Japan Drive Route Guide

Area
Kyushu
Travel Period
4D3N
Route
4607
Overview
Start
Kagoshima
Goal
Kagoshima
Way
return_trip
Travel Pace
relaxing
Distance
440 km
Rank
Highway fee
¥ 3,400
About this route
This is a 4 days 3 nights driving route which covers almost the whole Kagoshima prefecture. A feature of this route is that you can visit Osumi peninsula including Ogawa falls and Cape Sata with car ferry. The travel pace is relaxing due to the short driving distance(only 440km for 4 days). It is also recommended for travelers who like Onsen because you will stay 3 nights at an inn with Onsen. The highlights of this route includeSenganen,Chiran Samurai house district, sand-bath in Ibusuki town, trekking at Ebino highland and walking aroundOgawa falls. Recommended food of this route include a Japanese set lunch in samurai house in Chiran, Bonito in Makurazaki city, umberjack fish at an unknown fisherman's restaurant in Sakurajima and Black Pork in Kirishima. In spring, you can enjoy cherry blossom,rape blossoms, roses and wisteria. In summer you can enjoy sun flowers. In autumn, you can enjoy colored ginkgo trees.

Kagoshima

rental_car
393 575 379*15
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Ibusuki

sightseeing
285 228 013*23
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Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan Museum

sightseeing
42 099 585*50
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Chiran Samurai house district

sightseeing
198 473 146*14
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Mt.Onodake Park

sightseeing
285 302 375
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Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan Museum

sightseeing
42 099 585*50
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Kagoshima Aquarium

sightseeing
42 038 123
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Shinshuan

restaurant
285 375 133*05
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Cafe201

restaurant
198 473 179*81
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Takian

sightseeing
No car park(Public parking MC:198 473 146*14)
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La chuaumiere

restaurant
Check Description
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Shiroyama Park Observation Deck

sightseeing
42 036 186
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Aeon Kagoshima

sightseeing
393 364 886
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Gas Station(Kagoshima Chuo Station)

public_facility
393 575 594*44
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Tenmonkan Street Parking

sightseeing
42 006 411*06
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Chiran Samurai house district

sightseeing
198 473 146*14
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Chiran Peace(Kamikaze) Museum

sightseeing
198 412 097
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Uomidake Natural Park

sightseeing
285 348 085
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Roadside Station Lake Ikeda paradise

public_facility
285 275 233
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Nippon Rent a Car(Kagoshima Chuo Station East Exit)

rental_car
393 575 379*15
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Cape Nagasakibana Parking Garden

sightseeing
648 565 864
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Flower Park Kagoshima

sightseeing
285 010 011
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Kaimon Submontane Park

sightseeing
285 006 886*04
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Satsuma Denshokan Museum

sightseeing
285 318 025
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Roadside Station Yamakawako port

public_facility
285 106 823
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Mameya Jyuroku

restaurant
285 227 015*03
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Chojyuan

restaurant
285 257 067*55
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Little Cafe

restaurant
285 317 315*24
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TAKETORA

restaurant
285 257 279*42
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Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi

restaurant
285 185 009
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Tosenkyo Somen Nagashi

restaurant
285 185 009
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Sand bath Sayuri

sightseeing
285 044 480
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Kuriya

restaurant
285 135 744*31
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Bairi

restaurant
285 432 601*70
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Happy Point

restaurant
393 062 016
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Kuromon

restaurant
393 575 329*42
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Jumbo Mochi Hirataya

restaurant
42 099 098*67
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Hirakawa Zoo

sightseeing
393 150 313
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Baripa

sightseeing
42 005 069*57
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aview Cafe & Flowers

restaurant
393 423 838*31
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Satsuma Eikokukan

restaurant
198 473 208*38
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La chuaumiere

restaurant
Check Description
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Nippon Rent a Car(Kagoshima Airport)

rental_car
42 776 306*25
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Mt.Onodake Park

sightseeing
285 302 375
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Gas Station(Kagoshima Airport)

