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Information on Mt. Kirishima (Mt. Shinmoe) (as of 3.28.2018)

Mt. Shinmoe
○Volcano alert level3,Do not approach the volcano
○No-entry zone:3km
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Tourist information
○Hiking trail restrictions
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Lodging facilities and tourism-related facilities located outside the restriction zones are open as usual.
Please continue to pay attention to information published on this website and other sources, and enjoy sightseeing in Kagoshima. 
We look forward to your visit.

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Information on Mt. Kirishima (Ohachi Crater ・Mt. Shinmoe) (as of 3.17.2018)

Ohachi Crater
○ Volcano alert level1,Potential for increased activity
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Mt. Shinmoe
○ Volcano alert level3,Do not approach the volcano
○ No-entry zone:3km
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Tourist information
○ Hiking trail restrictions
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○ Tourist facilities being closed for the time being.
   ・Takachihogawara Visitor Center, Takachihogawara Park Service Center


Lodging facilities and tourism-related facilities located outside the restriction zones are open as usual.

Please continue to pay attention to information published on this website and other sources, and enjoy sightseeing in Kagoshima. 

We look forward to your visit.

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Information regarding Mt. Kirishima (Mt. Shinmoe), as of March 1, 2018

An eruption is still ongoing at Mt. Shinmoe in the Kirishima mountain range, and the volcano alert level is maintained at level 3, do not approach the volcano. 

The Japan Meteorological Agency has announced at 4:40 pm on March 1st that the off limits area is expanded to within 3km from the Mt. Shinmoe crater.

Beware of large flying rocks and pyroclastic flows caused by eruptions covering areas within 3 km of the Mt. Shinmoe crater, and pay close attention to changes in volcanic activity by following TV or radio broadcast.

◇ Major locations and their straight-line distances from Mt. Shinmoe
   ・Shinyu Branch Point 
     (junction of Prefectural Road Routes 1 and 104) approx. 3.4 km
   ・Kirishima Onsen Market                                             approx. 5.9 km
   ・Kirishima Grand Shrine                                              approx. 5.8 km
   ・Kirishima City Visitor Center         approx. 6.5 km
   ・Kagoshima Airport                                                      approx. 19.9 km
   ・Kirishima City Hall                                                      approx. 22.1 km

● Tourist facilities affected by restrictions
   ・Lodging facilities Miyamaso and Shinmoeso

● Tourist facilities being closed for the time being.
   ・Takachihogawara Visitor Center, Takachihogawara Park Service Center

* Other lodging and tourism-related facilities in Kirishima City, and Hotel Ebino Kogenso in Ebino City lie beyond the 3 km no-entry zone and operate as usual, so please continue to check this site for up to date information and enjoy sightseeing in Kagoshima Prefecture.
We are looking forward to your visit.


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Information regarding Mt. Kirishima (Mt. Iwoyama), as of February 20, 2018

Volcanic activity is increasing at Mt. Iwoyama in the Mt. Kirishima area, and due to the potential for a small scale eruption the Volcano Alert Level has been raised from Level 1 (warning, active volcano), to Level 2 (crater area restriction).

Currently there are no restrictions on trails on the Kagoshima Prefecture side of the mountain, and tourism facilities are in operation as usual, so please continue to check this site for up to date information and enjoy sightseeing in Kagoshima Prefecture.

 We are looking forward to your visit.

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Information on Mt. Kirishima (Ohachi Crater) (as of Feb. 9, 2018)


Feb. 9, 2018
[ Notice ]

The volcano alert level for Ohachi Crater in the Mt. Kirishima area has been raised, and a no-entry zone is imposed on the volcano.

However, lodging facilities and tourism-related facilities located outside the restriction zone are open as usual.

Please continue to pay attention to information published on this website and other sources, and enjoy sightseeing in Kagoshima. We look forward to your visit.

