Seven stars cruise train in Kyushu Japan called “Nanatsuboshi” now available exclusively by JTB The “Seven Stars in Kyushu” luxury train sets a new standard for train travel in Japan. With the rooms limited to a total of 14 suites, the train is a luxurious travelling hotel, coasting through the countryside of Japan’s southern island of Kyushu. This is a true “Cruise train”, offering the ultimate in comfort and...Read More
A group of ‘bukeyashiki’ samurai houses in ‘Chiran’, Kagoshima Prefecture, features exquisite combination of stone fences and hedges.
The feudal lord of Satsuma domain, present Kagoshima Prefecture, the main driving force of Japan’s modernization in the 19th century, didn’t station his samurai warriors in Kagoshima City, but in the many districts of the domain. Each of the samurais lived in their own settlement to rule the assigned district. ‘Chiran’ was one of them, and the old townscape dating back to the 18th century is very well preserved as shown in the first...Read More
Shiratani Unsuikyo is a primeval forest on Yakushima off the coast of the Kagoshima Prefecture. This forest is known for its very old Yakusuji cedar trees and tours visiting here are offered daily. There is a lot to see within the forest, so I suggest planning a whole day for your visit or taking one of the longer tour options. People argue that this is the most beautiful hiking trail in all of Japan, and it’s easy to see why!...Read More
Shibuya Station, Hachiko, and Shibuya crossing are known around the world for crowds of pedestrians and high energy. When Kagoshima Festival came to town not long ago, it brought even more energy and color to the area. On the weekend of May 17-18, the main streets of Shibuya by the famous crossing were closed momentarily for a festivity of massive proportions: Kagoshima Festival. While the events that made up the festival took place...Read More
“Sengan-en” Japanese garden, also known as “Iso-teien”, is one of the best examples of “shakkei” garden.
Three kilometers east of the central part of Kagoshima City, there is “Sengan-en” garden with an old villa, facing “Kagoshima-wan” bay, another name “Kinko-wan” bay. This Japanese garden was originally built by the nineteenth lord of the Satsuma domain in the 17th century, and was refined many times by the successive lords. The characteristic feature of this garden is a skilfull adoption of...Read More
Francisco Xavier, a well-known missionary from the Society of Jesus, departed from Goa, India, for Kagoshima, Japan, in 1549.
Born of an aristocrat in Spain, Francisco Xavier established the Society of Jesus in Paris in 1534. The Society of Jesus, which was organized for the propagation of the Christian religion into the world, was engaged in the missionary work particularly in Asian countries, based in Goa, India. Francisco Xavier visited Japan in 1549 and stayed here for two years, since he was very interested in Japanese culture. He heard about Japan...Read More