Nansatsu (Southern Satsuma)
The Nansatsu region is where the ibusuki hot springs are located, and is blessed with a warm climate year-round. It also offers a host of other tourist sites, such as the immense beach of Fukiagehama and the beautiful Bo･Noma rias coastline. There are many attractive tourists'spots in this area.
Beautiful sculptures made of sand
～Sand sculpture & Flower Festa in Minamisatsuma, Minamisatsuma City～
A big sand-craft event is held every spring on Fukiagehama Beach, one of the three largest sand dunes of Japan. Many teams from home and abroad participate to create original works. The sculptures made of sand change color as they are illuminated by sunlight and lights at night to create a magical world （refer to the Reference Materials for details）.
～Ancient Trade City～
Bonotsu Port is situated on the southwest tip of the Satsuma Peninsula, on the beautiful Rias coastline, and has served Japan as a center of international trade and relidious exchange since ancient times. This is where Ichijoin Temple was founded by the Korean monk Nichira, and where Chinese monk Hanjin Wajo landed when the brought Eisshu Buddhism to Japan in the 8th century.
【The Monk Ganjin Wajo】
Bonotsu Port has been known since ancient times as one of the three finest harbors in japan, and has served as the port of introduction for much culture into the nation. One of the most important events was the arrival of the monk Ganjin. Full of zeal for the propagation of Buddhism in Japan, Ganjin tried to cross the ocean, but failed five times due to typhoons and shipwrecks. He finally made the crossing successfully, but it took 12 years. During that time he lost many of his disciples and was himself blinded, but his arrival in Japan marked the formation of the first true Buddhist group and the starting point of real Buddhist activity in Japan.