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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Closed
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

Website
http://ioworld.jp/

Access
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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Sakurajima Visitor Center

When you are have just arrived in Sakurajima and are wondering where to head to first, this small museum Sakurajima Visitor Center is a good place to start.

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Sakurajima Visitor Center provides information (and some interpretation) about Mt. Sakurajima's eruptions, history, mechanisms and so on.

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You can also watch a live webcam of the active Showa crater, see real-time seismometer data and a display counting the number of recent eruptions on Mt. Sakurajima.

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After learning about Mt.Sakurajima, proceed outside to enjoy the open-air foot bath at the Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park right beside the visitor center.

The heat of the natural hot spring will remind you of the energy of the volcano.

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【 Access 】
Sakurajima Port: 10 minutes walk from Sakurajima Port
Sakurajima Island View bus: a few minutes from the bus stop "Visitor Center"

【 Entrance fee 】
Free

【 Business hours 】
9:00-17:00

【 Closed 】
Open daily

You can buy books about Mt. Sakurajima and souvenirs.

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* July, 2016
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Space Museum of Tanegashima Space Center

Most of Japan's rockets and artificial satellites are launched from the Tanegashima Space Center.

The Tanegashima Space Center was established along the southeast coastline of Tanegashima Island, disturbing the natural landscape as little as possible; it is a rocket launch site with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

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The Space Museum, opened in August 1979 as Japan's first full-scale space development museum.

For a deeper understanding of space development, the museum exhibits shows the relations between space and humankind, and the mechanism of launch vehicles and satellites as well as the unique characteristics of JAXA's rockets in a visually comprehensive manner.

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A life-size mockup of the H-II, a 100% made-in-Japan large-size launch vehicle developed as a result of lengthy, desperate efforts by Japanese engineers, is on display outside in the lawn area of the Takesaki Range as a symbol of the center.

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The mockup is displayed horizontally so that visitors can feel closer to space development and can deepen their understanding by touching the mockup, realizing the size of the launch vehicle, and feeling its dynamism. 

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[ Exhibits ]
■ Open
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in July and August)

■ Closed
Every Monday and Tuesdays following long weekends (substitute holidays) and Dec. 29 to Jan. 1.

* The center is occasionally closed owing to rocket launches, and other reasons without prior notice.



Kirishima Open-Air Museum

The Kirishima Open-Air Museum is a modern art museum surrounded by the rich nature of Kirishima.

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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. 

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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.   

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

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[ 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 ] 
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Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots

The peace museum for Kamikaze pilots was founded to preserve the true facts at the end of World War Ⅱ on record, and to contribute to eternal peace on earth.

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This museum preserves and exhibits the photographs, relics, and correspondence which belonged to the Special Attack Group members known as Kamikaze pilots.

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■ Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots

【Open hours】 
9:00am - 5:00pm (last admission 4:30pm)

【Holidays】 
Open year-round

【Admission Fee】 
Adults : ¥500, 
Elementary and Junior high students : ¥300


【Inquiries】 
TEL : 0993-83-2525

【Access】 
By bus : Board the bus for Chiran from Yamakataya bus terminal in Kagoshima City (approx. 1.5 hour ride). The museum is an approximately 5 minute walk from the Tokkou-kannon-iriguchi bus stop. 

* February 7, 2014
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Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant

Since the March 11th, 2011 Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant incident in Fukushima, the world has been paying more attention to the energy policy of Japan.

In light of that, seven companies including Kyocera Corp. pooled their finances to set up the Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corp., which operates the Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power Plant.

Located at Nanatsujima in Kagoshima City, the plant has been active since November 1st, 2013, and is the largest solar power plant in Japan.

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Equipped with 290,000 solar panels, the power plant boasts an annual output capacity of about 70 MW, sufficient to power 22,000 local households.

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The area of the site is about 1,270,000 m2 (about 27 times the size of Tokyo Dome), and it takes about 1 hr 30 min to walk around it.

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The plant is built on a large plot of flat reclaimed land which is fully exposed to the sun's rays. Since the site extends into Kinko Bay, reflected sunlight from the solar panels does not pose any inconvenience to the local neighborhood.

Moreover, according to research by the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory, this area has been experiencing longer hours of sunlight and a higher level of solar radiation (compared to the national average) for the past 30 years.

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The Kagoshima Nanatsujima Solar Science Museum located on the premises, and houses multimedia static displays where the public can learn more about solar power harnessing (*advanced reservation required)

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After visiting the museum, one might consider dropping by the Kinkowan Park Lookout, which is about 10 minutes away by car.

From the lookout, one can see the solar panels floating atop Kinko Bay, with Mount Sakurajima in the background.

It is a new dimension for Kagoshima, as an advanced, pro-environmental conservation city.

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【Kagoshima Nanatsujima Solar Science Museum】

Open: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Closed: Monday / Tuesday / New Year's holiday(29 Dec.~ 1 Jan.)

Admission fee Free

Contact Tel:099-262-2102  **Advance reservation required

Address 2 Nanatsujima, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan


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Specialty Products

Oshima Tsumugi

The weaving of Oshima Tsumugi silk has been carried out for centuries on Amami-Oshima Island.

It is considered casual wear that feels comfortable even in the hot summer.

Different from regular kimono silk, it is light and has become a luxury kimono style.

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Visitors can see the process and products not only at the Oshima Tsumugi Mura on Amami-Oshima island, but also at the Oshima Tsumugi no Sato in Kagoshima City.

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Satsuma-yaki Pottery

Satsuma-yaki pottery has been produced in Miyama, about 20km northwest of Kagoshima City, for roughly 400 years. 

Satsuma-yaki pottery can be broadly categorized into white and black Satsuma-yaki. 

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The white, or "Shiro Satsuma-yaki" is the color of ivory, and has hairline cracks and brilliant paintings. It is delicate and elegant and was originally fired for the lords of the Satsuma Han clan.

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"Sukashibori" is a traditional technique for making Satsuma-yaki pottery. It is an elegant handicraft produced with a delicate technique.

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In contrast, the black, or "Kuro Satsuma-yaki" style, which was fired for use by ordinary citizens, conveys a simple warmth.

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One of the Kuro Satsuma-yaki items called a "kurojyoka" is a little black round-shaped kettle for drinking warm shochu, the local distilled spirit in Kagoshima.

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And the "sorakyuu" has a conic body, which prevents it from sitting upright on a table.

When you drink with this cup, everyone will say "sora, kyuu! (OK, drink up!)", hence its name.
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Which Satsuma-yaki pottery do you like, white? or black?


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