QUALITY of 9 KYUSHU Scenic place where you experience the vitality and power of the symbol of Kyushu.

Kagoshima

Scenic place where you experience the vitality and power of the symbol of Kyushu.
Breathtaking scenery at Sakurajima

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Venezuela Delegate Edymar Martinez

2015 Miss International Venezuela Delegate Edymar Martinez
Breathtaking scenery at Sakurajima

Kagoshima

Ibusuki
The famous‘Sunamushi onsen’

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Japanese Delegate Sairi Shimomura

2016 Runner-UP Miss International Japanese Delegate Sairi Shimomura

2015 Miss International
Venezuela Delegate Edymar Martinez

2015 Miss International Venezuela Delegate Edymar Martinez

Ibusuki The famous ‘Sunamushi onsen’

Ibusuki is famous for ‘Sunamushi onsen,’ the steam sand hot springs. Visitors can enjoy this worldwide unique steam bath experience by being buried from toe to neck in warm sand whilst listening to the rolling of the tide, which is a truly blissful moment indeed. In the meantime you will start pouring sweat and then feel totally refreshed. Not only wearing off your daily fatigue, it also helps remove waste substances of your body and improve your skin and body conditions. Records show that sunamushi had already been used for therapeutic purposes at the end of Edo era. People in the past too seems recovered from their fatigue lying in the warm sand like we do today. There are various inns and facilities that provide sunamushi along with beauty-treatment or fancy cuisine, so you should check that out ahead of time.

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Ibusuki City ,Kagoshima Prefecture
+81-993(22)3252(Ibusuki City Tourism Association)

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Satsuma-age (Fried Fishcake) A flavor loved by locals
Satsuma-age (Fried Fishcake)A flavor loved by locals

Satsuma-age is a deep-fried fish cake from Kagoshima. It is affectionately called as “tsuke-age” or “tsukkyake,” in Kagoshima. Satsuma-age has a long history, and they say that it was brought from Ryukyu by joining Chinese deep-fried cooking techniques and kamaboko-making methods. Why don’t you compare different tastes and find your favorite restaurant?

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Ibusuki city, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81-993(22)3252(Ibusuki City Tourism Association)


Kagoshima

Scenic and historic Sengan-en
Splendid ‘borrowed scenery’ garden

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Japanese Delegate Sairi Shimomura

2016 Runner-UP Miss International Japanese Delegate Sairi Shimomura

2015 Miss International
Venezuela Delegate Edymar Martinez

2015 Miss International Venezuela Delegate Edymar Martinez

Scenic and historic Sengan-en Splendid ‘borrowed scenery’ garden

Sengan-en, the Shimazu family’s garden built in 1658, is a great scale of Japanese garden borrowing the spectacular view of Sakurajima volcano and Kinko-gulf as ‘tsukiyama,’ an artificial hill, and a pond. Inside this historic garden, there are various must-see places, one of which is the foundations of a reverberating furnace, registered as World Cultural Heritage Site in July 2015 as part of the Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution. When Nariakira Shimazu ordered to build this furnace for manufacturing iron cannons, a Dutch book was the only reference available for the construction. The palace called ‘Goten,’ where VIP guests used to stay, and the hydro power plant dam relics are also recommended to visit. Another popular location Tsurumine shrine is considered to be a spiritual power spot which gives those who visit or worship there beauty. Sengan-en also has restaurants and souvenir shops. Enjoying the view of Sakurajima over Kagoshima cuisine is another shining quality.

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Yoshino Town, 9700-1, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81-99(247)1551
Open daily 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

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Satsuma Kiriko A cut that reflects the artisan's skill
Satsuma KirikoA cut that reflects the artisan’s skill

Satsuma Kiriko cut glass is made of colorless glass plated with colored glass, with the cut pattern engraved and polished. In the late Edo era, it began to be produced as an export good for overseas, but around 1877, the production was paused once. About 120 years later, the original industry began to be restored and continues to the present. Recently, various kiriko works combined with traditional patterns and new designs have also been created. You can tour the production process at the kiriko factory next to Sengan-en.

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9700-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima city (Sengan-en)
+81-99(247)1551
8:30 am – 5:30 pm (Open all year round)

Karukan A rich and excellent confection
KarukanA rich and excellent confection

Karukan is a traditional Kagoshima confection that is made by steaming a mix of rice flour powder and grated Japanese yam. As the origin of the name is said to be “light yokan (sweet bean jelly),” it is a light, fluffy confection. Originally, karukan was in the form of a traditional Japanese confection, yokan, karukan manju, which is filled with red bean paste, has become popular in recent years. You can enjoy a simple, yet rich taste.

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Kagoshima city, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81-99(286)4700
(Kagoshima Convention & Visitors Bureau)


Kagoshima

Akune City
A city filled with rich nature and culture

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2016 Miss International Japanese Delegate Junna Yamagata

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Japanese Delegate Mari Schonfeld Masuda

2016 Runner-UP Miss International Japanese Delegate Mari Schonfeld Masuda

Akune City A city filled with rich nature and culture

Located in the northwest in Kagoshima prefecture, Akune is a town where beautiful nature and people live together. The city has a lot of different aspects that entertains visitors throughout the year, such as a satoyama village with its fireflies, Akune’s fish port with its plentiful landings, and fresh farm produce utilizing the warm weather. The Kuronoseto Strait, widely known as one of Japan’s three great rapid tides, is a scenic place mentioned in the ancient Manyoshu poetry and is also perfect as a fishing spot. Depending on the time of day, you may be able to see a tidal whirlpool. Situated in the middle of beautiful nature, the 500-meter length of the Kuronoseto Bridge connecting Akune city and Nagashima-cho offers a scenic view of the area.

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Akune city, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81-996(72)3646
(Akune City Tourism Association “Akune-machi-no-eki”)

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Wakimoto Beach A beach enjoyable all year around
Wakimoto Beach
A beach enjoyable all year around

This shallow beach continues for 3 kilometers and the water quality is selected as one of the “best 100 beaches in Japan.” It is not only for bathing, but also for surfing, fishing, and clamming throughout the year. We recommend you visit here to view the perfect sunset while feeling a sea breeze at the beach.

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Wakimoto, Akune city, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81-996(72)3646
(Akune City Tourism Association “Akune-machi-no-eki”)

Bontan-zuke Traditional sugar confectionery
Bontan-zuke
Traditional sugar confectionery

Bontan-zuke is a confection made with buntan or citrus maxima sugared. In fact, it has a deep connection with Akune. In 1772, a Chinese commercial ship was wrecked and washed ashore in Akune. They say that people in Akune treated the castaways with warm hospitality, and the fruit that the captain Sha Buntan gave the people as a sign of their appreciation became the current buntan. Please enjoy bontan-zuke, thinking about the history.

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Wakimoto, Akune city, Kagoshima Prefecture
+81-996(72)3646
(Akune City Tourism Association “Akune-machi-no-eki”)