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Mt. Oonodake

Mt. Onodake is an accessible mountain for cars and beginner hikers alike, having a height of only 466 meters. 

From the observatory at the summit, visitors can access a panoramic view of the tea plantations spread out all around the area.


The "Chaju Stairs" (One hundred and Eight-steps Staircase) lead up to this observatory.

Small columns are placed along the steps that correspond to a certain age and the relevant "milestone" in that stage of life.


While climbing the steps, one can stop and look back, and reflect on one's life. It is also a good opportunity to evaluate one's life.


Taking a photo on the step that corresponds to one's age is a hit among visitors.


At the end of the 108 steps, one will find the final column named "Chabashira", which is rumoured to bring good luck when touched.

"Chabashira" refers to the rare sight of a tea stem vertically floating in a tea cup when hot water is poured. It is believed to bring good luck.


From the observatory, one can get a bird's eye view of Mt. Kaimon (also known as Satsuma Fuji), Lake Ikeda, and the tea plantations on rolling knolls.

Wouldn't you want to experience this new style of travel - Green Tea-rism?


The Chinese character for tea - "Cha" (from the name "Chaju") is made up of Chinese characters representing the numbers 10, 10 and 88, which totals 108.


Known for longevity, Japanese people have an interesting custom of special celebrations for their 88th, 90th,100th and 108 birthdays.

Nio Gaurdians of Fortitude  or "Fukutsuno-Niouzou"
Touch the place where you want to be cure or make better, you might get bless.


Onodake Shrine
Throw the same amount of change in the offering box as your age and it will bring you good health and longevity. *Don't cheat!


[ Access ] *No public transportation available
Car: 1 hr form Kagoshima City, 30 min. from Ibusuki, 30 min. from Chiran

Kagoshima Fish Market Tour 2017

Period: Every Saturday March ~ November, 2017
Meeting time: 6:45am 
Meeting place: entrance of Kagoshima city fish market near Kagoshima port
Tour time: 7am ~ 8am (about 1 hour)
Tour cost: 
Adults 2,000 yen / Children 1,000 yen
* If you stay at member's hotel...
Adults 1,000 yen / Children Free
(inc. tour guide, sashimi tasting, rubber boots,insurance)

Wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes. 

< Tour Schedule >
6:45 Meet at the entrance of Kagoshima fish market
7:00 Tour starts! Walk in fish market.
8:00 Tour finish! 

< Option after the tour >
Breakfast at fish market restaurant!
You can taste the freshest sushi and seafood breakfast at restaurants after the tour.
Cost: Please pay your breakfast (approx. 1000 yen).

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

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

On Foot:
About 15~20 min from Tenmonkan area

* February, 2017

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Experience Katsuo Warayaki (Smoked Bonito) and Fisherman's Lunch

Try Katsuo Warayaki hands-on at Makurazaki - Home of the Katsuo(^o^)


 At the Makurazaki Wharf (next to Makurazaki Fish Centre), ocean-fresh Katsuo (Bonito) are skillfully cut up and heartily roasted over a strong fire to make Tataki (a Japanese way of preparing smoked Katsuo where only the outer surface is roasted while the inner portions remain raw).


 Roasting the Katsuo over fire made by burning highly flammable straw, the external surface of the fish is quickly cooked while the inner portions remain raw. Furthermore, the flavour of smoked straw is sealed in the flesh of the Katsuo, giving the end product a tangy barbeque flavour.


 Experience this only at Makurazaki - Home of the Katsuo!

 Have fun roasting your very own Katsuo-tataki, savour the flavours of the seasonal harvests and enjoy the view of Makurazaki Port.



Participants                   : Minimum of 10 people

Application deadline     : 1 days in advance

Fees                             : 1,620 Yen 

       (includes Katsuo Warayaki and Fisherman's Lunch)

[Experiencing Katsuo Warayaki]

1. Dissecting a fresh Katsuo (Bonito)!



 Upon arrival, you can view the dissection of a fresh Katsuo (for Warayaki Tataki) at the wholesaler's stall. For visitors who have never dissected a fish, you may let the shop staff do the dissection. For visitors who wish to dissect the fish on their own, the staff will be around to provide guidance and tips when necessary.

2. Roasting the fish over fire made by burning straw


 Warayaki - Form a 10 member group and decide who to start the fire using straw and who to handle the barbeque wire netting with the Katsuo.

3. Immersing in ice water!


 Tataki - After roasting the Katsuo over straw flames, immerse it in ice water to seal the flavour. You may do this on your own or request for the staff to do it for you.


4. Last but not least, enjoy the finished Katsuo Tataki!



Proceed to the restaurant to savour the freshly made Katsuo Tataki.

Fisherman's Lunch Set


Warayaki Katsuo Tataki


Roasted Katsuo Belly


Fisherman's Hotpot


Onigiri Rice Balls


Deep Fired Fish Cake

                      Unmakado~!!!(it's delicious!!!)

Makurazaki Fish Centre

33-1 Matsunoo-cho, Makurazaki-shi

Phone  : 0993-73-2311

FAX     : 0993-73-2359


On days of good weather, you may enjoy lunch on the outdoor wood terrace on the 2nd floor.

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 fanning over the surface of the water.



PLACE: Kagoshima City, Kinko Bay

DAYSAugust 1 - 31※excluding August 13 - 15


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

Izumi Rural Life Experience - Farmstay in Izumi -


Please follow the link below for more details.

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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.


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".


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


※ 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

The movie of dolphins performance >>

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.
[ TEL ] +81 99-255-0381 ( Kosei sushi school )













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* January, 2017
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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.

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


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


[ 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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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.



* Mixed bathing
* It not allow swim suits

** The Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen video from Kagoshima Energetic Japan's video clips >>

[ 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 ]

* 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. 


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.  


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.


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.


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). 


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! 

[ 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 ]
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*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.


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.


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!




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.

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.  


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.


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. 


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


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


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


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


* April 17, 2014

Sandbar calendar >> 
*Japanese only
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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. 


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. 


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.


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



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.


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



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


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



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


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


■ 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.


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


** 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


* 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.


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.


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.


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)".


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


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.


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!"


"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.


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


■ 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!! 



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.


【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



* 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!



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

■ Farm Tractor Riding


■ Crop Harvesting


■ Soba Making (buckwheat noodles)


■ Relaxing Yoga Class


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.


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




*  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.


Send your feelings from yellow post!

Hope your precious will be happy after receiving letters.


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. 

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

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


【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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