onsen".


■ Natural Sand Bath: SAYURI

【 Open 】 365 days
* The facility may be closed depending on the weather. Please check in advance by calling 099-335-2669.

【 Business hours 】
9:00-17:30 (September to June)
9:00-18:00 (July and August)

【 Access 】

15 minutes drive from JR Ibusuki Station

Take the bus for "Ikeda-ko Lake" from JR Ibusuki Station, get off at the bus stop "Healthy Land", and walk for 10 minutes

10 minutes drive from JR Yamakawa Station

Take the bus for "Kaimon-eki Station" from JR Yamakawa Station, get off at the bus stop "Healthy Land", and walk for 10 minutes

* December, 2016
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It is the time to plan your travels to Kagoshima!
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Autumn in Kagoshima

Recommended Spot No. 1 [A Thousand Ginkgo Trees] (Tarumizu City)

A couple who moved here from an urban area about 30 years ago had continually planted ginkgo trees every year. Today, visitors can enjoy this beautiful forest of more than a thousand ginkgo trees. When the sun rays shine through, the whole forest is lit up in gold, just like a beautiful scene from a movie. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through this romantic and alluring forest. There is also a lookout point where visitors can catch a glimpse of Mount Sakurajima and Mount Kaimon in the distance.


- Recommended period: late November - mid December

- Directions:

        about 10 min. drive eastwards from Tarumizu City Hall on Route 71

Recommended Spot No. 2 [Kirishima Shrine] (Kirishima City)



The legend of Tenson Korin (Descent of the Heavenly Grandchild) originated from this shrine, and its protagonist "Ninigi-no-mikoto" is enshrined here. The premises of the shrine are filled with brilliant red maple leaves and many of the small paths in the vicinity are also famous maple leaf-watching spots among the locals!


- Recommended period: mid November - early December

- Further inquiries: Kirishima Shrine [+81-995-57-0001]

Recommended Spot No. 3 

[Husband-and-Wife Ginkgo Tree] (Fukuyama Town, Kirishima City)


This "Husband-and-Wife Ginkgo Tree" is located near Miyaura Shrine in Fukuyama Town, close to the black vinegar production grounds. It is rumored that the trees are more than a thousand years old and both their heights are about 38m. It is a pleasure to take a leisurely stroll under the bright yellow leaves of the trees.


- Recommended period: late November - mid December

- Parking lots for buses are not available

Various beautiful flowers in bloom mark the arrival of AUTUMN!

[Ikoma Highland / Cosmos] (Kirishima City): late September - late October


At an altitude of 490m, the Ikoma Highland is located on the gently sloping plains of the Kirishima mountain range. Over here, more than 18 types and a million stalks of cosmos flowers are spread across a large field of 16 square kilometers.

- Inquiries             : Hana-no-Chaya

- TEL                   : +81-984-27-1919

- Entrance fee       : 400 Yen (320 Yen for groups with over 15 people)


[Kinkowan Park / Cosmos and Rose] (Kagoshima City):

 late October - early November


About 50,000 stalks of cosmos grow over a 0.4 hectare flowerbed, and the fragrant scent of rose fills the rose garden. The view of the sapphire water of Kinko Bay from a nearby lookout point blends nicely with the red, pink and green of the flowerbeds.

- Enquiries           : Kagoshima-shi Koen Ryokka-ka

                            (Kagoshima City Park Greening Division)

- TEL                   : +81-99-216-1368

- Address             : Kinkowan Koen, Hirakawa-cho, Kagoshima

[Uwaba Highland / Cosmos] (Izumi City): Late September ~ Mid October


The 250,000 stalks of cosmos flowers in Uwaba highland is a sight to behold! Seeing the beautiful cosmos flowers in full bloom brings a refreshing feeling.

- Inquiries             : Norinsuisan-ka, Izumi City Hall

                             (Agriculture, Forestry and Marine Division)

- TEL                   : +81-996-63-2111

- Address             : Uwaba, Kamiokawauchi, Izumi City

[Kanoya Rose Garden] (Kanoya City): mid October - end December


About 3,000 types and 40,000 stalks of roses bloom in this 8 hectare garden. The beautiful, brightly colored roses come into full bloom in autumn. Visitors can also try their hand at flower-cutting at the greenhouse, where roses bloom all year.

