Located beside Kagoshima Masjid Halal Food and Spices is a grocer that sells Halal meat and other foods. 

Kagoshima, Japan



Located beside Kagoshima Masjid Halal Food and Spices is a grocer that sells Halal meat and other foods. 


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kagoshima masagocho 84-18 Kagoshima, Kagoshima



+81 90-8397-4488

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  • 6 Ways You Can Experience Wakanda in Real Life [Updated]

    Picture Credit - Original Image © Marvel Studios' Black Panther ***Spoiler alert!!!***   The following article contains spoilers from the Black Panther film.  You have been warned! via GIPHY Marvel Studio’s Black Panther has been making waves online for its empowering representation of a futuristic, ethnic hybrid of pan-African culture and civilisation that is Wakanda.  Fans all over the world have been raving over the beauty and significance of all sorts of details in the film.  So, we're taking a look at 6 features of Wakanda's technology, fashion, nature, culture and diplomacy that you can actually experience in real life. Check out our top Travel Destinations for 2018 Find things to do on our Halal Travel Blog   1.      Ride a Maglev train Picture Credit - Tim Adams, Agent Ross: These...these train things, that’s magnetic levitation, right?Shuri: Obviously!Agent Ross: Obviously? I’ve never seen it this...efficient.  The light panels, what are they?Shuri: Sonic stabilisersAgent Ross: Sonic what?Shuri: In its raw form, Vibranium is too dangerous to be transported at that speed, so I developed a way to temporarily deactivate it.Agent Ross: There’s Vibranium on those trains?Shuri:  There’s Vibranium all around us. That’s how I healed you. via GIPHY While we may not have Vibranium, Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) trains actually exist in real life!  There are only three countries in the world right now that have them: China, South Korea and Japan, and while they don’t have sonic stabilisers to temporarily disable raw Vibranium at high speeds, these trains can move pretty fast!  Maglev trains average over 300km/h, and have clocked in maximum speeds of above 500km/h.  Some trains, like the ones in China, also have an LED signboard to tell you how fast they’re going, so it could be an Instagram-worthy moment to capture if you ever find yourself in the Far East. Picture credit - Bernt Rostad, Right now, the Maglev trains in South Korea and China are relatively new compared to Japan’s, so they might be better for those who just want to experience a shorter ride, exploring the attractions around Shanghai or Incheon.  China’s Shanghai Maglev train can take you from Pudong International Airport to Longyang Road Station, while South Korea’s Ecobee can take you from Incheon International Airport to Yongyu, 6 stops away. Find Attractions near you in Shanghai, China Find Attractions near you in South Korea For those who crave longer journeys, you can get yourself a Japan Rail Pass to get train tickets at discounted rates. The Shinkasen, Japan’s Maglev, runs through pretty much the whole country, so you’d be able to visit Mount Fuji in Shizuoka, go shopping in Kagoshima and relax at an Onsen in Semboku City, even if you were travelling for just a few days. Picture Credit -   In the works: The Hyperloop Vactrain Picture Credit - Reuters Dubai is upping the tech ante by working with Elon Musk to build the Hyperloop, its own Vactrain; a Maglev train that operates within a vacuum tunnel. Without any air resistance, it can reach speeds of up to 1200km/h (theoretically!)  A prototype is slated for completion by 2020, the route connecting Dubai to Abu Dhabi.  Right now, it takes slightly over 1 hour 30 minutes by car, and 1 hour 40 minutes by metro.  With the Hyperloop, the estimated travel time is an incredible 12 minutes, which would be great for locals and tourists alike, so there'll be much more opportunities to explore both Abu Dhabi and Dubai!   2.      Remotely pilot a drone (and ride self-driving vehicles) Picture Credit - In Black Panther, we see Shuri remotely driving a car while T’Challa battles the baddies, and Agent Ross pilots a Wakandan aircraft remotely from Shuri’s lab. While we’re still some way from remote-piloted cars being commercially available, you can content yourself with remote-piloting a remote control (RC) drone with a camera.   As for riding a vehicle without actually driving it, the closest thing we have right now are probably self-driving vehicles, like the electric pods in London, at the London Heathrow Airport: Picture Credit - You can also grab a ride on a driverless shuttle around Gardens by the Bay, if you’re in Singapore: Picture Credit - If being on the ground isn’t exciting enough for you, you can place your hopes in Dubai, where they've pilot-tested self-flying taxis to be rolled out some time in 2021: Picture credit -   3.      Promote distinct, modest fashion Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studios' Black Panther Black Panther featured an ethnically inspired fashion from all over Africa, which is great for its unique, colourful and fresh perspective it gave the fashion industry.  In Indonesia, some have commented on how life imitates art... Picture Credit - Rima Wahyuningrum, ...and how art imitates life: Picture Credit - Besides ethnically inspired African fashion, Modest fashion also happens to be facing a similar trend in rising interest as a distinct philosophy and design attitude. More and more big names in fashion have been releasing modest fashion lines in their endeavours to capture a slice of the Muslim market, the most recent one being Macy’s.'s Ramona Aly reports that, “according to a recent report from Thomson Reuters and Dinar Standard globally, Muslims spent £185 billion on clothing and footwear in 2013. That tops the total fashion spend of Japan and Italy combined.” With so much potential from the Muslim travel and fashion markets, dignified beautification is, in sha Allah, fast becoming the next big thing in the fashion world. Here’s some ethnically inspired modest fashion designs: Picture Credit - @hijabstyleicon, Instagram Picture Credit - @YazTheSpaz89, Pinterest   4. Stunning Natural Locations Picture Credit - Still from trailer, © Marvel Studio's Black Panther Black Panther sure had a lot of impressive filming locations, and what better way to destress than to leave the hustle and bustle of the city, watch the sunset with a loved one, or gaze at the stars?  