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Notice of Route Changes

The new route of Kagoshima City View has been effective Saturday, January 13.

Two old routes combined to this new route.

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「Sego-don! Taiga drama-kan 」has opened on January 13!

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Make Full Use of "Welcome Cute Pass" !

The new travel course is introduced on our website now, and will help you in planning your Kagoshima journey!

The new travel course "Make Full Use of Welcome Cute Pass!" shows you how to use this transportation pass conveniently and efficiently. >>

The Welcome Cute Pass is available at the following sites listed below.
Caution: there are only a few transaction counters issuing Welcome Cute passes. 

[ Kagoshima Chuo Station Area ] 
Kagoshima Chuo Station Tourism Information Center, Tourism Exchange Center (Kanko Koryu Center), Museum of the Meiji Restoration

[ Tenmonkan Area ] 
Tenmachi Salon, Kagoshima Sightseeing Guide Station 

[ Others ] 
Ticket counter in Ferry Terminal of "Kagoshima Port" and "Sakurajima Port".

* January, 2017

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Ibusuki Sand Bath: SAYURI ( 砂湯里 )

The 30 minutes drive from downtown Ibusuki will take you to this natural sand bath "SAYURI".


The sand bathing spot is just beside the sea. Shall we enjoy the sound of waves with our eyes closed?


You can see the sheer cliff behind and Mt. Kaimon, also called "Satsuma-Fuji" because of its beautiful shape from far away.

"SAYURI" is surrounded on all four sides by great nature. You can feel your entire body immersed in nature while bathing in the sand.


Walking 5 minutes from "SAYURI" will take you to another open-air hot spring "Tamatebako Onsen" with a superb view.

There is a discount ticket for both facilities "SAYURI" and "Tamatebako Onsen".


■ Natural Sand Bath: SAYURI

【 Open 】 365 days
* The facility may be closed depending on the weather. Please check in advance by calling 099-335-2669.

【 Business hours 】
9:00-17:30 (September to June)
9:00-18:00 (July and August)

【 Access 】

15 minutes drive from JR Ibusuki Station

Take the bus for "Ikeda-ko Lake" from JR Ibusuki Station, get off at the bus stop "Healthy Land", and walk for 10 minutes

10 minutes drive from JR Yamakawa Station

Take the bus for "Kaimon-eki Station" from JR Yamakawa Station, get off at the bus stop "Healthy Land", and walk for 10 minutes

* December, 2016
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Special Page about Kagoshima at JAL Official Website!

A bunch of attractive spots in Kagoshima you need to visit are on the page 
of JAPAN AIRLINES official website, now!

It is the time to plan your travels to Kagoshima!
JAL Holiday Plan Kagoshima



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Kagoshima City Aquarium (Io World)

Kagoshima City Aquarium "Io World" will attract you with its size (one of the biggest in Kyushu) and outstanding structure.


It lies very close to Sakurajima island ferry terminal, so it has easy access from downtown Kagoshima and also from Sakurajima island.

Its exhibition of marine life comes from the seas of Kagoshima and Kinko Bay spread over just in front of you.

The whale shark "YU-YU" swimming freely in the huge pool "Kuroshio Great Water Tank" will grab your attention first when you enter the aquarium.

YU-YU's stuffed toy is the most popular item in the souvenir shop.


Other popular members are the dolphins that show off their wonderful talents at Dolphin Pool everyday.

The 20 minute show at Dolphin Pool gives an introduction to their body structure and skills.


The dolphins are free to swim out to the open-air waterway outside the aquarium at certain times, so we can meet them outside again!



Details about Dolphin Waterway >>

The big aquarium and abundant exhibitions there will surely entertain you!

【 Business hours 
9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (final admission at 5:00 p.m.)
** We also hold night time events at the Aquarium during Golden Week, weekends of summer vacation, and on Christmas eve

Four consecutive days starting from the first Monday of December
*Open as usual during the year-end and New Year holidays

Admission Fee
Adult (high school and above): 1500 yen
Student (elementary and junior high): 750 yen
Child (over 4): 350 yen


Kagoshima city tram (line 2), alight at Suizokukan-guchi tram stop and walk for 8 minutes
Kagoshima city bus (routes 16-2, 25, 26: Catch the buses at East 4 to 6 bus stops), alight at Kagoshima-suizokukan-mae bus stop and walk for a few minutes

* October, 2016
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Yunohira Observatory

Yunohira Observatory is the highest spot on Mt. Sakurajima that is accessible by the public.