- Inquiries             : Kanoya Rose Garden

- TEL                   : +81-994-40-2170

- Address             : 1250 Hamada-cho, Kanoya City

- Entrance fee       : 620 Yen (500 Yen for groups with over 20 people)

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"The Best Hot Spring Town in Kyushu for Foreign Tourists 2016" will be decided. 
You stand a chance to receive a prize for voting for the No.1 onsen town. Please cast your votes for the hot spring towns you like!


Voting Period: September 15th, 2016 to January 15th, 2017

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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. 


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.


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.


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



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

Kagoshima Fireworks Displays 2016 (over 5,000 fireworks)


[ 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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Enjoy Japanese Cuisine with Fresh Kagoshima Seafood!

Kagoshima Prefecture has 2,643 km of shoreline and many places from which fresh seafood can be accessed. 

Kinko Bay is located in the center of Kagoshima Prefecture and is famous for fish farming as the water is warm all year and its depths exceed 200m, making the bay the deepest enclosed bay in Japan.


■ Kagoshima Kanpachi Amberjack: No.1 Kanpachi Farming in Japan! 
Tarumizu City's kanpachi amberjack fish farms provide 60% of the nation's kanpachi.



Fish-feeding trips are available at the Tarumizu City fish farms. 


■ Kagoshima Buri Japanese Yellowtail: No.1 Buri Farming in Japan! 
In Japan, buri yellowtail is viewed as a fish of good fortune as it is a type of "Shusse" fish that is given different names as it grows larger, thus resembling the process of personal growth. 


■ Kagoshima Eel:  No.1 Eel Farming in Japan! 
Both "Kabayaki" broiled eel and the "Hitsumabushi" dish (broiled eel fillets with soy sauce) are prepared using unagi eel and are extremely popular among international visitors.


In the Tenmonkan shopping district in Kagoshima City, "Space Unagi" is sold at the Space  Information Center.  


■ Kagoshima Maguro Tuna: No. 1 Maguro Farming in Japan!
It is said that tuna is the most popular fish for sushi in Japan.


Maguro Tuna Ramen

Kibinago Silver-stripe Herring: An Original Kagoshima Product
On the plate served it is served on, kibinago silver-stripe herring is often placed in a style resembling a flower. Local people prefer to pair the dish with a blend of vinegar and miso sauce rather than soy sauce.


■ Kagoshima Bonito: No.1 Dried Bonito Production in Japan!
Katsuo-bushi bonito flakes are made from smoked skipjack tuna and is one of the most important ingredients for dashi stock used in Washoku Japanese cuisine.


The special flavor "umami" resulting from dashi stock attracts attention worldwide.

For more information on Japanese dashi stock, please click here >>


The registration of traditional Japanese cuisine as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage no doubt gives Kagoshima cuisine a distinct advantage for incorporating the fresh and rich flavors of Kagoshima seafood.


Sushi! Sashimi! Tempura! Enjoy Japanese cuisine with fresh Kagoshima seafood! 

* May 2, 2014
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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.


Kagoshima's three component sites: 

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




■ 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.


■ 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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Atsuhime Girls' Day Festival

In Japan, March 3rd is usually called Girls' Day or Hina Festival. 

It is a day to display Hina dolls and Hina decorations to wish for the healthy development of young girls.

The mascot character for Hina celebrations in Kagoshima is none other than Atsuhime, a princess from the Shimadzu samurai clan.


Kagoshima Prefecture organized "Atsuhime Girls' Day Festival" from 1 February until 31 March.

During the "Atsuhime Girls' Day Festival", various facilities around the prefecture will be decked out with beautiful Hina doll displays and springtime decorations. 



Many hotels, restaurants, and tourist facilities collaborate with this event to provide limited-time menus like Hina sweets and Hina-Gozen lunches to guests who come to see the doll displays. 

Special menu "Hanasaki-gozen" available at restaurant Oukatei in Sengan-en.

Special menu "Hina-gozen" available at restaurant Suiren of Hotel Shiroyama.

There will also be exclusive offers on the weekend.

Please refer to the link below for more information >> 

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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.