public_facility
42 746 854
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Kagoshima Airport

public_facility
Check Description
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Ibusuki

sightseeing
285 228 013*23
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Ibusuki

sightseeing
285 228 013*23
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Cape Nagasakibana Parking Garden

sightseeing
648 565 864
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Makurazaki Osakana Center

sightseeing
198 034 868
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Nakahara Park

sightseeing
198 132 091*01
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Shinshuan

restaurant
285 375 133*05
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Cafe201

restaurant
198 473 179*81
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La chuaumiere

restaurant
Check Description
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Chiran Samurai house district

sightseeing
198 473 146*14
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Chiran Peace(Kamikaze) Museum

sightseeing
198 412 097
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Sand Bath SARAKU

sightseeing
285 228 013*23
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Uomidake Natural Park

sightseeing
285 348 085
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Roadside Station Lake Ikeda paradise

public_facility
285 275 233
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Cape Nagasakibana Parking Garden

sightseeing
648 565 864
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Flower Park Kagoshima

sightseeing
285 010 011
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Kaimon Submontane Park

sightseeing
285 006 886*04
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Sebira Park

sightseeing
285 180 020
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Satsuma Shuzo Distillery Meijigura

sightseeing
198 064 161*71
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Satsuma Denshokan Museum

sightseeing
285 318 025
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Roadside Station Yamakawako port

public_facility
285 106 823
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Kamafuta Shrine

sightseeing
648 875 666*60
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Makurazaki Osakana Center

sightseeing
198 034 868
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Nakahara Park

sightseeing
198 132 091*01
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Mameya Jyuroku

restaurant
285 227 015*03
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Chojyuan

restaurant
285 257 067*55
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Little Cafe

restaurant
285 317 315*24
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TAKETORA

restaurant
285 257 279*42
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Sand bath Sayuri

sightseeing
285 044 480
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Kuriya

restaurant
285 135 744*31
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Bairi

restaurant
285 432 601*70
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Hinokami Park

sightseeing
761 288 774
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Naniwa

restaurant
198 066 332*08
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Dining Bar ENGINE

restaurant
198 095 432*01
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AB Cafe

restaurant
648 877 277
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Kamegaoka

sightseeing
505 070 231
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Satsuma Eikokukan

restaurant
198 473 208*38
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La chuaumiere

restaurant
Check Description
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Mt.Onodake Park

sightseeing
285 302 375
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Ibusuki

sightseeing
285 228 013*23
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Kirishima

sightseeing
376 204 613*47
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Ogawa Falls

sightseeing
170 128 067*25
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Ajidokoro Okan

restaurant
393 414 066*86
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Tsubobatake

sightseeing
216 338 169*80
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Gas Station(Kagoshima Airport)

public_facility
42 746 854
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Kokubushiroyama Park

sightseeing
216 544 424
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Tsubobatake

sightseeing
216 338 169*80
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Tarumizu 1000 Ginkgo park

sightseeing
393 269 129
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Ajidokoro Okan

restaurant
393 414 066*86
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Arimura Observatory

sightseeing
393 501 019
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Kurokami Buried Shrine Gate

sightseeing
393 595 631*03
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Ogaku pottery

sightseeing
393 553 236
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Iodani Fumarolic Area

sightseeing
376 235 344*75
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Kirishima Onsen Market

sightseeing
376 204 613*47
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Kirishima Shrine

sightseeing
376 089 354
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Maruonotaki Falls

sightseeing
376 205 631*07
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Kushira peace park

sightseeing
170 891 712
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Tonkatsu Taketei

restaurant
170 792 367*13
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Kanoya Rose Garden

sightseeing
170 638 098
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Jyugoro Soba

restaurant
393 264 520*54
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Ebiyayoshi

restaurant
393 174 548*60
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Kamikawa Beach

sightseeing
170 365 521*74
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Eirakuso

restaurant
216 691 639*48
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Takatoge Azalea Park