Here, we look at four of the stunning natural scenes in this section: the ancestral plains, the mountains and the waterfalls.   Savannah Grasslands Sunsets When T’Challa is sent to the ancestral plane to meet his father, we see them set in a beautiful Savanna Grassland. For us at least, it's a good thing we don't have to go to the ancestral plane to experience this, in Africa!    Mountain sunsets Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studios' Black Panther   Having bested Killmonger, we see T’Challa honour Kilmonger’s final request to see the Wakandan sun, set behind the mountains.  Those mountains may have been in Wakanda, but if it’s just mountains you’re looking for, any mountain will do, right?   The beauty and majesty of these natural formations never fail to inspire awe in their visitors, and the best part is, there are literally hundreds of mountains out there in every continent of the world.   View from the top of Jerangkang waterfall, Pahang, Malaysia: Picture Credit - mohdfaizaladha, Instagram   Find a majestic mountain near you Waterfalls (with lakes at the bottom) Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studios' Black Panther The landscape shots for the river district, where the proving rituals were done, was filmed in Iguazu Falls, Argentina (the close-up scenes were filmed in a studio set), but with so many waterfalls in the world, there’s something for everyone, no matter where you are. Victoria Falls, Zambia-Zimbabwe border Niagria Falls, Canada Plitvice Falls, Croatia Picture Credit - Dua Warna Falls, Sibolangit, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia Picture Credit - Ariana Photography, Sri Gethuk Falls, Menggoran Beleberan Village, Playen, Yogyakarta, Indonesia Picture Credit - Soga Soegierto, Find a wondrous waterfall near you 5. Learn a Foreign Language Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studios' Black Panther In the film, we see the Wakandans speaking English and Xhosa, (and Nakia apparently speaks Korean, too!)  Learning to become a specialist in one or more languages might open your doors to more exciting opportunities, and in today’s fast-changing world, who knows how knowing a foreign language could come in handy?   You can try taking up diplomatic work like Nakia does, or do business in new and emerging markets around the world.   Also, you may not necessarily have to learn a new language to understand one, and be understood.  The Google Translate app lets you use your camera for instant text translation: Picture Credit - Google LLC, Google's other translation product, the Google Pixel Earbuds, can translate 40 spoken languages for you on the go.  Paired with the Google Assistant, you can even ask it for directions to nearby amenities, making the wireless earbuds a potential, worthy travel companion to consider.  Note that an Assistant-enabled Android device and a data connection is required for these features, though.     Picture Credit -   6. Build Bridges! Picture Credit - Still from © Marvel Studio's Black Panther “We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” - T'Challa T’Challa’s  message to build bridges strongly resonates with the Muslim experience of the war on terror and Islamophobia.  The constant reinforcement of terrorism and “Islamic” radicalisation in the media means that Muslims have to reach out to their neighbours, now more than ever, to promote peace and mutual understanding between peoples from all walks of life, no matter where they are in the world. Hence, here are four initiatives that one can get involved in to build bridges.   The Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies The Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies is an annual forum to address and diminish and hatred and clarify Islam’s position as a religion of peace and justice.  The forum was responsible for convening the Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities together with the Moroccan government in Marrakesh, Morocco. UN Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) The United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) mentions in their Vision Statement that they work “toward a more peaceful, more socially inclusive world, by building mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities, and highlighting the will of the world’s majority to reject extremism and embrace diversity.”  The Organisation hosts and sponsors an entire spectrum of initiatives to this end.   Study Peace Studies Picture Credit - Best Goods on Sale, Yes, you can actually become a scholar in peace studies!  Peace studies programmes tend to be at the postgraduate level, so you won't have to worry if you've already got a degree in any field. In any case, what better way is there to prepare for the role of promoting peace, than by actually spending some time to study it? There are peace studies programmes found in literally every continent, so if you’re considering a career in diplomacy, scholarship or a career in an NGO, this might be a very possible path to pursue to build bridges. Promote Inter-faith Relations Picture Credit - Harmony Centre @ An-Nahdhah Mosque, Singapore | Facebook It might seem counter-intuitive for the adherent of one religion to study another religion, but according to Dr Marianne Moyaert, a professor at VU University Amsterdam, interfaith experiences can lead a person to become more committed to their own tradition, because understanding the other requires understanding the self.  The process can cause individuals to become more rooted and more vast in their understanding as they encounter the depth and breadth of the landscape of human spirituality. Enjoining good neighbourly relations with the members of other communities also helps raise awareness about the true, upright character of Islam and dispels any misgivings that non-Muslims may have.   Wakanda's Spirit lives on... Picture Credit - Wakanda may not exist in real life, but if the film was inspired by real people, real places, real ideas and real practices, at least we know that the spirit of Wakanda is out there, and not just in Africa! So get up and get going, because Wakanda awaits! Check out our top travel destinations for 2018 Find things to do on our Halal travel blog...