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



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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Ibusuki Sand Bath : SARAKU ( 砂楽 )

SARAKU located at sea side and has facilities with sunny open space that were designed to enhance the surrounding view.


[ Opening Hours ] *Open year Round
8:30 - 21:00 (closed between 12 noon to 1 p.m.for cleaning)
*admission until 30 minutes before closing

[ Price ]
1,080 yen ( General )
590 yen ( Child )

[ Access ]
20 min. walk from JR Ibusuki Station

[ Website ]
Sand Bath Hall "SARAKU" >>

* During high tide or rainy weather, you can also enjoy an all-weather sand bath located on the shore.

* October 6, 2015
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Kagoshima Airport

Kagoshima Airport has an international and a domestic terminal. The international terminal is served by four flight routes, operating between Kagoshima and South Korea, Shanghai, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.


The domestic airport is connected by daily direct flights to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and other large metropolitan cities, as well as the islands of Kagoshima including Yakushima Island, Tanegashima Island, Amami Oshima Island, Yoron Island, and so on.


Souvenir shops, restaurants, a convenience store, a post office and a money changer can be found within the domestic terminal.



Besides shopping and dining, there are other free-of-charge services available at the Kagoshima Airport.

Aviation Display Room "Sora Stage"
Flight simulator (subject to fee), life-sized engine parts, wing parts, etc. and other static displays (free entrance).

[ Opening Hours ] 06:30 - 21:15 HRS


◆ Natural Hot Spring Footbath "Oyattosaa"
The first free-of-charge natural hot spring footbath facility in a Japanese domestic airport.
Barrier-free access (equipped with slopes and railings)

[Opening Hours] 09:00 - 19:30 HRS


◆ Wi-Fi Service [ Kagoshima Airport Wi-Fi ] >>
Free internet Wi-Fi service is available (** limited to areas around the Wi-Fi hot spots)


The Airport Limousine Bus is a convenient way to travel between Kagoshima Airport and various regions around Kagoshima Prefecture >> 

* March 7, 2015
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Welcome Cute: A Convenient Transportation Pass in Kagoshima City

The Kagoshima City Transport Bureau "Welcome Cute Pass" allows unlimited travel for one single day. *2-day passes are also available.


The pass is valid on all Kagoshima City Transport Bureau city bus routes, tram lines, and ferry lines.


Before boarding a bus with the Welcome Cute Pass, please check that the bus is a City Bus* like these in the pictures provided below. *(The Welcome Cute Pass does not cover travel on private buses.)


The pass may be used for the sightseeing City View Buses which stop at main tourist spots in downtown Kagoshima.

The City View Bus is a great way to see Kagoshima City in an hour with English audio guide.

City View Bus *Three courses
1) Shiroyama-Iso Course  ~ Explore the history of Kagoshima ~
2) Waterfront Course  ~ Feel the charms of Kagoshima Bay ~
3) Night View Course  ~ Discover another side of Kagoshima at night ~ 
    *operates once a week on Saturday nights.

The Welcome Cute Pass also allows you to board the Sakurajima ferry, Yorimichi Cruise ship cruising in Kinko Bay, and the Sakurajima Island View sightseeing bus.


Enjoy downtown Kagoshima with a cheap and convenient pass!


Some facilities offer discounted entrance fee or a small gift with a valid Welcome Cute Pass.

Participating Facilities: 
Museum of the Meiji Restoration / Kagoshima City Museum of Modern Literature / Kagoshima 'Marchen' Fairy Tale Museum / Kagoshima City Museum of Art / Reimeikan Museum / Saigo-Nanshu Memorial Museum / Sengan-en Garden / Ijinkan (Foreign Engineers' Residence) / Kagoshima City Aquarium / Sakurajima Magma Onsen (Hot Spring) / Amu Plaza 'Amuran' Ferris Wheel

International tourists* may purchase a pass at the discounted price of 1,000 yen (Child: 500 yen) for 1-day passes, 1,500 yen (Child: 750 yen) for 2-day passes.
* Please show your passport upon purchase


The Welcome Cute Pass is available at the following facilities listed below.
Caution: there are only a few transaction counters issuing Welcome Cute passes. 

