Autumn Leaves Viewing 2021
~Autumn in Kagoshima and Events~

It’s a beautiful season with clear air and high blue skies.

The mountains are beginning to turn autumnal colors. Maple viewing has a long history as depicted in “Tale of Genji”.

It is nice to go out and enjoy autumn in Japan!
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*****Areas*****

Kagoshima City
Kirishima Area
North Satsuma Area
South Satsuma Area
Osumi Area
Southern Islands

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*Information will be updated from time to time.

Kagoshima City

 

◆◆◆ Kagoshima Prefectural Youth Training Center (Kenritsu Senshonen Kenshu Center / 県立青少年研修センター) ◆◆◆

Best time to see: The start of November ~ the start of December


This is the place to enjoy autumn leaf viewing in Kagoshima City.
From the park, you can see Sakurajima and the Takakuma mountain range. Spread your lunch on the lawn and enjoy a calm autumn day. The Kaede-no-sono, where about 150 maple trees of five types are planted in a garden of about 2,500 square meters, will be open to the public according to the season of autumn leaves. This year, it is open to the public from October 24th (Sun) to November 21st (Sun).
Open:9:00 ~ 16:00
Parking:116 spaces (No charge)
Tel:099-294-2111

Kagoshima Prefectural Youth Training Center Events

 

☆” Autumn Promenade (Aki-no Sanpo-michi /秋の散歩道) “ Open to the Public 〜Maple Garden (Kaede-no Sono / かえでの園) 〜☆

It is open to the public for the season of autumn leaves
Date & Time:October 24 (Sun) ~ November 21 (Sun) 9:00 ~ 16:00
*It is also open on rainy days.
Entrance Fee:Free

 

☆Kaede-no Sono Light Up☆

Maple trees lit up at dusk are also beautiful.
Date & Time:November 6 (Sat) ~ November 13 (Sat) 17:30 ~ 19:30 *Only in fine weather

 

☆GOGO Momiji Festa☆

It is an event where you can enjoy the “autumn of exercise”, the “autumn of art”, and the “autumn of appetite” (as we say in Japan).
Date & Time: November 23 (Tue / National Holiday) 10:00 ~ 14:00 *This event will be held even in rainy weather.
Place: Kagoshima Prefectural Youth Training Center
Fee: free
Tel:099-294-2111 (Kagoshima Prefectural Youth Training Center)
Admission is free, but some hands-on activities are charged for.
Please cooperate with the following measures against COVID – 19 infections.
・Wearing a mask and measuring your temperature on the day
・Please refrain from participating if you are not feeling well.
Depending on the weather and the infection situation, the contents may be changed or canceled.

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◆◆◆ Jigenji Park (慈眼寺公園) ◆◆◆

◎Best time to see: The end of November ~ the Start of December

Located below Taniyama Shrine, Jigenji Park has cherry blossoms and loopins in the spring, cosmos in the autumn, and somen-nashi in the summer. A river flows through the large site, and you can see children playing in the water in the summer. On the promenade, 19 stone Buddha statues are lined up. This place is the ruins of an ancient temple. The mossy bridge adds to the atmosphere of the place.
Parking:150 spaces (No charge)
Tel:099-268-2504 (Taniyama Tourism Association)
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Aira / Kirishima Area

 

◆◆◆ Prefectural Road 1(Ebino ~ Myoken Onsen) ◆◆◆

 

◎Best time to see: The start of November ~ The middle of November

It is a very beautiful drive course with the sunlight leaking through the gaps between the autumnal trees. Enjoy driving through the tunnel of autumn leaves!

 Event around the Prefectural Road 1

 

Kirishima Folk Entertainment Evening (Kirishima Kyodo-geino-no Yube / 郷土芸能の夕べ)
Date & Time: November 19 (Fri) Open 19:30 Start 20:30 ~ (for about 1 hour)
Place: Kirishima International Concert Hall (Miyama Conseru / みやまコンセール)
(鹿児島県霧島市牧園町高千穂3311-29 Takachiho Makizono Town, Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture)
Tel:0995-78-2115 The Executive (Kirishima City Tourism Association)

The “Kirishima Folk Entertainment Evening”, which had been held online, will finally be held with an audience for the first time in 2 years!
Experience the myths of Kirishima through the traditional performing arts, “Kirishima Kagura” and “Kirishima Kumen Daiko”.
(Live streaming at the same time)
On the day of the event, please cooperate with the following points to prevent COVID-19 infection.
Wear a mask correctly.
Measure your temperature
Give your name to the organizer
※Depending on the infection situation, there may be cases where the live streaming could be held without spectators, or the event could be canceled. In that case, the information will be posted on the website of the Kirishima City Tourism Association.

