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Dolphin Waterway

There is the Dolphin Waterway maintained of 275m in total length, a part of ocean, in front of the aquarium. 

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

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This area is divided into 3 parts; North area , Central area, and South area, by roads and footbridge.

The South area is within few mins walk from the commercial complex "Dolphin Port".

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We can see their performance at the waterway 3times in a day for 10mins

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※ Events are subject to change or cancel under the conditions of dolphins and sea

Why not stop by at this free zone during a leisurely stroll


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

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

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Io World Kagoshima City Aquarium

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

Kagoshima City Tram: 8 mins walk from Suizokukanguchi stop from the platform, take Line 2 bound for Kagoshimaekimae 

Kagoshima City Bus: Get off the Kagoshimasuizokukanmae stop, take Line16-2,25,26 at the bus stop East4~6 fo Kagoshima chuo Station

* June, 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. 

* Reservation required for a group of more than 10 people. cost: 3,000 yen per person.

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* September 9, 2015
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Yakusugi Land

Yakusugi Land is a cedar tree paradise where visitors may observe the ecology of the trees including the fallen trees, the newly reborn trees, the epiphytes which grow on these trees, etc.

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The mountain-walking course is a relatively flat trail reaching an elevation of 1,000m and is recommended to beginner hikers. 

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There is a wide range of trails visitors may access ranging from 30 - 150 minutes long, depending on interest and stamina. 

① 30 - 50 min. Trail: Easy - Wooden path

② 80 - 150 min. Trail: Difficult - Steep mountain path

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[ Getting There ]
Local scheduled bus runs twice a day *Not in operation between December - Feburary

[ Parking ]
40 Parking spots

* July 24, 2015
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Hirakawa Zoological Park

Hirakawa Zoo was opened on the 14th October 1972, and is a zoo with abundant greenery spanning a total area of 31.4 hectares. 

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There are over 1000 animals of 140 species being raised in the zoo. One of most prominent koala-raising zoos in Japan, it is also home to popular animals such as the Indian elephant, polar bear and red panda, and boasts a 1,900m2 flying cage which houses 15 breeds of colourful, beautiful, free-flying birds.

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Other highlights include the Children's Zoo, where one can touch rabbits and other animals, and playground with a 40m high Ferris wheel, spinning tower and Go-carts. 

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This is a zoo within nature to "have fun learning, have fun playing".

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[ Opening Times ]
● 9:00~17:00
Last entry at 16:30
Some animals may not be viewable after 16:00

[ Closed ]
● 12/29~1/1

[ Entrance fees ]
General (high school and above) : ¥500
Students (elementary/middle) : ¥100

[ Access via public transport ]
Please see separate public transport access map >>

◆ JR
Kagoshima Chuo Station → Goino Station(25mins on the Ibusuki-Makurazaki Line)
Goino Station → Hirakawa Zoo (20mins walk)

◆ Bus
Kagoshima Kotsu No. 2: every 20 mins, journey 60 mins
Kagoshima Station (Aquarium)→Tenmonkan→Takamibaba→Korimoto→Taniyama Station →Goino Station→Hirakawa Zoo

* May 26, 2015
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Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen (Hirauchi Underwater Hot Springs)

Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen is mysterious in that the natural bathtub appears only at low tide(twice a day 2hours each) .

One can be feeel that you are part of nature while you see wave from there.

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* Mixed bathing
* It not allow swim suits

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[ Time of Low tide ]
Japan Meteorological Agency >>


[ Access ]
5min walk from "Hirouchi-kaichu onsen" bus stop *Please keep in mind there are only few buses are working.

 
[ Park ]
4cars

* October 20, 2014
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Shiratani Unsuikyou Ravine

The Shiratani Unsuikyou Ravine spans 424 hectares across the forest and is around 600 - 1,300m above sea level. 

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The forest is covered in green, unique ground plants like ferns and mosses, and visiting allows for travelers to experience and savor the superb world where Yakusugi cedar trees and laurel forests grow together.  

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Within the Shiratani Unsuikyou Ravine are three maintained courses -each with differing required course time, and the most popular of the courses being the "Taikoiwa Rock Course" which requires approximatly four hours of hiking time.

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Weather permitting, the Taikoiwa Rock is a great place for visitors to have a view of the surrounding massive granite rocks and enjoy a breathtaking overview of the Yakushima Island's forests.

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Also, slightly nearby to the Taikoiwa Rock is the "moss-covered forest" (kokemusu-mori) where director Hayao Miyazaki visited several times for inspiration for Studio Ghibli film, "Princess Mononoke" (Mononoke Hime). 