[ Kagoshima Chuo Station Area ] 
Kagoshima Chuo Station Tourism Information Center, Tourism Exchange Center (Kanko Kouryu Center), Museum of the Meiji Restoration

[ Tenmonkan Area ] 
Tenmachi Salon, Kagoshima Sightseeing Guide Station 

[ Others ] 
Ticket counter in Ferry Terminal of Kagoshima Port and Sakurajima Port

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Muslim Friendly: Restaurant and Shop List

▶ We will cook meals without pork if you request it.
▶ We can identify what is in each meal with labels.

Tel : +81-995-55-3231

▶ We will cook meals without pork if you request it.
▶ We can identify what is in each meal with labels.
▶ We will prepare places of worship if you request it.

Tel : +81-995-58-2535

▶ We will cook meals without pork if you request it.
▶ We can identify what is in each meal with labels.
▶ We will prepare places of worship if you request it.
▶ Feel free to inform us of your needs. We will do as much as we can to accommodate your requests.

Tel : +81-996-21-2110

▶ We will cook meals without pork if you request it.
▶ We can identify what is in each meal with labels.
▶ We will prepare places of worship if you request it.

Tel : +81-99-255-0381

▶ We will cook meals without pork if you request it.
▶ We will prepare places of worship if you request it.

Tel : +81-993-83-3211

▶ We will prepare halal meat if you request it when making your reservation.
▶ We will cook meals without pork if you request it.
▶ Feel free to inform us of your needs. We will do as much as we can to accommodate your requests.

Tel : +81-994-45-3288

▶ We will cook meals without pork if you request it.

Tel : +81-993-35-3333 

▶ You can purchase authentic halal chicken.
▶ You can purchase halal beef.

Tel : +81-993-83-2086

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* June 10, 2014
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Muslim Friendly: Airport and Accommodation List

▶ There is a permanent prayer room.

Tel : +81-995-58-2114

▶ We will cook meals without pork if you request it.
▶ We will label the ingredients in each meal if you request it.
▶ We have some rooms where kiblar shows.
▶ Feel free to inform us of your needs. We will do as much as we can to accommodate your requests.

Tel : +81-99-224-2211

▶We will cook meals without pork if you request it.

Tel : +81-99-253-2020

▶Feel free to inform us of your needs. We will do as much as we can to accommodate your requests.

Tel : +81-99-224-0606

▶We will cook meals without pork if you request it.

Tel : +81-996-32-4177

▶ We will cook meals without pork if you request it.
▶ We will label the ingredients in each meal if you request it.
▶ We will prepare places of worship if you request it.

Tel : +81-995-78-8888

▶We will cook meals without pork if you request it.

Tel : +81-997-47-3888

▶We will cook meals without pork if you request it.

Tel : +81-997-47-3488

▶ We will cook meals without pork if you request it.
▶ Feel free to inform us of your needs. We will do as much as we can to accommodate your requests.

Tel : +81-997-22-1555

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* June 10, 2014
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Shochu Tasting, Distillery Tour in Kagoshima

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

Imo-jochu sweet potato liquor and kokuto-jochu brown sugar liquor are Kagoshima specialties!

Shochu receives geographical indication protection by the WTO, similar to Scotch whisky, Cognac brandy and Bordeaux wine.


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.


The imo-jochu, made from satsuma-imo sweet potatoes (one of the special local products of Kagoshima), became popular throughout Japan during the shochu boom about 10 years ago.


The kokuto-jochu, distilled using brown sugar, is exclusively produced on the southern islands of Kagoshima. With a smooth and mild taste, it is popular among the ladies.

As the flavor of shochu varies according to the ingredients and yeast used, and the distillation method, even the same brewer can develop shochu with different tastes.


With 113 distilleries and over 2000 different brands, Kagoshima is known as the kingdom of shochu.

In the production of shochu there is no compromise. Each drop is made with devotion and we would love for you to come and see this for yourself.


Within 'A Guide to Shochu-kura in Kagoshima' is information on 64 shochu distilleries that conduct tours or have modest facilities set up for visitors.

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■ Representative brands of the local shochu distilleries.
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Free Wi-Fi: Kagoshima Airport

Kagoshima Airport provides free Wi-Fi at the International Terminal and a part of the Domestic Terminal.