 

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◆◆◆ Kirishima Jingu Shrine (霧島神宮) ◆◆◆

◎Best time to see: The start of November ~ The middle of November

(Photo: © K.P.V.B)
Kirishima Jingu, where Ninigi no Mikoto, the grandson of Sun Goddess, Amaterasu Omikami, is enshrined, is also a popular spiritual energy site. The brightly colored autumn leaves from the approach to the precincts are very beautiful, and it seems to correspond to the vermilion color of the magnificent shrine.
Parking Lot:500 spaces (No charge)

 

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◆◆◆ Lake Onami (Onami-no Ike / 大浪池) ◆◆◆

◎Best time to see: The end of October ~ The start of November

(Photo: © K.P.V.B)

The mysterious Lake Onami, where the “Legend of Onami” in which a young girl named Onami disappeared to the bottom of the lake & changed into a dragon took place, is located at an altitude of 1,241 m.
It has an easy-to-walk (it has steps and is rough) track to the top of the mountain and is popular as a mountain that can be climbed relatively easily.
In addition to the autumn leaves on the mountain trail, the sight of colorful trees such as maples, beeches, and water oaks reflected on the surface of the lake is so beautiful.
*Currently, there are no restrictions on accessing the mountain of the Lake Onami (the area around Mt. Shinmoe is still subject to restrictions due to volcanic activity).
(Click here for the mountain trail regulation map of Mt. Kirishima)
Parking Lot: Available (No Charge)
Tel: 0995-78-2115 (Kirishima City Tourism Association)

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North Satsuma

 

◆◆◆ Kannon-daki Park (観音滝公園) ◆◆◆

◎Best time to see: The end of October ~ the start of November

(Photo: © K.P.V.B)

The Park with Kannon Waterfall, where there is a legend concerning a love story centered around the village headman’s daughter. There is a hot spring, a remarkable glamping facility, a restaurant, and a glass crafts museum where you can make glass chip crafts, a drink stirrer, and original stained glassworks.
The beautiful scenery of the river and the vermilion-colored leaves from the Otogi bridge is popular.
Parking Lot: 200 spaces (No Charge)
Tel: 0996-58-0889 (9:00 ~ 17:00 / Taki-no Yado Onsen at the park)

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◆◆◆ Sogi-no Taki Park (曾木の滝公園) ◆◆◆

◎The middle of November ~ the Start of December

The combination of the brightly colored autumn leaves and the dynamic Sogi Falls called “Oriental Niagara” is spectacular.
Parking Lot: 200 spaces (No Charge)
Tel: 0995-29-5013 (Isa City Tourism and Local Products Association)

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◆◆◆ Lake Imuta Prefectural National Park (藺牟田池県立自然公園) ◆◆◆

◎Best time to see: The middle of November ~ the end of November

Rare creatures such as Libellula Angelina and waterfowl live in this quiet lake which has a circumference of about 4 km.
Trees such as plums and cherry trees are planted on the shore of the lake.
In the fall, the beautiful autumn leaf colors reflected on the surface of the lake are very tasteful.
There is also a rental boat (\400) from March to October.
Feel the wind in your face as you cycle around the lake; it’s wonderful (rental cycle \400).uj8c v

Address: Imuta, Kedoin Town, Satsuma-sendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Parking Lot: 260 spaces (No charge)
電話:0996-55-1111 (Kedoin Branch, Satsuma-sendai City Hall)
Official HP: https://satsumasendai.gr.jp/spotlist/1694/

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◆◆◆ Kanmuri-dake Nature Park (冠嶽自然公園) ◆◆◆

◎Best time to see: The end of November ~ the start of December

(Photo: © K.P.V.B)

Kanmuri-dake is a mountain located in the northeastern part of Ichiki-kushikino City and is also popular for its mountain climbing and hiking courses.
The legend of Xu Fu, who came all the way to seek medicine for immortality at the behest of Qin Shi Huang, was started here.
The exotic atmosphere of Kanmuri-dake Garden, a Chinese-style garden nestled in the back of Kanmuri-dake Shrine, and the colorful autumn leaves have a unique charm.
Address: Kanmuri-dake, Ichiki-kushikino City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Parking Lot: 100 spaces (No charge)
Tel: 0996-32-5256 (Ichiki-kushikino City Tourist Information Center)

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South Satsuma

 