◇ Hiking trail restrictions
     Between Takachiho-gawara and Mt.Takachiho

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Information on Mt. Kirishima (Mt. Shinmoe) (as of Oct. 31, 2017)

The volcano alert level for Mt. Shinmoe on the Kirishima mountain range remains at Level 3 (do not approach the volcano), but the no-entry zone is reduced from 3 kilometer to a 2 kilometer radius from the crater of Mt. Shinmoe. 

Also, the volcano alert level for Ebino Highland (Mt. Iwoyama) has been reduced from Level 2 to Level 1 (potential for increased activity).

Lodging facilities and tourism-related facilities located outside the restriction zones are open as usual, with the exception of some that are in the midst of reopening.

Please continue to pay attention to information published on this website and other sources, and enjoy sightseeing in Kagoshima. 

We look forward to your visit.

◇ Major points and their straight-line distances from Mt. Shinmoe
・Shinyu Branch Point 
(junction of Prefectural Road Routes 1 and 104) approx. 3.4 km
・Kirishima Onsen Market approx. 5.9 km
・Kirishima Grand Shrine approx. 5.8 km
・Kirishima City Visitor Center approx. 6.5 km
・Kagoshima Airport approx. 19.9 km
・Kirishima City Hall approx. 22.1 km
 
◇ Hiking trail restrictions
・Between Takachiho-gawara, Mt. Nakadake and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Yunono Trail Entrance and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Mt. Karakuni, Mt. Shishiko and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Mt. Ohata and Mt. Shishiko

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Information on Mt. Kirishima (Mt. Shinmoe) (as of Oct. 17, 2017)

The volcano alert level for Mt. Shinmoe on the Kirishima mountain range has been raised to Level 3 in recent days, and a no-entry zone is imposed on the volcano. 
However, lodging facilities and tourism-related facilities located outside the restriction zone are open as usual.

Please continue to pay attention to information published on this website and other sources, and enjoy sightseeing in Kagoshima. 

We look forward to your visit.

◇ Major points and their straight-line distances from Mt. Shinmoe
・Shinyu Branch Point 
(junction of Prefectural Road Routes 1 and 104) ---- approx. 3.4 km
・Kirishima Onsen Market ---- approx. 5.9 km
・Kirishima Grand Shrine ---- approx. 5.8 km
・Kirishima City Visitor Center ---- approx. 6.5 km
・Kagoshima Airport ---- approx. 19.9 km
・Kirishima City Hall ---- approx. 22.1 km
 
◇ Road restrictions
A part of Prefectural Road Route 104 (Kirishima Koen Kobayashi Route) (between Shinyu Sansa Road and Takachiho-gawara)

◇ Hiking trail restrictions
・Between Kensakai Trail Entrance, Onami Pond and Mt. Karakuni
・Between Onami Pond Trail Entrance, Onami Pond and Mt. Karakuni
・Between Takachiho-gawara Visitor Center and Mt. Nakadake Nature Trail
・Between Takachiho-gawara, Mt. Nakadake and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Yunono Trail Entrance and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Shinyu Trail Entrance and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Mt. Karakuni, Mt. Shishiko and Mt. Shinmoe
・Between Mt. Ohata and Mt. Shishiko
*There are currently no restrictions on hiking on Mt. Takachiho.

◇ Tourist facilities affected by restrictions
●Lodging facilities Miyamaso and Shinmoeso

*Other lodging and tourism-related facilities in Kirishima City, and Hotel Ebino Kogenso in Ebino City lie beyond the 3 km no-entry zone and operate as usual.

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Cherry Blossom Viewing (areas excluding Kagoshima City)

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

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

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

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【 Chiran Peace Park (Heiwa Park) 】 / Minamikyushu City
Scale: approx. 850 trees
Normal blooming season: late March - early April

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Access: Board the bus for Chiran from Yamakataya bus terminal in Kagoshima City (approx. 1.5 hour). Approximately 5 minutes on foot from Tokko-kannon-iriguchi bus stop. 