sightseeing
472 362 633
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Arahira Tenjin Shrine

sightseeing
170 753 169
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Ogawa Falls

sightseeing
170 128 067*25
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Suwa Shrine(Kagoshima)

sightseeing
170 124 878*44
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Cape Sata Observatory Park

sightseeing
605 274 507
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Panolama Park Nishiharadai

sightseeing
170 003 827
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Wake Shrine&Inukai fall

sightseeing
216 841 449*18
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Ferry Nankyu(Yamakawa Port)

public_facility
285 136 103*82
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Ferry Nankyu(Nejime Port)

public_facility
170 151 416*40
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Kirin Shoten

sightseeing
376 045 590*24
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Kiriya Sakuraya

restaurant
42 569 567
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Roadside Station Yamakawako port

public_facility
285 106 823
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Kirishima

sightseeing
376 204 613*47
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Kagoshima

rental_car
393 575 379*15
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Kirishima Shrine

sightseeing
376 089 354
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Ryumon Falls(Kagoshima)

sightseeing
42 590 608*41
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Shiroyama Park Observation Deck

sightseeing
42 036 186
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Kagoshima Airport

public_facility
Check Description
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Nippon Rent a Car(Kagoshima Airport)

rental_car
42 776 306*25
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Gas Station(Kagoshima Airport)

public_facility
42 746 854
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Kirishima Shrine

sightseeing
376 089 354
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Kirishima Open Air Museum

sightseeing
Check Description
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Kokubushiroyama Park

sightseeing
216 544 424
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Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan Museum

sightseeing
42 099 585*50
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Shiroyama Park Observation Deck

sightseeing
42 036 186
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Aeon Kagoshima

sightseeing
393 364 886
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Nippon Rent a Car(Kagoshima Chuo Station East Exit)

rental_car
393 575 379*15
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Gas Station(Kagoshima Chuo Station)

public_facility
393 575 594*44
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Tenmonkan Street Parking

sightseeing
42 006 411*06
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Unagi Sueyoshi

restaurant
No car park(Public parking MC:42 006 411*06)
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Tontoro Ramen

restaurant
No car park (Public parking MC:42 006 411*06)
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Komurasaki

restaurant
No car park (Public parking MC:42 006 411*06)
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TENMONKAN MUJAKI

restaurant
No car park (Public parking MC:42 006 411*06)
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Karen(Kagoshima)

restaurant
No car park (Public parking MC:42 006 411*06)
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Sushi Madoka

restaurant
42 034 405*08
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Kagomma Furusato Yatai village

restaurant
393 575 741*42
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Kamou Hachiman Shrine

sightseeing
42 638 407*37
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Iodani Fumarolic Area

sightseeing
376 235 344*75
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Maruonotaki Falls

sightseeing
376 205 631*07
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Kirishima Onsen Market

sightseeing
376 204 613*47
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Taiguruma

restaurant
42 527 749*22
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Kareigawa Station

sightseeing
42 867 660*38
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Kurobutano Yakata

restaurant
216 787 621
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Fukufuku(Kajiki Branch)

restaurant
42 527 616*45
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Barrel Valley Praha & Gen

sightseeing
42 775 205
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Eirakuso

restaurant
216 691 639*48
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Olive no Ki

restaurant
376 089 426*31
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Kimamana Kitchen

restaurant
376 204 639*23
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Kuromon

restaurant
393 575 329*42
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Jumbo Mochi Hirataya

restaurant
42 099 098*67
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Terayama Park observatory

sightseeing
42 253 692
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Baripa

sightseeing
42 005 069*57
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aview Cafe & Flowers

restaurant
393 423 838*31
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MATHERuBA Cafe

restaurant
147 025 203*06
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Wake Shrine&Inukai fall

sightseeing
216 841 449*18
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Ryumon Falls(Kagoshima)

sightseeing
42 590 608*41
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Kirin Shoten

sightseeing
376 045 590*24
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Takachiho farm

sightseeing
227 000 827
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Kiriya Sakuraya

