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Fukiagehama Beach Sand and Flower Festa 2017

Golden Week is coming soon, and there is nowhere better to spend the holidays than at this big event in Kagoshima!

This is the biggest sand festival in the world held at Fukiagehama Beach, one of Japan's 3 biggest sand dunes.

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This festival will be held for only one month, from the 3rd to the 31st of May this year!

You will certainly be entertained with the many events and foods during the "Golden Stage" period (3rd to 7th May).

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There is the "Sound and Lights Fantasy" show in which all the sand sculptures will be lit up.

This artistic world at the beautiful beach is sure to amaze you!

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[ Period ] 
2016/05/03 - 2016/05/31 *Closed on 8th May

[ Main Venue ]
Sakyu-no-Mori Kinpo

## Golden Stage period
2016/05/03 - 2015/05/07  9:00 - 21:00
Fees: Adult 1,000 JPY; Junior high students and under 500 JPY

## Second Stage period
2016/05/09 - 2016/05/31  9:00 - 17:00
Fees: Adult 500 JPY; Junior high students and under 300 JPY

[ Official Website ] 

[ Access ] 
A direct service bus will run between Kagoshima Chuo Station and the main venue, from the 3rd to 7th May!


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

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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





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

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

Inquiries: Sengan-en +81-99-247-1551



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

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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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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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Senbon Icho "A Thousand Ginkgo Trees"

There are some plants that give you a sense of the four seasons, such as cherry blossoms in spring and hydrangea in summer.

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At the end of summer you will find Japanese maples, Japanese pampas grass and Ginkgo Biloba, which make you feel the approach of autumn.

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In past few years, the lined ginkgo biloba trees in Tarumizu City, Kagoshima has become known as a great tourist attraction for enjoying autumn.

These lined ginkgo biloba trees are called "Senbon Icho", as there are over 1,000 ginkgo trees on the 45 hectare large site.

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This is the private land of "Cyuuman Yoshiaki", who planted these gingko biloba trees with his wife for over 35 years.

After working for a company for 22 years, he went to the mountain to cultivate the land, and opened it to the public for free in 2008.

Please visit this vast lined gingko biloba trees and enjoy autumn!

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The best time to visit is at the beginning of December.

It is a private land, so please strictly observe the rules and etiquette when you are here.

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* October, 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】

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"Nejime Dragon Boat Festival" was held in Minamiosumi Town

The dragon boat festival is a contest in which teams row boats in the form of dragons and compete to be the fastest. 
Each team is made up of 10 people according to sex, with 8 rowers and 2 people to take charge of guiding and drumming. There are eight courses prepared in the 380-meter length.

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It is not only a competition, but you can also enjoy seeing the boats glide down the river to the rhythm of drums.  

This year also, a dragon boat team from Hong Kong is planning to participate, and it will be their 22nd participation.

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On the day of the event, a market will also be held in the neighborhood selling specialty products.  

Date:       Sunday, 23rd October 2016

Address:  Minamiosumi-cho, Kimotsuki District, Kagoshima. Nejime-Ogawa River

Access:    40 min from Kanoya City by car (Route 269)


Contact: Minamiosumi Town Society of Commerce and Industry
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Tour de MINAMI SATSUMA ~Go cycling through the city of MINAMI SATSUMA~

The road rave cycling competition will be held on September 22nd, 2016.

Do you like to run down the fantastic seaside road?

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* July, 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

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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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Special menu "Hanasaki-gozen" available at restaurant Oukatei in Sengan-en.
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Special menu "Hina-gozen" available at restaurant Suiren of Hotel Shiroyama.
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There will also be exclusive offers on the weekend.

Please refer to the link below for more information >> 

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