Inquiries: Minamikyushu Chiran Culture Center (Bunka Kaikan) +81-993-83-2111




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【 Mt. Uomi 】 / Ibusuki City
Scale: approx. 1,000 trees
Normal blooming season: late March - early April

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One can look out over Ibusuki City below, spy Chiringashima Island and Mt. Sakurajima floating on Kinko Bay, and even catch a glimpse of Osumi Peninsula from the peak of Mt. Uomi. 

Access: approx. 20 minutes by car from JR Ibusuki Station to the summit

Inquiries: Ibusuki City Hall Tourism Division +81-993-22-2111




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【 Maruoka Park 】 / Kirishima City
Scale: approx. 6,000 trees
Normal blooming season: late March - early April

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During peak season, many visitors come from within and beyond the prefecture to picnic here and enjoy the view.

Access: about 10 minutes by car from Osumiyokogawa Station on the JR Hisatsu Line

Inquiries: Maruoka Sakuraen +81-995-72-1362




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【 Kirishima Shrine 】 / Kirishima City
Scale: approx. 200 trees
Normal blooming season: late March - early April

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Access: about 10 minutes by bus from Kirishima-Jingu Station on the JR Nippo Line

Inquiries : Kirishima Shrine +81-995-57-0001




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【 Tadamoto Park 】 / Isa City
Scale: approx. 1,000 trees
Normal blooming season: late March - early April

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At Tadamoto Park, once selected as one of Japan's top 100 sakura-viewing locations, you can enjoy the various faces of cherry blossoms in the day time and night time. 

Access: about 90 minutes by car from Kagoshima City; about 30 minutes from Shibushi City; about 40 minutes from Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture

Inquiries: Isa City Hall Regional Promotion Division +81-995-23-1311




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【 Michi no Eki Osumi Yagoro Densetsu no Sato 】 / Soo City
Scale: approx. 1,200 trees
Normal blooming season: late March - early April

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Within the grounds are a souvenir shop, the "Yagoro Pavilion" kurobuta pork restaurant, a giant Yagorodon statue standing 15 meters tall and weighing in at 39 tons, a playground, and a grassy open area. Each year a Sakura Matsuri is held to celebrate the colorful flowers as they reach full bloom.

Access: about 90 minutes by car from Kagoshima City; about 30 minutes from Shibushi City;  about 40 minutes from Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki Prefecture

Inquiries: Soo Municipal Council of Social Welfare Osumi Branch Office +81-99-482-0080


* February 20, 2014
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Power Spot Kagoshima: Kirishima Shrine


"power spot" is a place which gives energy to rejuvenate our hearts and bodies, and is very popular among women these days. There are several leading "power spots" in Kagoshima so let us check out some of them!

 

【 Kirishima Shrine 

The Very First Honeymoon Destination in Japan

  Ryoma and Oryo

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Speaking of the power spots of Kagoshima, one would first think of Kirishima Shrine. With Mount Takachiho behind it, the Kirishima Shrine worships Niniginomikoto, grandchild of the goddess Amaterasu, and it was written about in the ancient legend of Tenson Kourin (Descent of the Heavenly Grandchild). Built in the 6th century, this shrine has a very long history. The shrine has great beauty and dignity, and a mysterious atmosphere that awes all its visitors.

Walking down the pilgrimage path covered in lush greenery and ancient cedar trees, the sophisticated vermilion structure of the shrine appears before you. Just by being there, one can feel his/her heart being cleansed.

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Autumn in Kagoshima

Recommended Spot No. 1 [A Thousand Ginkgo Trees] (Tarumizu City)
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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: https://www.city.tarumizu.lg.jp/kanko/koi/miryoku/meisho/senbon.html

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


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

http://www.kagoshima-kankou.com/guide/10113/

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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)

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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

http://www.kagoshima-kankou.com/guide/10138/



Various beautiful flowers in bloom mark the arrival of AUTUMN!


