Good Neighbors Jamboree（Minamikyushu City）
Ohara Matsuri (Kagoshima City)
Wintering Cranes in Izumi（Izumi City）
Experience Kagoshima’s Unique Events and Seasons
What’s On throughout the Year
Traditional Arts and Events
A summer festival held in shrines and temples in the sixth month of the lunar year. Rokugatsudo has a long history as a rite of summer in Kagoshima, and is popular with the locals.
A rice-planting festival that began about 400 years ago in the Hiyoshi region. People would dance around in the grounds of the shrine and in the muddy rice fields to pray for a year of good harvest.
A huge 3.45 meters tall doll of the legendary great man 'Yagorodon' is paraded around town. It is believed that you will enjoy a year of good health if you touch the doll.
Sendai Great Tug-of-War
A traditional event dating back more than 400 years, it is also known as 'Kenka Tsuna (Rope of War)'. It is an intense battle as teams of top-naked men pull on Japan's largest and heaviest rope.
One of Kagoshima's three largest events. Besides the procession of armor-clad warriors, there are also performances of Hioki City's folk performing arts.
Sports and Activities
The largest festival in southern Kyushu, about 20,000 dancers perform in a parade to the tune of Kagoshima's most-renowned folk song "Ohara Bushi".
Good Neighbors Jamboree
This event is set in a disused school Kawanabe Mori-no-Gakko in the middle of great nature, and features live performances, workshops and other creative activities.
Japan's first marathon of the year. The city's hospitality - cheering by local spectators and the serving of red bean soup and steamed sweet potatoes, is heartwarming indeed.
Kirishima International Music Festival
An internationally well-regarded music festival to which musicians from Japan and abroad gather to perform at the main venue of Miyama Concert Hall.
Tour de Minamisatsuma
A bicycle race in which you can enjoy the rich nature of Minamisatsuma City and the magnificient scenery of "Minamisatsuma Kaido Hakkei (The 8 Coastal Views of Minamisatsuma)".
Nature and Flowers
Senbon Icho (A Thousand Ginkgo Trees)
The thousand ginkgo trees in Tarumizu Senbon Icho Park turn the area into a shade of golden yellow in autumn.
An uninhabited island off the coast of Ibusuki's city center. A sandbar appearing at low tide connects the mystical island to the mainland, and you can walk across it at lower tides.
Sogi-no-taki Park Momiji Matsuri
A fun festival where you can spend the whole day enjoying the many stage performances and booths selling specialty products, and the autumn foliage around you.
Wintering Cranes in Izumi
Every year from mid-October to March, about 10,000 cranes designated as a protected species migrate from Siberia to spend the winter.
A phantasmal beach that appears only at low tide from April to October, it is a stunningly white sandbar located about 1.5 kilometers off the coast of Okaneku Beach.