  • A Muslim traveler's guide to Japanese Onsens

    It is indeed fascinating that Muslim traveller nowadays can have so many conveniences when travelling to Japan. There are many facilities that are catered toward Muslim travellers offered by Japan National Tourism Organization and by Japan local businesses, ranging from prayer locations, Halal food, to even secure and convenient Muslim-friendly accommodation spawling all over Japan. As a result, Japan has become one of the major destinations for Muslim travellers in the last couple of years. Picture Credit -    Japanese festivals, culture and traditions have also become magnets to attract tourism to Japan. One of the Japanese traditions focused herein is the Japanese hot spring bath. As an island nation endowed with many volcanoes, Japan has many hot springs all over the country and this has spurred the hot spring bath tradition since hundreds of years ago.    The Top 10 of Japanese hot spring (or "onsen" in local language) are Kusatsu Onsen Gunma, Hakone Onsen Kanagawa, Yufui Onsen Oita, Kurokawa Onsen Kumamoto, Beppu Onsen Oita, Gero Onsen Gifu, Noboribetsu Onsen Hokkaido, Kinosaki Onsen Hyogo, Ibusaki Onsen Kagoshima and Dogo Onsen Ehime.   Taking a bath in the onsen said to be one of the reasons why many Japanese have excellent health and long life. Taking baths in a small tub is already a daily routine in Japanese homes. However, the difference between this and bathing in the onsen is that the onsen contains rich natural minerals that are beneficial for health, and also in regard to the customary tradition in taking an onsen bath.   Regrettably, many Muslim tourists visiting Japan tend to overlook the opportunity to try this interesting Japanese tradition. This is especially due to the traditional custom of hot spring bath in Japan that is perceived to be somewhat unique; it is a customary in Japan to partake in the onsen bath together with other people, even with strangers, without any bathing suit whatsoever. Indeed, this is the biggest challenge to us Muslim. Taking a communal bath in the nude is not our normal custom; moreover, it is not permissible according to Islamic law.   Nevertheless, as a Muslim, it is actually possible for us to try the sensation of Japanese hot spring bath. So how can we do that?   Some well-known onsens in Japan actually provide separate rooms to enjoy a private onsen bath experience. Since these private onsen cabins are separated from the main public one, visitors can enjoy a nice onsen bath experience without mixing with other patrons and away from prying eyes.    In these private onsen facilities, the hot spring is usually contained in a large bathtub hence the shortcoming is that the private onsen rooms usually do not look quite natural, as they are indoors though there are exceptions to this. For most private onsens,  private rooms can be booked by a family with a maximum of 3 family members, and children under the age of 10 years old. However, if the available hot spring tub is larger then more than 3 family members may be admitted.   Furthermore, there are two ways to try hot spring baths at a Japanese onsen. You can stay at a Ryokan (Japanese traditional hotel) that provides onsen on site. Alternatively, you can come in as a walk-in customer, but you need to make sure beforehand whether the Onsen operators will accept walk-in guests.   Here are some of my personal experiences in Kinosaki Onsen and Hakone Onsen enjoying onsen bath as a Muslim traveller.   KINOSAKI ONSEN. Another picture by Lili Lengkana at Kinosaki Onsen during Sakura Season   Kinosaki-shi is a favourite place for Japanese people and also visiting tourists to enjoy this healthy onsen bath. I had a chance to visit it with my son to try the onsen experience. Since we were based in Kyoto during our Japan travel adventure whilst Kinosaki is located in the northwest of Tokyo, so we had to take a train to reach there.   There are two onsens in Kinosaki that have private onsen facilities, which is Ichino-yu and Jizou-you. My son and I eventually chose Ichino-yu to try this experience. In this regard, I would like to remind you that it is actually better if you can make an appointment and book your onsen session one day in advance since you might not be able to try the private onsen if they were fully booked, especially in the holiday season.   