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Updated : April 1, 2013

Seasonal Feature Articles

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A large green tea producing area, where you can enjoy new tea earlier than anywhere else in Japan.

Spring arrives early in Kagoshima, which is located in the southern part of Japan. Beautiful flowers bloom around the city, and the cherry-blossom-lined promenade along the Kotsuki River running through the city turns pink. Many people visit the city to enjoy blossom viewing. The town along the river is associated with many heroes who laid the foundations for modern Japan, and is the perfect place for a stroll through a historical area. If you wish to enjoy the splendid landscapes of a Japanese garden, Iso Teien of Sengan-en is a great place in which to do so. It is a famous garden built by the Shimazu family which ruled over the area in the Edo period. The garden incorporates Sakurajima and Kinko Bay into its design, and this dynamic view of magnificent nature is a stunning sight experienced nowhere else. Also, Kagoshima is a large green tea production area. The harvesting of new tea is conducted during this season, and you can enjoy green tea with a delightful, fresh aroma.

Enjoy marine sports while viewing the active volcano Sakurajima, up close.

This season is the perfect time for activities on the waterfront and you can enjoy a variety of marine sports. Bathing, yachting and sailing while viewing the grand Sakurajima right in front of you is an exhilarating experience. At the end of August, Kyushu’s largest firework festival is held, and volleys of powerful giant fireworks and refined original fireworks are launched against the backdrop of Sakurajima. The summer night sky comes alive in an array of colors, which reflect on the surface of the sea, creating a beautiful and impressive effect. Also in this season, you can enjoy eel, which the Japanese love as a food to recover strength in summer. Both adults and children are fond of unaju, which is white rice topped with plump, grilled eel in sauce, and the Japanese have a custom to eat eel on the day called the “midsummer day of the ox”.

Experience the delicious tastes of Japan - sushi, tempura and wagyu beef.

With mild temperatures and crisp blue skies, autumn is a pleasant season and various festivals are held in each area. One of Kagoshima’s three main events “Myoenji-mairi” which is associated with the bravery of Yoshihiro Shimazu (1535-1619), the 17th lord of the Shimazu family which used to rule this area, is held. In this event you can see samurai in armor, and experience traditional Japanese culture. In Japan, autumn is called the harvest season, as this is when agricultural crops are harvested, and the produce of the mountains and sea, grown in the abundant surrounding nature, becomes even more delicious. There are many products unique to Japan, such as Kagoshima black pork, which is soft and has a delicate sweetness, sushi made from freshly-caught seafood, kibinago sashimi flavored with vinegared miso, and tempura. In particular, Kagoshima black beef produced from cattle painstakingly raised in the natural surroundings is exceptional, and the superb balance between the fine characteristic softness of wagyu beef and the marbled fatty texture creates a melt-in-the-mouth deliciousness. The local liquor is distilled shochu made with sweet potatoes, and it is the perfect accompaniment to a meal.

Enjoy Japan’s top class hot springs from where you can feel the life flowing through a magnificent, active volcano.

Kagoshima City has a warm winter, and many sporting events take place, including a race which is held on the lava rock area of Sakurajima. It is a popular event, in which you can enjoy the stunning sight of the majestic nature of Sakurajima and Kinko Bay. Sakurajima, the symbol of Kagoshima, is an active volcano with a circumference of around 55 km, and it rises up above the bay. Even now, smoke rises from the volcano, giving you a strong sense of the beating of the earth. On the island, you can see the top part of the shrine torii gate which was almost completely buried in a past large eruption, the lava zone, and the crater area with continued eruptive activity. The high viewing platform offers impressive and dynamic 360 degree panoramic views. Even in Japan, which has many hot spring regions, Kagoshima City is a top class hot spring area in terms of water quantity and quality, and throughout the city there are waters which have various benefits. There are many highly-recommended hot springs, including those which have the unique appeal of overlooking the majestic volcano. Also in this season, yellowtail and great amberjack fish are fatty and become more delicious, and they go exceptionally well with Sakurajima daikon radish, which is the largest in the world. It is a popular combination which you can enjoy at a tasting event held in the city.

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