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

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http://www.ikomakougen.com/

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

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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

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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

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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)


Kirishima Jingu Station

Kirishima Jingu Station is on the JR Kyushu Nippo Main Line and provides good access to Kirishima Shrine.

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The appearance of this station is very attractive and lets us feel as if we are already at the shrine.

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You can take buses to Kirishima Shrine at the bus stop just in front of the station from around 7 in the morning to around 6 in the evening.

Bus service runs about once every hour.

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These buses also stop at Maruo station, which provides access to Kagoshima Airport.

As there are few public transport services in Kirishima, do enjoy your waiting time with the foot bath (natural hot spring).

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[ Access ]
■ Train: 80 min. by JR Kyushu Nippo Main Line from Kagoshima Chuo Station

[ Timetable ] * only in Japanese
 >> From Kagoshima Chuo Station

 >> From Kirishima Jingu Station


■ Bus (bound for Kirishima Jingu bus stop)

[ Route Map ] only in Japanese

[ Timetable ] * only in Japanese

** The above information is extracted from the brochure published 16th March 2014

* September, 2016
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The 11th Tenson Korin Kirishima Festival

The 11th Tenson-Korin-Kirishima Festival

It is a local traditional performing art event which consists of 2 main festivals, "Minami Kyushu Kagura Festival" and "Kirishima Kogen Taiko Festival" in Kirishima Shrine and Miyama Concert Hall respectively.  

Interpretation services in English, Korean and Chinese, and brochures in these 3 languages are available on the day.

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The 19th Minami Kyushu Kagura Festival
Date: August 20, 2016 (Sat)
Time: from 17:00
Place: Kirishima Shrine
Entrance Fee: 500 yen


The 31th Kirishima Kogen Taiko Festival
Date: August 21, 2016 (Sun)
Time: from 17:30
Place: Miyama Concert Hall
Entrance Fee: 1,000 yen


Contact Information: 0995-78-2115 (Kirishima City Tourism Association)

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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■ Hot Springs in Kagoshima Prefecture >> 


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Ebino Eco Museum Center

The Ebino Eco Museum Center is an environmental learning facility located in the Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park.

There are videos and static displays on the nature of Kirishima, and the center is staffed all year round.


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It is also the starting/entry point to hiking trails around the Kirishima mountain range, with trails leading to Ebino Kogen Highland (at an altitude of 1,200m), Mount Karakuni, and various crater lakes.

[ Opening Hours ] 09:00 - 17:00 HRS

[ Closed ] Opens all year round

[ Getting There ] Nearby "Ebino-kogen" bus stop (Bus terminates at Maruo Onsen)

[ Parking Space ] 200 lots available (** subject to fee)

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* July 13, 2015
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Kirishima Onsen Market

The Kirishima Onsen Market is a business facility lining the Maruo Onsen hot spring hotel.

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Right in front of the local bus stop - also accessible by the Airport Shuttle bus or a similar bus - is a Tourist Information Center joint establishment. 

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There are a collection of restaurants and shops carrying specialty products, processed goods, etc.  

Also, popular amongst visitors are eggs and hot spring manju buns steamed by the onsen hot spring steam. 

Within the shopping plaza, there is a footbath which makes for a perfect break from traveling. 

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[ Opening Hours ] 
8:00-19:00 ( *Differs from shop hours )

[ Closed ]
None ( *Differs from shop hours )

[ Address ]
3878-114, Makizono-cho, Takachiho, Kirishima-shi

* March 27, 2015
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Hayato no Kaze Express

Operating between Kagoshima City (Kagoshima Chuo Station) and Yusui Town (Yoshimatsu Station) through the mountains of Kirishima, the jet black train with its gold embellishments exudes classic beauty. 