Even though my son is my mahram, he was almost 9 years old at that time and the awrah of a Muslimah have to be covered, so I decided to use a Muslimah bathing suit when I use the onsen tub. As the rules of onsen mention that clothing is not allowed in the tub so please do so at your own discretion. The onsen is closed and private for us during our session so we did not have to worry about being bothered by the onsen staff.  Do make sure, however, to wash first before you soak into the onsen tub.    HAKONE ONSEN View at daytime at one of Ryokan at Hakone Onsen area that I stayed   The onsens in Hakone have a very beautiful scenery as the onsens there are located in the ryokans encircling Lake Hakone with Mount Fuji in the background. Most of the ryokans here have private onsen facilities, with many of them located outdoor on the roof of the hotel.    During our trip, My family and I stayed at one of the ryokans on the hill that has private onsen tub outdoor on the roof, yet the ryokan is secluded enough so that these private onsen tubs are still be protected from public view. The advantage of having the private onsen on the roof is obviously the scenery. Whilst soaking in the onsen tub we can enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Hakone and Mount Fuji, which is an unforgettable experience. In the night time, you can enjoy the romantic view of the moon and stars.    Even though the private onsen is located outdoor, you won't have to worry about the privacy as these ryokans have designed their private onsen in such a way that they will still be hidden from the view of the public. If you willing to spend more money, you can try booking a Ryokan with private onsens inside your room so you can enjoy the bath experience with the whole family freely.   You can also do an online search of all ryokans that have private onsen facility. It will be a big miss if we travel to Japan without experiencing the sensation of Japanese onsen bath.     Viet at night time from my Onsen bath point of view with a Fuji Yama and Lake Hakone as a back drop.   You can also do an online search of all ryokans that have private onsen facility. It will be a big miss if we travel to Japan without experiencing the sensation of Japanese onsen bath.   Important things to note:   It is advisable to bring your own towel if you are a walk-in guest to the onsen. Otherwise, you will be charged to rent a towel, which can go for JPY 300 on top of the onsen ticket price.   The rate for 40-minute private onsen session in Ichino-yu is JPY 3,000 for a maximum of 3 persons.   If you are trying natural onsen for the first time, you have to be very careful as the average temperature for natural onsen is 59 degrees Celcius, which is very hot for most of us. Therefore, please refrain from jumping straight into the tub; you can also ask the onsen staff to add cold water to the tub to cool down the temperature. We advise a temperature of 49 degrees Celcius for those trying natural onsen for the first time. Though your body has to be adapted to the temperature of the water; when you have soaked in it for a couple of minutes you will get a wonderful and unforgettable feeling.   Make sure you clean yourself (and your bathing suit) properly (by taking a full complete bath) before soaking into the onsen tub (and after your session obviously). Don't worry about bringing the soap and shampoo; they are already provided to you free of charge.   It is not advisable for Muslimah to go into the Ladies only public onsen as wearing clothing ( bathing suits included) is not allowed in most onsens. Hence booking private onsens could prove to be the better option.   You can travel by local train or by JR Line all over Japan to go to your onsen destination. You can buy tourist 1 day, 5 days or monthly ticket that either includes Shinkansen (bullet train) or normal JR Line train.    Lastly,  be sure to check which train would take to your destination, the train schedules and even which station track you will be using.   ...