One can enjoy a panoramic view of a grey lava field and also the occasional rising ash cloud from volcanic eruptions.


This spot also commands a panoramic view of Kagoshima City and the calm Kinko Bay.

When the sun sets, the night view of the lights in Kagoshima City is a beautiful contrast to the dark Mt. Sakurajima.


Inspired by the volcano's name Sakura-jima, the roof of this observatory is shaped like a sakura cherry blossom petal.


There are 7 heart-shaped stones in this stone wall.
Let's try to find all 7 stones!


【 Access 】
A few minutes from the bus stop "Yunohira observatory" on the Sakurajima Island View bus route

15 min. by car from Sakurajima Ferry Terminal

* July, 2016
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There is a cruise called "YORIMICHI CRUISE", which will keep you fully entertained for 50 minutes with the attractive and changing views of Mt.Sakurajima and Kinko Bay.


The cruise runs once a day, departing from Kagoshima Port at 11:05AM and arriving at Sakurajima Port.


The cruising course differs from the ordinary one as it goes down Kinko Bay in a circuit. You may even get to see dolphins. 


Discover a lesser-seen side of Kagoshima on the "YORIMICHI CRUISE"!


[ Fare ]
500 yen (adult) 250 yen (child)
** You will need to pay the fee in advance at Kagoshima Port.
** Passengers with one day passes "Welcome Cute" should drop by the ticket office to exchange for a boarding ticket on the day of boarding.

[ Departure time ]
11:05 AM from Kagoshima Port (one service a day)
** There is a useful circuit bus for Sakurajima sightseeing called "Sakurajima Island View" which starts at Sakurajima Port at 12:15 PM
** If you wish to return to Kagoshima Port, you will need to pay 160 yen for the regular ferry service back. 

[ Ticket Offices ]
>> Kagoshima Port
>> Sakurajima Port
>> Kagoshima Chuo Station Tourist Information Center

* July, 2016
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Ibusuki Sand Bath : SARAKU ( 砂楽 )

SARAKU located at sea side and has facilities with sunny open space that were designed to enhance the surrounding view.


[ Opening Hours ] *Open year Round
8:30 - 21:00 (closed between 12 noon to 1 p.m.for cleaning)
*admission until 30 minutes before closing

[ Price ]
1,080 yen ( General )
590 yen ( Child )

[ Access ]
20 min. walk from JR Ibusuki Station

[ Website ]
Sand Bath Hall "SARAKU" >>

* During high tide or rainy weather, you can also enjoy an all-weather sand bath located on the shore.

* October 6, 2015
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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. 



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.  



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. 


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


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.


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 >>

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* February 13, 2015
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Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park - Foot Bath

The Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park has a free-of-charge, 100-meter-long foot bath.


With Kinko Bay in front and the magnificent Mount Sakurajima behind, one can feel the energy of Mother Nature.


Immerse your tired feet in the natural hot spring water drawn from 1,000 meters underground to recuperate from fatigue.


For those who want more than just a foot bath, do head over to the Sakurajima Magma Onsen (hot spring) facility nearby.

This Japanese onsen (hot spring) facility is equipped with sauna, cold water bath, utase-yu back- and shoulder-massaging bath, electric pulse bath, and jacuzzi.


◆ Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park - Foot Bath
 [ Usage Fee ] Free of Charge
 [ Operating Hours ] 09:00 HRS till sunset
 [ Getting There ] 5 minute walk from Sakurajima Port

◆ Sakurajima Magma Onsen
 [ Usage Fee ] Adult: 300 yen / Child: 120 yen
 [ Operating Hours ] 10:00 - 22:00 HRS (13:00 - 22:00 HRS on Wednesdays only)
 [ Getting There ] 3 minute walk from Sakurajima Port

* January 27, 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.


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. 


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.   


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


[ 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 ] 
Kirishima Open-Air Musuem >>

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* November 8, 2014
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Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine

The Shiratani Unsuikyo 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 travelers can experience the superb world where Yakusugi cedar trees and laurel trees grow together.  


Within the Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine are three maintained courses with differing required course times, and the most popular of the courses is the "Taiko-iwa Rock Course" which requires approximately four hours of hiking time.


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


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


Furthermore, 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.

Come visit and experience firsthand how "green" Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine truly is! 