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The wooden interior gives warmth and a retro feel, ferrying passengers through lush greenery to the rich hot springs of Kirishima, home of the legend of the founding of Japan

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For more details, please follow the link below

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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.

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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.

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

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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

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◆ 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

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

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

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Kirishima Grand Shrine

Kirishima is referred to as "the land where gods once descended", and the Kirishima Grand Shrine is a prestigious shrine enshrining these deities. 

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Kirishima Grand Shrine is designated as a nationally significant cultural property, and many throughout the nation and from overseas make their way to visit the grand shrine.  

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Also, when visitors pass the path wrapped in deep green, visitors can see on their right a sacred tree said to be the ancestor of all pine trees throughout southern Kyushu.  

It is said the pine tree of 35 meters is 800 years old and exhibits a powerful watch over the precincts. 

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At large, it is said Kirishima Grand Shrine is a famous "power spot" showing divine favor in granting "family safety" and "career prosperity". 

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Would you like to visit Kirishima Grand Shrine and experience the extensive sacred atmosphere in Kirishima?

You will surely wish to return for multiple visits to the shrine, not simply settling for one visit.

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According to experts, Kirishima has demonstrated enhanced relaxation effects and has been designated as a "forest therapy base". 

[ Getting There ]
- From Kagoshima Chuo Station
   JR train (80 min.) + Local scheduled bus (10 min.)
   Kagoshima Chuo Station ⇒ JR Nippo Main Line "Kirishima Jingu Station" ⇒ Get off at "Kirishima Jingu" bus stop (Kirishima Iwasaki Hotel-bound) 

- From Kagoshima Airport
   Airport Shuttle bus (35 min.) + Local scheduled bus (10 min.) 
   From Kagoshima Airport ⇒ Change at "Maruo" bus stop (Kirishima-bound) ⇒ Get off at "Kirishima-Jingu" bus stop (Kokubu-bound) 

[ Parking ] 300 parking spaces

[ Website ] Kirishima Grand Shrine >>

* February 13, 2015
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Kirishima Open-Air Museum

The Kirishima Open-Air Museum is a modern art museum surrounded by the rich nature of Kirishima.

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Not only are there exhibitions held within the museum but there is also a great variety of outdoor exhibits, making good use of the extensive grounds.  

Outside, the 13 hectares area (roughly 32 acres) is dotted with about 22 works of art. 

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The works displayed outdoors are all original pieces made by domestic and international artists who actually visited this site.

Visitors may touch or even sit on the pieces and appreciate the art intimately while walking along a 2 km garden trail.   

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Come enjoy the magnificent artwork enveloped in Kirishima's nature with all five senses. 

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[ Opening Hours ]
9:00-17:00 (admission ends at 16:30) *Hours are extended during summer

[ Closed ]
Every Monday, the following day after a National Holiday, New Year's holidays (29 December - 2 January)

[ Admission Fee ]
General Fee: 310 yen; University and high school students: 200 yen; 
Middle school and elementary school students: 150 yen; Children and infants: free

[ Getting There ]
From Kagoshima Chuo Station : 
JR Limited Express Hayato no Kaze (80 min.) + Local scheduled bus (20 min.)
Train Route: Kagoshima Chuo Station ⇒ JR Hisatsu Line Kurino Station ⇒ Yusui Town Furusato Bus - "Kirishima Art Forest" bus stop.  

From Kagoshima Airport : 
Airport Bus (30 min.) + Local scheduled bus (20 min.)
Airport Route: Kagoshima Airport ⇒ Nangoku Kotsu bus (Okuchi/Minamita-bound) - "Ikiiki-center-kurino-sato" (Ikiiki Countryside Center) bus stop  ⇒ Yusui Town Furusato Bus - "Kirishima-art-no-mori" (Kirishima Open-Air Museum) bus stop.  