【How to access free Wi-Fi】 

(1) Launch Settings on your device and make sure that your Wi-Fi is turned on.

(2) Select "Kagoshima-Airport_Wi-Fi" from the available wireless networks.

(3) Open the browser then tap "Access the internet here" (blue box).


(4) Tap "Register now"


(5) Review the "Terms of Service", and tap "I agree" .


(6) Enter your E-mail address, and tap "Confirm".


(7) Registration confirmation screen: Confirm the information entered, and tap "Register".

(8) Confirm the "Warning Security level, etc " and tap "I agree". 

(9) You are now connected to the Internet.

(10) Open your browser and upload your travel experiences and photos to social media right away! >>
* May 2014
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"Ashiyu" (Foot Bath) Tour in Kagoshima!

Visiting onsen (hot springs) is one of the most popular activities while travelling in Japan.

Kagoshima is famous for its abundant hot springs, and there are many hot spring ashiyu (foot baths) around the prefecture.


Enjoy the ashiyu by removing your shoes and socks, and soaking your bare feet in the foot bath.

The hot spring water warms your feet and improves blood circulation, helping to relax the body.


Relax your tired feet at the foot baths and enjoy your travels around Kagoshima!
Here are some note worthy points about foot baths:

1) There is a large variety of foot baths for you to try and compare.
It is easy and convenient as there is no need to undress, unlike the traditional onsen.


2) Regardless of gender, everyone can enjoy the foot bath together (note: most traditional hot springs are separate into male and female).
One can enjoy chatting with friends and family while relaxing their feet in the foot bath.


3) It is a good way to introduce foreign tourists to the comfort of the hot springs.
After experiencing the comfort of the foot baths, one might gradually develop an interest for the hot springs!




■ In front of Kirishima City's Tourist Information Center


■ Shiobitashi Hot Spring Ryoma park - Kirishima City


■ Dophin Port in Kagohima City


■ Sakurajima Yougan Park


■ In front of Ibusuki Station



■ Michinoeki (roadside station) Tarumizu


【Map of FREE foot baths in Kagoshima】

View map of footbaths in Kagoshima in a larger map
* April 4, 2014
Sakurajima hot spring digging tour >>

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Exchange money in Kagoshima

In Kagoshima, there was not so many places you can exchange or withdrew money from ATM.


However "Seven Eleven" which handles International Card opened in Kagoshima, now you can withdrew money most parts of Kagoshima.

The cards with the following marks are acceptable.

Japan Post Bank ATM allows you to withdraw money using International credit cards and cash cards.

For further information, please click here.

The cards with the following marks are acceptable.


Please find the exchange map of "Tenmonkan, the center of Kagoshima".

For further exchange information, please click here.

* August 7, 2013
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Satsuma's Local Cuisine

Satsuma's Local Cuisine

Kagoshima, blessed with rich nature, is said to be the treasure trove for safe and safe and healthy food ingredients.  Speaking of Kagoshima's local cuisine, one would definitely recommend dishes such as the Kibinago sashimi (raw fish), Tonkotsu (pork cartilage), Keihan (chicken rice) [pronounced as kay-han], and Satsuma-age (fried fish cake) [pronounced as sa-tsu-mah-ah-gay].  Born from the rich culture and history of Kagoshima, let us now take a look at the "Slow Food of Satsuma" (slow food means healthy food prepared using the normal food preparation methods, as opposed to unhealthy fast-food).

Kagoshima is a livestock producing region, and is famous for its [Kagoshima Black Berkshire Pork].  Soft and tender but highly flavorful, the Kagoshima Black Berkshire Pork is highly regarded throughout Japan.  

 Kagoshima is also known as the land of Shochu (Japanese distilled alcoholic beverage).  Shochu is most commonly distilled from barley, sweet potatoes, or rice, but sweet potato is most commonly used in Kagoshima. There are countless brands and varieties to be found here, including those of light flavour which barely have the taste of sweet potato, to those of thick and heavy flavour.  Please enjoy the traditional taste of Kagoshima.  