restaurant
42 569 567
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Ebino Kogen Plateau

other
376 416 043*00
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Day. 1Kagoshima to Ibusuki
This journey will take you from Kagoshima to Ibusuki. You can have a relaxing day because the travel distance is only about 90km. In the morning, let's drive to the Senganen Garden(仙巌園). Here there is the house of the Shimazu family who strongly contributed to the Japan modernization and from here you can enjoy an idyllic Sakurajima view from their beautiful garden. The main highlight of this day The main highlight of this day has to be the Chiran Samurai House District (知覧武家屋敷) which is listed as a preserved district, which has traditional buildings with a strong 270 years of history. You can enjoy walking through 7 Samurai houses with beautiful Japanese gardens. You also can have a delicious lunch and tea in this town. Our driving map will guide you directly to some Japanese restaurants within Samurai houses and famous English tea houses. After lunch, the Chiran Peace Museum(知覧特攻平和会館) is worth stopping by. This is a museum dedicated to the young men who were chosen to become Kamikaze (suicidal attack) pilots. If you still have time, it is recommended to drop off at Mt. Onodake Park(大野岳公園). From the observatory visitors can see a panoramic view of Mt. Kaimondake and the tea plantations spread out all around the area. Ibusuki is nationally famous for its sand bathes. It is recommended to reach your inn early so that you can enjoy it and an Onsen as well. If you don't stay at an inn with a sand bath facility, you also can go to a one-day sand bath. In addition, be sure that there are amazing cherry blossom and rape blossom places on this route in spring. If you will travel in this period, our daily driving map will guide you directly to these spots. It is really worth seeing them so please make it your priority to visit there.
Rent a car at Kagoshima
Return a car at Kagoshima If you choose "One way route", you need to return your rental car at Kagoshima city. Below 2 branches are recommended. ①Kagoshima Chuo Station East Exit Branch : For travelers who take Shinkansen(Bullet train) to Fukuoka. ②Kagoshima Airport Branch : For travelers who take international or domestic flight from Kagoshima airport.
Stay at Ibusuki
You will stay in Ibusuki(指宿) city on this day. Ibusuki is a town famous nationwide for hot sand baths. Some hotels and Ryokans have not only normal Onsen but own sand baths facility as well and highly recommended. Ibusuki is consider as countryside. Restaurants, shops and convenience stores are very limited and difficult to find place to have dinner and breakfast. Don't forget to book plan with dinner and breakfast. Most of accommodations don't charge parking fee.
Day. 2Ibusuki to Ibusuki
This will be the day between two consecutive stays in Ibusuki town. You can have a relaxing day because the mileage is only about 110km and you don’t need to pack your luggage. If you haven't tried a sand bath yet, let's go to a one day sand bath first. Then, first destination is the Cape Nagasakibana(長崎鼻), which is located at the most southern part of the Satsuma Peninsula. You can enjoy the sight of the majestic Mt. Kaimondake. You also can stop by Flower Park Kagoshima(フラワーパークかごしま) near there. Then, you can head to Makurazaki(枕崎) city which is famous for the Bonito fish and the traditional distilled liquor named Shochu(焼酎). It is recommended to visit the fish market Makurazaki Osakana Center(枕崎お魚センター). You can buy their specialty Katsuobushi(dried bonito) there. It is also recommended to eat a fresh bonito here or visit a restaurant near the center for lunch. After that, you also can visit the Satsuma Shuzo Distillery Meijigura(薩摩酒造蒸溜所 明治蔵). It is one of the biggest Shochu distillery and is definitely worth visiting. From Hinokami Park(火之神公園), you will encounter breath taking view. When you go back to Ibusuki town, let's stop by at Nakahara Park(中原公園). It is unknown small park but where you will be surprised by its panoramic tea plantation view.
Stay at Ibusuki