[ Website ] 
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* November 8, 2014
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Visit Wooden Train Stations and Time-slip to a Century Ago

The Hisatsu line began its operation between Kagoshima and Yoshimatsu in 1903 along with the opening of both Kareigawa and Osumi-Yokogawa stations.

Both stations have been here since 1903, observing journeys for over 100 years.

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In 1908 the hardest part, between Hitoyoshi and Yoshimatsu, was opened using a loop and switchback system.

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This completed the vertical vein of Kyushu connecting Kumamoto and Kagoshima, thus connecting Kagoshima and Aomori in northern Japan by the Japan longitudinal railway.

Now, the special tourist express train "Hayato no kaze" stops at these stations.

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■ Osumi-Yokogawa Station *Registered National Tangible Cultural Property

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Opened in 1903, this is one of the oldest wooden station buildings in the prefecture, along with Kareigawa Station.

The scars of bombing from World War Two are still visible on the platform pillars.





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■ Kareigawa Station *Registered National Tangible Cultural Property

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One of the oldest wooden station buildings in the prefecture. The wooden building attracts many visitors.

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* May 14, 2014
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Kurozu : black vinegar

In Japan Kurozu is experiencing a boom thanks to its health food properties. 

Kurozu is Black vinegar produced from unpolished rice that uses the tsubo-dzukuri (jar-making) method in Fukuyama Town, where they enjoy long hours of daylight.

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Normally, vinegar is produced in temperature and humidity controlled factories, but Fukuyama Kurozu is produced outdoors in rows of jars that take advantage of the natural environment. In this way ideal climates can yield many "oishi!" ("delicious!") products.

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Sun, moon, wind, rain, snow...in the midst of such varied natural weather conditions, only the attention of a superior master brewer makes production of Kurozu possible.

This natural production method passed down for over 200 years in Fukuyama Town is said to be unique throughout the world. 

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You will see the difference between the authentic Kurozu produced by the tsubo-dzukuri (jar-making) method in Fukuyama Town from other imitation products.

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Kurozu can be enjoyed in many culinary uses.

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【Sakamoto Kurozu, Inc.】
Kurozu Farm Cafe and Market : https://www.facebook.com/kurozufarm

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【Kakuida】
TEL:  099-218-8345
FAX:  099-220-8546

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【Fukuyama Town, Kirishima City】


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* January 24, 2014
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Kirishima Trekking route : Mt. Karakunidake - Onami Pond

There are several trails for Mt. Karakunidake, the highest peak in the Kirishima Range.

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One of these trails is an interesting route that goes near the crater lake Onami Pond, which is the highest elevation of its type in Japan.

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From Mt. Karakunidake, one can see the Mt. Nakadake and Mt. Shinmoedake, weather permitting.

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Mt. Shinmoedake had been dormant for roughly 300 years, until it erupted violently on the 26th of January, 2011.

Due to volcanic activity, it is currently off limits. 

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Patches of Kyushu Azalea and Mitsuba-tsutsuji bushes are now in danger because of the eruption.

Hopefully someday when the situation settles down, the route to Mt. Shinmoedake and Mt. Nakadake will be open to the public again.


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【Access】
■ From Kagoshima City
 [JR]    Kagoshima Chuo Station
                    ⇓ JR express train
 [JR]    Kirishima Jingu Station
 [BUS] Kirishima Jingu bus stop
                    ⇓ Iwasaki Bus (to Kirishima Iwasaki Hotel)
 [BUS] Maruo Bus stop (change buses)
                    ⇓ Maruo Bus
 [BUS] Ebino Kogen
            [ Trekking ]
 [BUS] Ebino Kogen
                    ⇓ Maruo Bus
 [BUS] Maruo Bus stop (change buses)
                    ⇓ Iwasaki Bus (to Kokubu sta.)
 [BUS] Kirishima Jingu bus stop
 [JR]    Kirishima Jingu Station
                    ⇓ by JR express train
 [JR]    Kagoshima Chuo Station

* January 16, 2014
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