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

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

[ Access ]
Shiratani Unsuikyo bus stop

[ Parking ]
40 parking spots

[ Website ]
Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine >>
*Japanese only

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* September 24, 2014
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"Tamatebako" Open-Air Onsen

Tamatebako Onsen is an open-air hot spring with a panoramic view of Mt. Kaimon and the East China Sea. 

The two gender-segregated hot spring baths have different interior designs and different views of the surrounding landscape as well, and the baths used by men and women switch on alternate days. 


Enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding area while soaking in this hot spring! 

Visitors will experience a unique and wonderful feeling of enjoying the hot spring, ocean and sky integrated all together.


[ Hours ] 
9:30 - 19:30
* View of Mt. Kaimon Open-air Onsen Schedule: Men --- Odd-numbered days (ex. 1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) | Women --- Even-numbered days (ex. 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.)

[ Holidays ]
Every Thursday, and the day after National Holidays

[ Admission Fee ]
500 yen

[ Access ]
JR Ibusuki-Makurazaki Line + 25 "Nottari Oritari" bus ride from Ibusuki Station

[ Official Website ]
Healthy Land Open-air Onsen Tamatebako Onsen >>

[ Address ]
Fukumoto 3340, Yamagawa, Ibusuki City, Kagoshima Prefecture

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* August 18, 2014
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Chiran Samurai Residence Complex

Nicknamed the "Little Kyoto of Satsuma", Chiran was home to more than 500 samurai residences during the late Edo period (19th century).


As the original buildings in the complex are well-preserved, one can witness a real, Edo period samurai settlement here.



The charm of the Chiran Samurai Residence Complex lies in the 700m stonewall-lined paths, the scattered samurai houses and the beautifully landscaped gardens within.


Built with defense purposes in mind, the paths are neither too wide nor too narrow, and there are many corners and bends to reduce visibility (of potential invaders).


Furthermore, the hedges (behind the stone walls of the houses) are pruned in such a way that one inside the house can see outside clearly, but not the other way round. As such, it is possible to ambush invaders with arrows and spears without exposing one's location.


The Chiran Samurai Residence Complex is designated as an "Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings" by the Japanese government, and the seven gardens (open to public) are officially recognized as a "National Scenic Beauty" spot.


Among the seven gardens which are open to public, the garden of the Mori family is the only one built in the "Tsukiyama Sansui" style, with rocks laid out to represent the mountain, and an actual pond filled with water.


The other six gardens are built in the "Kare-sansui" (dry garden) style, using shirasu (pumice and volcanic ash commonly found in the south Kyushu region) spread out across the garden grounds to represent the water surface. The use of shirasu in Kare-sansui style gardens is unique to Chiran.



[ Opening Hours ]
09:00 - 17:00 HRS **Opens all year round

[ Admission Fee ] ** ticket is valid for entrance to the "Seven Gardens"
Adult: 500 yen / Junior high and elementary student: 300 yen

[ Seven Gardens in Chiran ]
1) Saigo Kenichiro's Garden
2) Hirayama Katsumi's Garden
3) Hirayama Ryoichi's Garden
4) Sata Mifune's Garden
5) Sata Tamiko's Garden
6) Sata Naotada's Garden
7) Mori Shigemitsu's Garden

[ Bukeyashiki Street ]
* Approximate time required to fully appreciate Samurai Residence Gardens (700 meters altogether) : 60 min.


Taki-An, located in the samurai residence area, is a restaurant within typical Japanese architecture, serving traditional Kagoshima cuisine.

Take a trip back in time to the Edo period (17th century) as we enjoy o-zen (Japanese style set meal) in front of a beautifully landscaped Japanese garden.


The traditional Kagoshima cuisine, with their characteristic saccharine flavor, includes satsuma-age (deep fried fish cake), chicken sashimi, tonkotsu (braised pork), etc.


◆ Taki-An
[ Opening Hours ] 10:30 - 16:30 HRS (Last order: 16:00 HRS)

[ Closed ] N.A.

[ Website ] Taki-An >> ** Japanese only

[ Getting There ] 2 minute walk from "Buke-yashiki Iriguchi-mae" bus stop

[ Download Chiran area map ] >>


* May 2014
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Shochu Tasting, Distillery Tour in Kagoshima

Shochu liquor is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from rice, barley, sweet potatoes, buckwheat and other ingredients.

Imo-jochu sweet potato liquor and kokuto-jochu brown sugar liquor are Kagoshima specialties!

Shochu receives geographical indication protection by the WTO, similar to Scotch whisky, Cognac brandy and Bordeaux wine.