 First, let us take a look at the Kibinago shashimi (raw fish), which is usually consumed with the Su-Miso sauce. The Su-Miso sauce is made by adding vinegar (su) to fermented bean paste (miso).  The strong sour taste of the vinegar increases the cooling, refreshing feel reduces the fishy odour of the raw fish, and preps our appetite for the next dish.  

 Next, we hage the Kagoshima Black Berkshire Pork cartilage, which is essentially stewed pork.  Somehow similar to the famous Dongpo's Pork of Hangzhou, China, the Kagoshima version use pork with cartilage and stew the meat slowly over three days with sweet Miso, sugar and rice wine instead of the usual sweet-salty soy sauce.  Throughout the three days, the flame from the stove is not constantly on, but crefully controlled in accordance to the condition of the meat.  By doing so brings out the full flavour of the meat and softens the cartilage further.  After much time and effort spent on stewing the pork cartilage, the meat becomes soft and is easily separated from the cartilage with chopsticks, and even the cartilage itself is softened to the extent where it can be easily broken up with chopsticks too. With strong flavour well-infused into the meat, one can enjoy the sweet taste of this Kagoshima traditional cuisine.  

 Taking a short break from the heavy dishes, let us enjoy the "Ogojo Manjyu (Japanese bun)". Kagoshima is previously known as Satsuma, and speaking of Satsuma, one will link it to the Satsuma Imo (sweet potato), which is often synonymic to Kagoshima.  Made from Satsuma Imo, this bun is named after women, which are referred to as "Ogojo" in the local dialect.  Lightly fried Satsuma sweet potato filled with soft red bean paste and topped with sugar icing resembling hailstones, one would probably mistake this for a dessert cake.  However, once popped into the mouth, one would feel the light sweetness of the Satsuma sweet potato mixed with a sightly salty taste of the red bean paste.  This is definitely not the sweetness that is typical of desserts...a marvellous dish.  

 Another dish that is named after Satsuma would be the Satsuma-age.  Surimi (shaved fish meat) and flour is mixed to make a compact oval-shaped pasted that is fried until it becomes crispy and turns light brown.  The Satsuma-age usually has young bamboo shoot or carrot fillings.  The bamboo shoots and the shaved fish are white while the carrot gives the orange tone, and the exterior of the Satsuma-age is light brown.  When one bites into the freshly fried Satsuma-age, one can taste the sweetness of the shaved fish blended perfectly with oil.  Nevertheless, fish cakes are small and are not too oily.    

 Finally, we move on to the Roppaku Kurobuta Shabu-Shabu (Six Whites Black Berkshire Pork Hot Pot).  In order not to destroy the original flavour of the pork, it is best consumed by dipping in Ponzu (citrus-based sauce).  The name Roppaku (meaning Six Whites) comes from the colour of the Berkshire pig, which is fyully black with distinctive whites located on the wrists and the ankles the nose and the tail.  The meat, when dipped in hot water, does not produce much scum.  It does not have any meat odour, and the fatty areas are flavourful and sweet, which goes perfectly with the Ponzu citrus sauce.  The more we eat, the better our appetite becomes ~ that is the wonder of the Roppaku Kurobuta!

 Last but not least, we have the Keihan (chicken rice).  Although we would usually associate the Keihan with the Amami Oshima Island (as the latter is the place of origin), the broth of the Keihan that we will introduce today is actually made from the Ingi chicken of Minamitane Town of Tanegashima Island, So we are actually introducing the Tanegashima Keihan.  The way it is being eaten is similar to that of the Amami Keihan, where chicken broth is added to rice topped with

 chicken, omelette strips, muchrooms, ginger strips, shredded seaweeds and sesame seeds. The uniqueness of the Tanegashima Keihan lies in the Paitan (white coloured) soup, where the umami of the Ingi chicken mixes perfectly with the salt flavour of the soup, bringing out not only the salty taste but also a little sweetness. Of course, the traditional way to eat the Keihan is by topping the rice with all the ingredients (as mentioned above), but do also try the soup by itself!  Oh and of course, not forgetting the homemade pickles preserved using beer!

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Local Cuisine [Satsumaji]
6-29 Higashisengoku-cho, Kagoshima-shi 〒892-0842
TEL: 099-226-0525
FAX: 099-239-1139

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