  • Where can you find Halal Food and Mosques in Kagoshima?

    Kagoshima is called many things - the “Naples of the Eastern World”, the “Southern Gateway to Japan”, and even the “Hawaii of Japan”. The capital of the Kagoshima Prefecture is known for its pleasant climate, friendly locals, and the Sakurajima Volcano. Most people don’t think of Japan as Muslim-friendly, but the Japanese are more welcoming to Muslim than many realise. This is proven by the availability of separate rooms at hot spring baths; amongst other gestures. The Islamic Centres of Kagoshima and Satsuma (SICC and KICC) aim to unify the incredibly diverse Muslim community, improve their services, and connect better with interfaith communities. There is an array of ethnicities, races and cultures within the Muslim community, including South Asians, Arabs, Turks, Japanese, Chinese, Africans, Caucasians and more.   Where to pray? Prayer room at Kagoshima International Airport: Along with Halal food, one of the accommodations that needed to be made were that of accessible prayer areas, the most important one being at the airport - a tourist’s gateway to and from Kagoshima. With increasing number of Muslim tourists, the government of Kagoshima has complied, and Muslims will be able to find prayer facilities in Kagoshima. The prayer room at Kagoshima International Airport makes the lives of traveling Muslims that much easier. Prayer room at the Kagoshima University: The university prayer room attracted nearly a hundred students in 2014, because of which, the Kagoshima Islamic Culture Centre (KICC) decided to build a mosque. Prayer room at Shiroyama Kanko Hotel: The upscale hot spring hotel in a modern brick building which provides guests with comfortable rooms and amenities, also has a prayer room. Located a ten minute cab ride away from Kagoshima-Chuo Station and overlooking Sakurajima, it is a convenient location to take a prayer break. You could also pray at the Kagoshima Islamic Culture Centre, as well as at a restaurant called Kakuida Fukuyama Kurozu.   Where to eat? The options of Halal food in Kagoshima is limited, but it is not impossible to find. Some restaurants do serve vegetarian, so when in doubt, always go vegetarian! Places like A-Price in Jounan-Chuo, Akebono Kishaba shop, and Gyoumu Super fulfil your Halal needs.  Recently opened in September 2015, is the increasingly popular Rajpoot Halal Foods and Spices. Located next to the Kagoshima Masjid, it is a very convenient stop, and a much-loved venture, for the Muslims in Kagoshima. Featuring Indian and Middle Eastern groceries, Halal meat, snacks and spices, this grocery store is rightly favoured in the Muslim community. Jah Kebab is a Turkish restaurant that serves Halal meat, while Samurai Ramen has vegetarian options. Remember to make sure your dish is free of alcohol when eating out, as it is common among Japanese cuisine, even in the soy sauce. Seafood is popular in the cuisine too, with a lot of sashimi and sushi amid a plethora of others, but sake, mirin, and wine are typical ingredients in the dishes, so watch out!   Japan has become more open to the world and the Islamic society, which is evident in its diverse Muslim community and the small steps they have taken to accommodate the needs of this religious minority.     Click here for more travel information and trip ideas on Kagoshima City ...