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Further, it is said that in order to accurately portray the forest's natural deep green shade in the film, staff had to incorporate at least 200 different shades of green.

Visit and experience firsthand how "green" Shiratani Unsuikyou Ravine truly is! 

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[ Open Season ]
Open all year *Closed during the winter season due to snow


[ Fee (By donation) ]
¥300 - High school student or older


[ Access ]
Shiratani Unsuikyou Bus stop


[ Parking ]
40 parking spots


[ Website ]
Shiratani Unsuikyou Ravine >>
*Japanese Only

* September 24, 2014
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The only place in the world! Natural Steam Sand Baths

Kagoshima is the only place in the world where you can experience a "natural" steam sand bath.

Having a history dating back at least 300 years, the natural conditions of the steam sand baths have long been used to treat various illnesses.

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Furthermore, according to the research of Kagoshima University professors, the effects of the sand baths are 3-4 times greater than those of an ordinary hot spring bath.


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It's been said that the sand baths have great effects on the skin, joints, and heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and body weight.

Try the sand baths and re-energize your body for more traveling!


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Sand Bath has the following positive benefits...

1) Lying down in the Sand Bath allows the blood to return more easily to the heart.

2) The amount of blood from the heart greatly increases due to pressure created by the weight of the sand.

3) The heat from the sand allows the blood vessels to expand, resulting in greater blood circulation.



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It has effects on skin, joints, heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and body weight.

1) Increased heat rate
2) Improved circulation
3) Excretion of waster products
4) Excretion of inflammatory and algesic material

This photo below, shows blood "Before" and "After" Sand Bath. In ten minutes the black blood has changed to bright red one.  

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Ibusuki is known for its steam sand baths, can be enjoyed at a number of hotels in Ibusuki area.

"SARAKU (砂楽) " within 15 minutes on foot is recommended for day-trippers >>

"SAYURI (砂湯里)" best spot to see Mt. Kaimondake over the East China Sea >>

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Chirin Island (Chiringashima)

Chirin Island (Chiringashima) is an uninhabited island in Kinko Bay roughly 3km around and 90m high.

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Known as "the island of mystery" since ancient times, it is connected to the mainland by sand bar when the spring tide is at low tide. 

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The sandbar appears for one to four hours a day(depends on the weather) only during October from March.

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It takes about 800m at low tide enabling you to walk across to the island in about 20 minutes. 

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This island is also known as a matchmaking spot for couples because the sandbar is reminiscent of a bridge or bond.

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Be sure to visit to Chirin Island and be a happier couple!

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* April 17, 2014

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A Tour of Japanese Dashi Stock: The "Taste" of Japan is the Taste of Dashi

As of December 2013, "Washoku" (Japanese Cuisine) was added as a UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage.

From cookware and tableware to dietary habits, the Japanese food culture has been attracting worldwide attention. 

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It goes without saying that "taste" outlines a food culture and is one of the best ways to enjoy and familiarize oneself with a foreign culture. 

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Flavored dashi stock is said to be among the most basic of elements constituting the taste of Japanese dishes in addition to salt, shoyu soy sauce, and miso paste.

Dashi stock has been called "The Fastest Soup in the World", taking little effort and little time to enjoy a rich flavor.

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It is made from natural ingredients like a dried bonito and kombu seaweed and receives great praise for its health benefits.

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Makurazaki City offers "A tour of the Special Flavored Dashi Stock of Makurazaki" wtihin a main production area of dried bonito for the dashi stock.

The tour includes a tour of a dried bonito factory, a class on how to obtain the delicious dashi stock, and a lunch incorporating the dashi stock.

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■ Tour of a Dried Bonito Factory
Processing dried bonito by hand.

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■ Explanation of the Differences of Dried Bonito
Explaination on the differences in dried bonito and how they are used towards various flavors.

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■ Experience Shaping a Dried Bonito
Demonstration on how to avoid losing the natural fragrance and taste when shaping a dried bonito.

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■ How to Obtain Dashi Stock
The secret techniques for cooking delicious flavored stock at home.

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■Dashi Stock Tasting
Among the four most basic of falvors (acidity, sweetness, saltiness, bitterness), dashi stock is known to be the fifth. 

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■ Cooking "FUNADO-MESHI" - A Fisherman's Meal
"Makurazaki-Funadomeshi" is enjoyed as a chazuke dish with dashi broth poured over chopped and sliced dried bonito served over Makurazaki green tea-steamed rice, and a bonito rice cracker.

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■ Enjoy "FUNADO-MESHI"
"Makurazaki Funado-Meshi" became famous after winning first place in the "Gourmet Grandprix" (competition of local favorites) for two years.

