Tanegashima has two claims to fame. In 1543, Portuguese explorer Mendes Pinto found his way there and introduced firearms to the Japanese, and for a long time thereafter rifles were known as tanegashima in Japanese. These days, though, the main attraction is Tanegashima Space Center, JAXA's main spaceport.
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 By plane
New Tanegashima Airport (IATA: TNE) has five flights daily from Kagoshima (30 min) and one flight daily from Osaka-Itami (1:20), all on Japan Air Commuter , a JAL subsidiary. The airport has scheduled bus services to Nishiomote (38 min, ¥790) and Iwasaki Hotel (62 min, ¥1270). A taxi to Nishiomote costs about ¥6000.
 By ferry
Several operators have services from Kagoshima, with some continuing onto Yakushima or Kuchinoerabujima. The largest is Cosmo Line , whose Rocket Jet Foil (fast ferry) runs four times daily (1.5 hours, ¥7,000) with one service from Tanegashima onto Yakushima, while the Princess Wakasa car ferry runs once daily (3.5 hours, ¥3,300). There is a slight discount for purchasing a round-trip ticket with the same company, even if you choose to take the Rocket one way and the Princess Wakasa the other.
 Get around
The easiest way to get around Tanegashima is to bring or rent a car. Contact information for taxi and rental car companies is here: 
The Daiwa Bus service ended in February, but there is a new community bus service. The schedule and route for Minamitane (South Tanegashima) is here:  Information on bus service in Nishinoomote and Nakatane should be available soon.
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Tanegashima is a well known destination for surfers in Japan.
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Moonbar  The best place. Breyen-san and Tomoko-san is running the cosy place perfectly.
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