You will stay in Ibusuki(指宿) city on this day. Ibusuki is a town famous nationwide for hot sand baths. Some hotels and Ryokans have not only normal Onsen but own sand baths facility as well and highly recommended. Ibusuki is consider as countryside. Restaurants, shops and convenience stores are very limited and difficult to find place to have dinner and breakfast. Don't forget to book plan with dinner and breakfast. Most of accommodations don't charge parking fee.
Day. 3Ibusuki to Kirishima
On this day you will be heading from Ibusuki famous sand bath resorts to Kirishima The distance is about 150km and you also need to take a car ferry from Yamakawa port to Nejime port. There are many sightseeing spots along this road so it is then highly recommended to depart as early as possible in the morning. Please ask your hotel staff to book the ferry in advance. You can check details from the Yamakawa port page. Please book the ferry either departing at 8:00am or 10:00am at the latest. Once you reach Nejime port, the first recommendation is Panolama Park Nishiharadai(パノラマパーク西原台) located 10km away. You can enjoy a panoramic view of Sakurajima island and Mt. Kaimondake from altitude of 439m. The biggest highlight of this day is Ogawa Falls(雄川の滝) the unknown waterfall which can be accessed by a traveler who chooses this driving route only. It is required to walk on a 1.2km walking trail to reach the waterfall but it is highly recommended that if you are able to walk that distance you do. Cape Sata Observatory Park(佐多岬) located in the southernmost point of Kyushu is also recommended. However, it will take 90 minutes to return from Nejime port so please control your schedule. Today's recommended lunch is the secret fisherman's restaurants which are unknown by foreign tourists. Their ambejack fish is amazing. Please check the map. After that, let's stop by Tsubobatake(坂元のくろず壺畑情報館) where they have been producing black vinegar in a traditional way for more than 200 years. Then, you can head to the Kirishima (霧島) area where there are many other sightseeing spots like a farm, a highland, a park where Onsen steam blows out from the ground, and so on. At night, please take a rest at a traditional Onsen in Kirishima. In addition, there are many nice flower spots with roses, azaleas and cherry blossoms. If you travel in the blooming period, our daily driving maps will guide you directly to these spots.
Stay at Kirishima
You will stay in Kirishima(霧島) on this day. Kirishima is a very famous hot spring resort. You can choose from a reasonable 3-star ryokan to a 5-star ryokan which provide you a wonderful dinner and an amazing Onsen facilities. Kirishima area is consider as countryside. Restaurants, shops and convenience stores are very limited and difficult to find place to have dinner and breakfast. Don't forget to book plan with dinner and breakfast. Most of accommodations don't charge parking fee.
Day. 4Kirishima to Kagoshima
Today the journey will take you from Kirishima to Kagoshima. You can have a relaxing day because the mileage is only about 100km. If you are an onsen lover it is good idea to enjoy it in the morning before your departure. The first destination is Kirishima Jingu Shrine(霧島神宮). In the morning, there are few tourists allowing you to feel the solemn atmosphere. Kirishima Open Air Museum(霧島アートの森) or trekking at Ebino Kogen Plateau(えびの高原) are also recommended but more time is required, so please control your schedule. You have many lunch options such as a. nice atmosphere cafe, Black Pork, ramen, revolving sushi and so on today. Let's find your favorite from our recommendation located in MyMap. After lunch you can stop by Ryumon Falls(龍門滝) and then head to Kagoshima city. If you haven't visit Sengan-en(仙巌園), it is highly recommended to reach there at least 1 hour before closing time. The final destination is Shiroyama Park Observation Deck(城山公園展望台). You will be amazed with Sakurajima, the symbol of Kagoshima, lluminated by the setting sun and night view of Kagoshima city.
Return a car at Kagoshima
Return a car at Kagoshima If you choose "One way route", you need to return your rental car at Kagoshima city. Below 2 branches are recommended. ①Kagoshima Chuo Station East Exit Branch : For travelers who take Shinkansen(Bullet train) to Fukuoka. ②Kagoshima Airport Branch : For travelers who take international or domestic flight from Kagoshima airport.
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