The home of Cranes and Samurai residences:

The city is located in the northwest of Kagoshima Prefecture.There is a famous tideland where a lot of cranes (in numbers and kinds) spend the winter, about 10,000 cranes are watched every winter now. It is a sacred place for bird watchers. In addition, grand samurai residences are still remaining in the town. It is pleasant that surrounding farmers accept the farm homestay users.

Access and Getting Around

It is one of the stations of the Kyushu Shinkansen, so it is convenient to reach it by train.

The tideland is on the shoreline 13 km away from Izumi Station. It is a pity that no public transportations are available, so you may take a tour bus with Japanese guideline only or go there by car.

By train

1 hour 15 minutes from Hakata Station in Fukuoka by the Kyushu Shinkansen with 1 train per hour;

35 minutes from Kumamoto Station by the Kyushu Shinkansen with1 train per hour;

25 minutes from Kagoshima Chuo Station by the Kyushu Shinkansen with 1 train per hour.

By bus

1 hour 20 minutes from Kagoshima Airport with 1 bus per hour.

By car

1 hour 30 minutes from Kumamoto Station, 1 hour 45 minutes from Kagoshima Station.



Crane Observation Center

-Specific Nature  -Outdoor Activities 

The Japanese have been protecting cranes as lucky birds for their longevity and there is a lot of bait on the tideland,that’s why so many cranes come here and spend winters.More than 10,000 cranes come here from November to January every year,which makes a grand view, so it is recommended that bird watchers visit here in winter at least one time.In order to prevent infection of illness, visitors a...

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Izumi Samurai Residences

-Historic Sites 

The traditional samurai residences are preserved well here.Some residences are open to the public free of charge,which makes visitors know about the lives of ancient samurais.If more than five people make a reservation for their sizes in advance,they can experience Kimono wearing. Visitors also may buy a kimono and take it with them....

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Izumi Farm Homestay


Farmers living in Izumi accept the Farm Homestay visitors positively.Homestay visitors not only stay at a farm house but also experience rural lives.Farmers take visitors from and to Izumi Station, which saves time a lot.  ...

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Accommodation around Izumi