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** The tour itinerary may be customised, depending on the request and available scheduling times.

Capacity : 10-40 visitors (maximum)
*For groups exceeding 40 visitors, please contact Satsuma Seafood KATSU ICHI. 

Reservations : Reservations are required 7 days in advance

Contact : SATSUMA KAISEN KATSU ICHI. >>
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* March 24, 2014

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Farm Stay Experience in Isa City

Located in the north of Kagoshima prefecture, the Isa basin experiences a large annual temperature gap and is thus famous for its delicious rice.

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Mr. Yamanokuchi, local farm owner and representative of the "Inaka-no-Ohyakusho-san", grows rice and many types of vegetables. His farm also offers farm stay experience.

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Once we got to the field, we had a quick lesson on harvesting techniques and recognising the correct sized vegetables (ready for harvesting) before getting started.

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The contents of the farm experience varies according to season. When we visited the farm (in late October), we harvested "Jumbo Ingen (Beans)" and "Kinzan Negi (Leek)".

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Harvesting the crops which were painstakingly cultivated by the farmer was definitely a great experience!

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Lunch prepared using the freshly harvested vegetables is also available (* 1,000 yen / advance reservation required).

The sumptuous lunch we had today consisted of Onigiri rice balls made using the famous Isa rice, Satsumajiru vegetable and chicken stew, Jumbo Ingen tempura (deep fried batter), and pumpkin dessert.

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This house where we had lunch also offers farm stay for visitors.

The room layout and the tatami (straw) mat flooring is that of typical old Japanese houses, and children who visit this place on school excursions exclaim happily "its just like my grandpa's house!"

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"Inaka-no-Ohyakusho-san" welcomes foreigners and Japanese alike to experience farm life and farm stay. (* enquiries in Japanese only)

The owner is proud of his farm produce and assures visitors that they will be able to experience fun harvesting at any time of the year.

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Wouldn't you also like to enjoy a relaxing farm stay in Isa city?

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■ Enquiries  *Japanese only
Inakano-ohyakusho-san (Mr. Yamanokuchi)
TEL : 0995-26-0490 


■ Web site : *Japanese only


■ Farm Experience
Duration : Approx. 2hour
Capacity : 20(maximum)
Fee : 1,500 yen per person


■ Farm Stay and Farm Experience
Capacity : 5(maximum)
Fee : 5,000 yen per person
Address : 2648-2, Hishikari Arata, Isa-shi, Kagoshima

* February 25, 2014

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100% Natural Footbath in Sakurajima!

Dig your own Hotspring by yourself then enjoy taking footbath with great sea view!

You will see and feel the energy of earth!! 


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You can take private tour organized by Sakurajima Visitor Center.

Or you can buy a digging set(a shovel, towel and guidebook) also available in Sakurajima Visitor Center.

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

■ Holding period: Full year

■ Time required: 2 - 3 hours

■ Fee3500 /person 

■ Capacity: 7  *Please contact us when you participate in the 8 or more 

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

■ Contact: +81 99-245-0100

■ Official WebsiteSakurajima museum

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* November 15, 2013
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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, marketplace selling local produce, restaurants, etc. can be found in this 40 hectare establishment. 

It would be great to spend the whole day in 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.

Would you like to send letters to your precious from "Yellow Post" know as bring happiness?

Red posts are usually used in Japan, there is a unique "Yellow Post" at Japan's southernmost JR station, "Nishi Oyama staion".

This yellow post is located in Ibusuki where you can find rape blossams around between the end of December and Feburary. It is very acclimatized to the place.

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Send your feelings from yellow post!

Hope your precious will be happy after receiving letters.

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From Nishi-Ōyama Station you can see Mount Kaimon, the pyramid shaped volcano which has recently gained popularity as a "power spot". 


At the Nishi-Ōyama Station Tourist Info Center, in addition to purchasing postcards and stamps, you can also get the original Ibusuki commemorative stamp. 

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"JR Japan Southernmost Station Arrival Certificates" will also be issued.
How about getting a certificate to commemorate your journey?

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Nishi-Ōyama Station Tourist Infomation Center
Open: 8am~5pm (6pm on Summer season)
Telephone: 0993-34-0132 

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【JR Nishi-Ōyama Station Time Table】 as of August 2013
■from JR Nishi-Ōyama Station (to Kagoshima Chuo Station) 
5:45 / 7:06 / 8:29 / 9:00 / 14:17 / 16:56 / 19:25 / 20:52

■from JR Nishi-Ōyama Station (to Makurazaki Station)
6:26 / 7:31 / 11:56 / 13:36 / 17:31 / 18:43 / 20:08 / 21:36

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