◆◆◆ Kiyomizu-iwaya Park (清水岩屋公園) ◆◆◆

◎Best time to see: The end of November ~ the Start of December

(Photo: © K.P.V.B)
This is a park with the cheers of children who are playing under the cherry blossoms in Spring and playing in the river in Summer.
In addition, it is a historic park with beautiful autumn colors against the backdrop of the Buddha figure carved on the stone wall.
About 400 maple trees are planted in the park.
There is a building on the premises that imitates Ginkakuji Temple, which was built using the technology of Kawanabe Buddhist altars.
Inside the building, you can enjoy delicious cappuccino and sweets brewed by “Cafe Sakura-no Yakata”.
Address: 3882 Kiyomizu, Kawanabe Town Minami-kyushu City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Parking Lot: 500 spaced (No charge)
Tel: 0993-56-5465 (Kiyomizu-iwaya Park)

Event at Kiyomizu-iwaya Park

Kawanabe Magaibutsu Festival → It is canceled in 2021.

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Osumi Area

 

◆◆◆ Lake Osumi (大隅湖) ◆◆◆

◎Best time to see: The end of November ~ The start of December

Osumi Lake, the largest dam in the Osumi area, is an artificial lake with a circumference of 10 km. Seasonal flowers such as cherry blossom tunnels and hydrangeas bloom, which delights the eyes of visitors to the dam. Autumn is the season when the red leaves on the shore of the lake are beautiful. The maple trees planted on the shore of the lake have grown significantly over the years and have big branches, so they are spectacular.
We recommend the lower reaches (south side) of the lake, which has more maple trees.
Address: 3779-1 Kami-takakuma Town, Kanoya City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Parking Lot: Available (No charge)
Tel: 0994-45-2872 (Kagoshima Asia Pacific Intercultural Countryside Center / KAPIC)

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◆◆◆ Tarumizu Senbon Ginkgo Park (Tarumizu Senbon Icho-en / 垂水千本イチョウ園) ◆◆◆

◎Best time to see: The end of November ~ The start of December

In Tarumizu Senbon Ginkgo Park, the tree-lined path is dyed golden in the season when the leaves turn in autumn.
The 4.5 hectares of private land planted by the owner and his wife since 1978 is open to the public.
The view of 1200 ginkgo trees shining in the sunlight is a popular one with visitors. This place won the 1st Kagoshima Prefecture Landscape Award in 2011.
During the ginkgo season, Trees are lit up.
The Tarumizu City official website, “Tarumizu Biyori (垂水日和)” provides information on the coloring of ginkgo trees.
Address: Shinmido, Tarumizu City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Parking:
Parking Lot 1 (In the park) 33 spaces (No charge / Available All year / Buses are not allowed)
Parking Lot 2 (Old prefectural road next to the park) 25 spaces
* Subject to change the available date due to weather conditions.
* Available from November 22 (Mon) to December 10 (Fri) excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays.
*Buses are not allowed.
Parking Lot 3 (About 1km from the park towards Tarumizu city center) About 140 spaces
* Subject to change the available date due to weather conditions.
*Available only on shuttle bus service days
* This parking lot can be used only during the following period.
November 20 (Sat), November 21 (Sun) & November 23 (Tue)
November 26 (Fri) ~ November 28 (Sun)
December 3 (Fri) ~ December 5 (Sun)
December 11 (Sat) ~ December 12 (Sun)
* On the above schedule, the shuttle bus will operate approx. every 10 minutes from 9:00 to 17:00. (It takes about 3minutes)
Tel: 0994-32-1111 (Tarumizu City Hall)

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Southern Island

 

◆◆◆ Yakusugi Land (屋久杉ランド) ◆◆◆

◎Best time to see: The end of October ~ The middle of November

If you want to feel autumn in Yakushima, Yakusugi Land is recommended. The natural recreation forest located at an altitude of 1000 to 1300m is covered in various types of trees. Although the altitude is high, it is located in the south of the mainland of Kagoshima prefecture and has many evergreen trees, so the forest that mixes green with the yellow and red of autumn leaves has a different feel.
Address: Yakushima Town, Kumage County, Kagoshima Prefecture
Parking Lot: 50 spaces (No charge)
Fee: To enter Yakusugi Land, you need to pay \500 in support of park maintenance. It’s a good cause and well worth it.
Time: 9:00 ~ 16:30 (You can enter the park other than the time on the left, but please contact the following phone number in advance.)
Tel: 0997-42-3508/Yakushima Recreation Forest Conservation and Management Council
* The Council is located in a different location from Yakusugi Land.

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