  • 8 Must-Try Dishes in Kagoshima

    With so much to see and do in Kagoshima, eating your way through the city is sure to be on your list. As you explore the sights and sounds, don’t miss out on these classic Kagoshima dishes as well. Known as the Satsuma cuisine, this southern gateway to Japan has food with a very distinctive taste. It might be an acquired taste, but whist you’re there, be sure to try it out!   Click here to find Halal dishes near you Kibinago (Silver Herring) One of the most popular dishes in Kagoshima is this tiny silver herring served as sashimi, normally paired with a soybean vinegar paste. It is a specialty to Kagoshima since the fish is only found around the area due to warm currents. The tiny fish are eaten best with a vinegar Miso or soy sauce, but the Kibinago Tempura with its deep fried batter is a favourite as well.    Satsumaage (Fishcake) Not only one of the most popular dishes in the area, satsumaage is also known nation-wide. This dried minced fish paste is made using various types of fish – usually mackerel, sardine or bonito, and deep fried to crispy perfection. Vegetables and pickled ginger are generally added to enhance the flavour. Some have shochu (a local wine) mixed in, so take care and ask before you order!    Somen-Nagashi (Cold “Swimming” Noodles) This is the most fun way you will ever eat your noodles! Open throughout the year, the Somen-Nagashi in Tosenkyo ravine in Kaimon serves the noodles in natural spring water, giving it a refreshing taste. A pipe made of bamboo serves as the dish for the noodles, with people on either side of it ready with bowls of dipping sauce. Once the server yells “Ikuyo!” – which translates to “Hey, somen is coming. Are you ready?” – the noodles are sent down the pipe, waiting to be picked off and dipped in the sauce using chopsticks. Not as easy as it may seem, this sport takes a while to get the hang of, but it definitely gives eating another dimension! Some dipping sauces, including a ready-made sauce, contains mirin, so request to have it without it.   Jambo Mochi (Twin Skewered Glutinous Rice Balls) Getting its name from the different sized swords carried by Samurai warriors, freshly pounded glutinous rice balls (mochi) are skewered on two bamboo sticks that resemble those swords (jambo). The mochi is then basted in a sweet sauce made from miso and black sugar, thickened with starch. Soy sauce is also a flavour option, and they both go perfectly with the soft mochi.    Shirokuma (Shaved Ice Dessert) This popular dessert is exactly what it states – shaved ice drowned in condensed milk and plenty of fruit. This simple sweet comes with a lot of history, and brings about nostalgia in the citizens of Kagoshima. Translated as “polar bear”, some say the name comes from the label of the can of condensed milk that was used when the dessert first originated, while others say it comes from the appearance of the sweet. Regardless of where it came from, this is a taste that every visitor to Kagoshima should experience.    Tea and Karukan (Steamed Rice Cake) Besides being the second largest producer of green tea in Japan, Kagoshima also prides itself on being the first prefecture to harvest the tea every year, thanks to its warm climate. The rich flavour of the tea is paired perfectly with karukan, a steamed rice cake made from yams, non-glutinous rice and sugar. The high quality of the yams, along with their sweet fragrance, favours karukan as a gift item.    Sakurajima Daikon (Radish) The largest radish in the world, the Sakurajima Daikon weighs anything from 20kg to 30kg, sometimes even more. Grown in volcanic ash since a rice crop wouldn’t thrive, the masses of radishes planted since 1804 have flourished in terms of their size. Recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest radish, it is delicious when eaten raw, cooked, or pickled. So when in the area, make sure to locate a restaurant serving the vegetable in a multitude of ways!     Click here for more travel information and trip ideas on Kagoshima City...

