A Walking Event in Izumi city on February 18

Date : February 18, 2018
Location : Izumi city, Kagoshima, Japan
Participation Fee : 1,000 yen/junior high school students or over
                           500 yen/elementary school students
                           free/under elementary school students
Check-in Location : The East Gate of Izumi Station
Check-in Time : 7:30~8:30
Opening Ceremony : 8:45~9:00
Start Time : 9:00
Finish Time : 10:30~12:00
Distance : 10 km
Course : Izumi station - A park which has a monument to suicide attack units - Hachiman Shrine which has the biggest bell in Japan - Izumi Fumoto Samurai Quarter - a big bridge in Izumi - Izumi station

Apply : Please send us an e-mail kanko_c@city.izumi.kagoshima.jp

Promotional Video "I love Izumi"


・Cranes (Special Natural Monuments in Japan)
・Kimono experience in Izumi Fumoto Samurai Quarter
・Farm Stay


Sand Sculptures in Izumi Fumoto Samurai Quarter

Only in 2018! Sand sculptures appears in Izumi Fumoto Samurai Quarter. 

The year 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration. Sand sculptures appears in Izumi Fumoto Samurai Quarter.

One of the sand sculptures is Saigo Takamori, and it's set at Izumi Fumoto historical museum. Please walk around the museum. You can find other sand sculptures.

HP: http://izumi-ishin150.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/izumi.sand150/
e-mail: kanko_c@city.izumi.kagoshima.jp


(Samurai Quarter) Tea Ceremony with Wearing Kimono

Tea Ceremony with Wearing Kimono in Samurai Quarter

江戸時代の面影が残る町並みを、着物で散策してみませんか? 公開武家屋敷では、事前に予約しておけば、スタッフが着付けをほどこしてくれます。 たくさんの着物の中からお気に入りの柄の着物と帯を選んでください。着付けに必要なものは無料で貸し出してくれます。着物に着替えたら別の公開武家屋敷で茶道体験です。作法を教わりながら、茶菓と抹茶をいただきます。そしてなんと、体験後は、着物と帯、足袋をそのまま持ち帰ることができます。
Why don't you wear kimono (yukata) and walk around Samurai Quarter where looks just as it did in the Edo period? Kimono dressers help you to wear kimono (yukata) in one of the public Samurai Residences (need to make reservations a month before). You can wear your favorite one, so please choose it from a variety of kimonos (yukatas). And you can borrow the items for wearing kimono (yukata), for example Japanese sandals, for free. After wearing kimono (yukata), a tea ceremony starts in other public Samurai Residence. Tea master shows you the manner how to eat sweet and drink maccha. Surprisingly, you can bring kimono (yukata) and obi as your souvenirs.


(Samurai Quarter) Ox Cart for sightseeing

Going around Izumi-Fumoto Samurai Quarter by "Ox Cart for Sightseeing" daintily

We can provide you the "Ox Cart for Sightseeing". You can ride on it and go around Izumi-Fumoto Samurai Quarter. It takes about 40 minutes per 1 trip, 1 km. It moves so slowly, and the street has old stone walls which have remained for about 400 years. We believe you will spend a special time.

受付場所:出水麓武家屋敷群内 観光牛車茶屋(竹添邸向い)
料金:中学生以上 1,000円
   4歳~小学生 500円
   3歳以下 無料
Reception: Kanko-gissha-chaya(tea place in Izumi-Fumoto Samurai Quarter, in
front of Takezoe-tei)
Opened: Saturday, Sunday and national holidays
             11 am to 3 pm
            (If you would like to try on weekdays, please call and make a reservation.)
            ("Ox Cart" cannot run on rainy days or in a rough weather.)
Fees: junior high school student or older: 1,000 yen
        elementary school student or younger: 500 yen
        3 years old or younger: free
Reservation or Contact: 0996-62-1511(the Hotel King)

(Special Natural Monument) the cranes and the migration area of cranes in Kagoshima

One of the "Spacial Natural Monuments", cranes in Izumi city

It is rare to be able to watch cranes

Cranes are distributed in some area in the world. In Japan, we can watch them in only 3 or 4 districts. One of the districts is the eastern Hokkaido, and over 1,000 Red-crowned cranes(Grus japonensis) inhabit there. But more surprisingly over 10,000 cranes, mainly  Hooded crane(Grus monacha) and White-naped crane( Antigone vipio), migrate to Izumi city to pass the winter. The place where you can watch such a huge number of cranes in Japan is only Izumi city.
Wintering Period : from end of October to end of March

about "Spacial Natural Monuments"

The national government designates "Animals, plants, minerals and geological features of a high scientific value to Japan" as "Natural Monuments" to preserve them. And those which are of particularly high significance are designated as "Special Natural Monuments" respectively. Japan has 75 Special Natural Monuments (within 1,021 Natural Monuments) as of March 1 in 2016. The average number of Special Natural Monuments in one prefecture is 1.5, but Kagoshima prefecture has 6! "Primeval Forest with Yakushima Cedar(Yakushimasugigenshirin)" is well known in Japan. And the cranes in Izumi city is also designated as Special Natural Monument!


(Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings) Izumi-Fumoto Samurai Quarter

Samurai quarter in Izumi-Fumoto, one of the "Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings" in Japan

出水麓武家屋敷群(Izumi-Fumoto Samurai Quarter)

江戸時代、薩摩藩は「外城」と呼ばれる地方支配の拠点を設置。 「外城」で政務や地方警護を担う武士の住居と陣地を兼ねた町は麓と呼ばれ、藩内には約100か所存在したと言われていますが、その中でも肥後国(現在の熊本県)との境に近く、防衛上重要な場所であった出水麓の「外城」は、藩内で最初に築かれ、規模も最大であったと言われています。 今も約150戸の武家屋敷が現存しており、国の重要伝統的建造物群保存地区に選定されています。(出典元:出水ナビ/出水市)
Edo-period Satsuma Domain had set up so-called "outer towns" throughout the governing territory. About a hundred of these were then called "fumoto," as they served as strong points hosting samurai retainers administrating their respective regions. This "fumoto" outer town in Izumi, in particular, is said to have been the very first and the largest one constructed in all of Higo (present-day Kumamoto Prefecture) for its geographical significance. Still remaining here today are over 150 of these samurai residential buildings from that era - they are also designated for Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Historic Buildings in Japan.

重要伝統的建造物群保存地区とは("Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings")

115 districts are classified as the "Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings" in Japan now, on July 31 in 2017. There are 47 prefectures in Japan, so the average of the number of the districts  in each prefecture is 2.4.

Actually, some prefectures have no "Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings", but surprisingly Kagoshima prefecture has 3! They are in Chiran, Iriki, and Izumi. And they are all samurai quarters. In those districts, there are some strict rules for building structures and we are not allowed to build modern typed structures. That's why, Samurai quarter in Izumi-Fumoto has been so beautiful.