Located in the rural northwest of Kagoshima on the border with Kumamoto Prefecture, Hokusatsu offers visitors the chance to relax, unwind and take things slow. Lose yourself in stunning natural scenery, take a dip in scenic onsen (hot springs) or indulge in the rich food culture.
The area boasts pristine mountains, waterfalls and lakes as well as a beautiful coastline of white sandy beaches from where you can enjoy stunning sunsets towards the East China Sea. As one of the prefecture’s key agricultural larders, Hokusatsu is also home to a wealth of delicious produce that make the local dishes a delight to savor. In particular, the area is renowned for plentiful, high-quality fish and is the birthplace of shochu, a distilled alcohol made using Kagoshima’s sweet potatoes.
With nationally protected sites and fascinating festivals, Hokusatsu also gives visitors a unique insight into Japan’s history and traditions. Step back in time in Izumi’s historic samurai district or take a tour of Marutake Sangyo’s factory in Satsumasendai, where 90% of the traditional armor and props for TV dramas and movies is made. Culture vultures will love trying to make the famous bamboo crafts of Miyanojo while outdoor enthusiasts can check out Akune and its island neighbor Akune Oshima for marine sports, walking and even deer spotting. There is truly something for everyone in Hokusatsu!