While sake is the representative alcoholic beverage of Japan, shochu is known as the alcoholic beverage of Kagoshima. 

It is said that the annual shochu consumption per capita (for the citizens of Kagoshima) is 27 liters.


The imo-jochu, made from satsuma-imo sweet potatoes (one of the special local products of Kagoshima), became popular throughout Japan during the shochu boom about 10 years ago.


The kokuto-jochu, distilled using brown sugar, is exclusively produced on the southern islands of Kagoshima. With a smooth and mild taste, it is popular among the ladies.

As the flavor of shochu varies according to the ingredients and yeast used, and the distillation method, even the same brewer can develop shochu with different tastes.


With 113 distilleries and over 2000 different brands, Kagoshima is known as the kingdom of shochu.

In the production of shochu there is no compromise. Each drop is made with devotion and we would love for you to come and see this for yourself.


Within 'A Guide to Shochu-kura in Kagoshima' is information on 64 shochu distilleries that conduct tours or have modest facilities set up for visitors.

Click here >>

■ Representative brands of the local shochu distilleries.
*Japanese only


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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 natural steam sand baths.

With 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 conducted by Kagoshima University professors, the effect of steam sand baths is 3-4 times greater than that 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 waste products
4) Excretion of inflammatory and algesic material

This photo below shows blood "before" and "after" a sand bath. In ten minutes the black blood has changed to bright red.  


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

"SARAKU (砂楽) " within 15 minutes of Ibusuki Station by foot is recommended for day-trippers >>

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

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Kagomma Furusato Yataimura : Everything from Kagoshima is available here!

Every shop entertains you with a variety of delicious dishes with original ingredients from different areas of Kagoshima.



There are approx. 25 lively and unique stalls and each stall has a capacity for about 8 guests in this village.

In this tiny space, guests become friends and enjoy conversation with each other.


Come and enjoy local production and locally-grown fresh ingredients from a rich sea and fertile soil of Kagoshima prefecture!






Shop List >>

Official Website >>

* April 10, 2014
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Iso area which greatly contributed to the modernization of Japan.

"Shuseikan" located in Iso area of Kagoshima-city is the first modernized industrial factory complex in Japan. 

The Nariakira Shimadzu  who was the Satsuma Domain Lord at the end of Edo period, commanded to establish the industrial factory complex in this Iso-area. 


He thought "Japan can stand with Western nations in an equal level only when Japan succeeds in making the life of the people rich."

So he implemented the modernization policies known as "the Shuseikan Project"in various fields. 


Many other sites which shows the steps to the modernization still remain also in Iso area, besides Shuseikan.

Reminds of a reverberatory furnace where they casted the melted pig iron into cannons.




The house of British engineer who instructed workers at cotton mill was built first time in Japan.


The villa constructed by Mitsuhisa Shimadzu for Shimadzu family.

Nariakira Shimadzu loved "Sengan-en" in Iso area, and Atsuhime who was married to the Tokugawa shogun family also visited here at those days. 

Please enjoy this majestic landscape view making use of Sakurajima as its background mountain and Kinko Bay as inside pond, as they did.




Modern Satsumayaki Porcelain Ware
The technique of making bricks using the reverberatory furnace was applied


Satsuma Kiriko Cut Glass Factory
Started with the manufacturing of glass bottles for medicine


This movement which occured in Iso had a big influence to the modernization of Japan as a whole.

In Kyushu region and also in Yamaguchi, Shizuoka and Iwate, there still remains many industrial sites which testify the accomplishment of Japan's modernization in a short period. 

As these sites have historical relations each other, the related prefectures and cities are advancing preparation towards the World Cultural Heritage inscription as "Sites of Japan Meiji Industrial Revolution (Kyushu, Yamaguchi and related area)". 

For further information, please refer to the official website below.
Sites of Japan Meiji Industrial Revolution (Kyushu, Yamaguchi and related area)

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Southernmost point in mainland Japan "Sata-misaki (Cape Sata)"

Kagoshima is located in the southernmost in Japan, except Okinawa.


The southernmost point Sata-misaki is place necessary for those travelers who does journeys across Japan.


The lighthouse in Sata-misaki is a historic one which has lighted the south part of Kagoshima for almost 150 years.

The chalk wall which rebuilt-in 1950 stands out in the blue ocean.


In sunny day, you will be able to see both Tanegashima and Yakushima, you feel like you are in the southernmost point.


* September 1, 2013
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