  • 5 Uniquely Diverse Aspects of Kagoshima

    Kagoshima is most-known for Sakurajima, its very own active volcano. Curiosity about living around a volcano that still splutters ash and lava is what makes this attraction so magnetic, but there are a number of other unique aspects to this place that deems a visit. The nature is so diverse here, that it cannot be missed.   Kirishima One of the first designated national parks and richly diverse, the Kirishima mountain range is perfect for light walking, hiking, or trekking. Enjoy the splendid blue of the crater lake, Lake Onami, at the highest altitude in Japan, the wild birds and nature as you absorb them, and the stunning view surrounding your climb. Takachiho, the highest peak, turns the mountainside pink during spring, which is an incredible sight, while the rivers are so hot that they make the perfect hot spring soak after a climb.   Uenohara Site During construction in 1997, excavators stumbled across pit dwellings, which confirmed that the historic ruins discovered in 1986, belonged to a village that dated back to 14,000-300 BC. They were the oldest records of human habitation in Japan. Naturally, it was turned into a historical site where the ruins can take you back around 9500 years. The Jomon-era archaeological site overlooks Kinko Bay, and has a museum as well as hands-on demonstrations and interactive exhibits, where you can try your hand at making earthenware and building a fire. The grounds also hosts a forest park, which is perfect for relaxing amid nature.   Yakushima Island A UNESCO World Heritage Site with reason, this island is teeming with life. If you are a nature junkie, this is a place you definitely don’t want to miss! Best known for their cedar trees – some of which are thousands of years old – Yakushima Island is one of the most-visited places in Japan. Also one of the wettest, always come prepared. The coasts might be balmy in winter, but snow can be found at its peaks; waterfalls are plenty and Japan’s signature hot springs can be found right at the beach. Walking through the forest is like being in a fairy-tale, with plenty of nature’s wonders to witness, like Wilson’s Stump. Keep your eyes peeled for the Yakushima macaque and the Yaku deer, both of which can be spotted along hiking trails, and take a night to look out for endangered loggerhead turtles that come onto the beach to lay eggs. Yakushima has excellent snorkelling and sea-kayaking spots around the island, so be sure to avail them all!   Izumi   An otherwise small and unassuming town, Izumi is on the map simply because of the fact that cranes decide to use it as a resting ground during their annual migration from Siberia. Even if you are not a bird watcher, this sight is so magnificent that it has to be seen to believed. Around 80% of the world’s population of Hooded Cranes stop by Izumi – the commonest crane viewed, and they gather in the thousands each winter’s day. This phenomenon is spectacular because of the sheer numbers they show up in, but it is not to be missed. In order to accommodate the people who wish to witness this, there is a Crane Observation Centre. Izumi also historic value in the form of stone walls that date back to the 17th century, and are still preserved today.   Hot Sand Baths in Ibusuki Japan is well-known for its hot springs, but why not take it one step further? The volcanoes around Ibusuki heat up the sand enough to take a hot sand bath, which is said to be even more beneficial than the hot springs. Despite the fact that it might seem a little bit like a burial, you will leave feeling rejuvenated, after your 10-15 minute session. With just your head sticking out, the “burial ladies” are available on hand to wipe your brow as you sweat. The bath improves circulation and increases the blood-oxygen levels, as well as ridding it of impurities. It is also said to cure arthritis and rheumatism, if not at least provide some relief from it. So be sure to add this to your list of things to try around Kagoshima!   Click here for more travel information and trip ideas on Kagoshima City ...

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