When most people think of tourist destinations in Japan, they think of Kyoto as the heart of Japanese culture and Tokyo as the heart of Japanese modernity and economy. However, there is a different Japan which has been somewhat hidden from the outside world. This is our “inaka” or Japanese countryside. The inaka is the soul of Japan. It’s a place of rich history and multi-faceted attractions, including a beautiful and diverse landscape that produces an abundance of healthy and tasty food, colorful and interesting cultural events and festivals, friendly people, and much more.

Our town, Kimotsuki, is a great representative of such a place. Located in Kagoshima Prefecture at the southwest tip of mainland Japan, Kimotsuki was formed from the merger of two towns separated by the Kunimi mountain range. Koyama, west of the mountains in the plains, was a castle town of the powerful Samurai clan which ruled the region for hundreds of years, and is home to a 900-year-old annual horseback archery festival, Yabusame. Uchinoura, east of the mountains on the Pacific coast, is a fishing town, and also home to Japan’s first space-rocket center.

With a population of 17,000 spread out over a vast area, an industry based in agriculture and cattle farming, and many vibrant festivals, Kimotsuki Town has all the ingredients that make the inaka so special. Best of all, because our town has long been kept away from tourists, both foreign and domestic, it is a place to experience the authentic life of rural Japan.

Here are some of the things that you can experience in our town:

In spring: cherry blossoms, rice planting, stick and sickle dansces, vivid greens on the mountain trees. In summer: summer festivals, fireworks, rice hacesting. In autumn: changing color of tree leaves, autumn festivals(including Yabusame Festival). In winter: New Year's festival, Doya-doya-saa Festival

In addition, you can enjoy the healing power of Kimotsuki such as our relaxing spas and wonderful foods all year round. Explore the various categories of this website to learn more about what Kimotsuki Town has to offer. We hope that this will give you a new perspective on Japan and that ultimately you will someday come to Kimotsuki Town and experience this “other Japan” first hand. By doing so, you will not only be enriching your own life, but the lives of the local people.

So if you are one of those people looking for some exotic and unusual travel experiences, send us a note and we will help you make a connection. We look forward to seeing you here in the near future!