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Ibusuki Nanohana marathon

The Ibusuki Nanohana Marathon is officially recognised as the first full marathon of the year in Japan.

It will be held on 8 January 2017.

The Nanohana (rapeseed flowers) will be in full bloom during that time and participants will race through a sea of yellow.



Along the way, our staff will serve steamed sweet potatoes, red bean dessert and other delicacies, making this a memorable "Number One Hospitality Marathon in Japan"!





After the long run, be sure to relax your body and rejuvenate yourself at our natural hot springs!

Ibusuki is one of the most famous hot spring regions in Japan, and natural "onsen" (hot springs) are available at most of the accommodation here. 


Also, Ibusuki is the only place in the world where one can experience the sand bath.


Kindly refer to the URL below for more information on accommodation in Ibusuki.

Be sure to join us at the Ibusuki Nanohana Marathon and enjoy breathtaking views of the majestic Mt. Kaimon, Lake Ikeda, and the beautiful Nanohana blooms!

We waiting for your ENTRY!!


【Race information】

Date of Race: 8 January 2017

Race Course Distance: 42.195 km

Entry fee: ¥5,000

Registration deadline: 30 November (Online Registration) 
* registration on actual day is not allowed

【Online Registration】 *Japanese language only
JTB sports station

* October, 2016
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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?

Click here to apply >>


* July, 2016
Area guide : Nansatsu area >>

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Shiroyama Observatory - Shiroyama Promenade

"Shiroyama" is the name of the hill located in the center of Kagoshima City with an altitude of 107 meters. The name comes from the fact that a castle had once been built on the hill.


The 2 km promenade to the observatory is filled with more than 600 species of plants. 

While located in the city area, it is a treasure trove of nature.


The observatory is very popular with travelers as a photo spot that overlooks Mt. Sakurajima and Kinko Bay.


Why don't you take a walk there in the morning to see the sun rising up from behind Mt. Sakurajima?


◆ Shiroyama Observatory
【 Access 】
Disembark at the Shiroyama bus stop from the Kagoshima City View bus "Shiroyama and Iso Course".

◆ Shiroyama Promenade
【 Access 】 *See the lines on the map showing 2 routes
1 Route from "Tanshoen" next to Terukuni Shrine
2 Route from "Iwasaki Tani" next to the Satsuma Retainers Monument

* May, 2016
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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.


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)

[ Website ] Ebino Eco Museum Center >>

* July 13, 2015
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Canyoning at Sarugajo Gorge

Canyoning is travelling in canyons using a variety of techniques that includes ropework, plunging/diving, swimming, etc.

Canyoning is available at the Sarugajo Gorge at Tarumizu!



The greatest characteristic of canyoning at Sarugajo Gorge is none other than the crystal clear waters flowing through a valley of granite amid the green forests.


[ Availability Period ] 
July - September (** Kindly make a reservation at least 3 days in advance)

[ Course Time ] 
About 2 hours

[ Price ] 
One person: 7,000 yen 
(Group discount for four people and above - 5,000 yen per person)

[ Inquiries ]
Mori-no-Eki Tarumizu >>

* June 12, 2015
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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.


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.



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


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. 



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.


■ 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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Mt. Kaimon - Satsuma Fuji -

Mt. Kaimon alt. 924m (3,031 ft), is a volcanic mountain currently dormant with an impressively beautiful shape.

It is one of the hundred most celebrated mountains in Japan, and is sometimes called "Satsuma Fuji" due to its resemblance to Mt. Fuji.



Mt. Kaimon is a popular site for trekking and hiking.

To climb to the summit and back down takes 5 to 6 hours.

From the summit, you can enjoy a 360-degree panorama of the open sea and belts of crop fields!


■ Access: 1 from Kagoshima City
JR: Kagoshima Chuo Station⇔1hr 20min⇔JR Yamagawa sta.
BUS: Yamagawa Station⇔35min⇔Kaimon Tozanguchi bus stop.

■ Access: 2 from Kagoshima City  ** The number trians operating this route are limited.
JR: Kagoshima Chuo Station⇔2hr⇔JR: Kaimon Station⇔20min⇔Mt. Kaimon

* December 20, 2013
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