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Located on the Kyushu island in Kagoshima prefecture, Izumi is a real hidden gem! In this small city you can: attend a tea ceremony wearing a kimono (that you can take home) in an old samurai district, observe thousands of cranes from the rooftop of an observatory or from a very special ryokan, you can stay with a Japanese family on a farm in the middle of the mountains or try the local culinary specialty (eggs and chicken that are so fresh you can eat them raw)! Whether you are in Tokyo, Kagoshima or Fukuoka, Izumi is really easy to reach! Follow the guide!

samurai town in Izumi, Kagoshima prefecture

Ox carriage cars in Izumi

Cranes in Izumi

From Tokyo

1. A plane from Tokyo airport to Kagoshima airport.

You can find affordable offers through low-cost airlines companies like Skymark!

Budgetapproximately ¥20,000 for round-trip (1h30 to 2h).

Haneda airport in Tokyo

My tips for the best travel:

If you fly from Haneda, keep your eyes open and you may be able to see Mount Fuji from the departure lounge like I did!

an airplane with mount Fuji!

Just outside Kagoshima airport, near the bus stops, you can enjoy the benefits of a foot onsen (hotspring) for free! You’re welcome! 

a foot onsen (hotspring) for free at Kagoshima airport

2. A bus from Kagoshima airport to Izumi station.

An “Airport Shuttle” can be taken directly from Kagoshima airport to Izumi. Check the “Bus Stop Guide” board to find the hours and the good platform!

Budget: a one-way ticket costs ¥1,650 (less than 1.5h). You are allowed to pay for your ticket on the bus, so there is no need to purchase your ticket ahead of time.

Airport shuttle bus at Kagoshima airport to Izumi
Inside Kagoshima airport shuttle bus

From Kagoshima

Shinkansen (bullet train) from Kagoshima central station (Kagoshima Chuo) to Izumi JR station .

The “Sakura” and “Tsubame” Shinkansen bound for Hakata both make a brief stop at Izumi. You can take either train from the Kagoshima-Chuo station.

Budget: around ¥3,200 one-way (15-30 min). The good news is that “Sakura” and “Tsubame” Shinkansen belong to the JR company so this journey is covered by the JR pass!

Kagoshima Chuo station

How to buy a ticket

First step: find the JR ticket machines!

JR ticket machine in Kagoshima Chuo Station


How to buy a shinkansen ticket

Heading to IZUMI.

Press Izumi

Pay and get your ticket!

If you are coming from Tokyo, you can easily organize a day trip in Kagoshima before going to Izumi. The “Airport Shuttle” company also offers a bus to Kagoshima Chuo central station.

Bus Stop Guide in Kagoshima

From the Kagoshima-chuo station, you can conveniently walk to the mains sites of Kagoshima. If you have time while you are there, you can even take a ferry to Sakurajima, one of Japan’s most active volcanoes located in the middle of Kagoshima Bay.

From Fukuoka

A Shinkansen from Fukuoka central station (Hakata) to Izumi JR station.

If you happen to be in Fukuoka – Kyushu’s largest city up north – you can also take the Sakura or Tsubame Shinkansen towards Kagoshima and get off in Izumi (2 stops before Kagoshima).

Kyushu Shinkansen

Kyushu Shinkansen Ticket price

Budget: between 7000 and 10000¥ one-way for a one-and-a-half-hour journey. This ride is also covered by the JR pass!

Budget: around ¥8,000 one-way (1.5h). This ride is also covered by the JR pass!

Transportation in Izumi

Once you are in Izumi, you can take a bus from the station ; the really convenient “Crane Sightseeing Excursion Bus” serves all of Izumi’s touristic attractions from the December 1 to the last day of February, the migration period of cranes. You can also rent a car (in this article you learn how to drive in Japan) of or a bicycle (website in Japanese, but you can translate it using your browser). 

In front of Izumi station
Izumi bus terminal

If you opt for a farm stay, I am sure your hosts will be happy to drive you around!

Convinced you should visit Izumi? Check-out these other articles dedicated to Izumi:

Mathilde Heidary

Mathilde Heidary

Hello ! My name is Mathilde, I'm French. I left Paris in March 2016 for 1 year of traveling through Japan (thanks to the Working-Holiday Visa). On the agenda: discovery of the most secret little spots of Japan. Follow the guide!

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