Kanoya (鹿屋市) is a city in Kagoshima.
Kanoya City is located on the Osumi peninsula of Kagoshima prefecture, Japan, about 1.5 hours away from both Kagoshima City and Kagoshima airport. Kanoya is famous for its Kampachi (Greater Amberjack) fisheries, Berkshire (Black) pork, Black-haired wagyu beef, chicken, peanuts, satsuma-imo sweet potatoes, and sweet potato shochu. Kanoya`s city flower is the rose with the city having one of the biggest rose gardens in Japan. Kanoya is also home to the Kanoya Air Base for the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces where the Kanoya Aviation Base Museum is also located.
Past Town Mergers with Kanoya
There are buses to Kanoya from Kagoshima Airport multiple times daily. As well from Kagoshima Chuo Station, Tenmonkan, and Tarumizu ferry port (for those coming from Kagoshima City). Kanoya buses to and from the airport run at about 2,100 yen one way, and buses to and from Kagoshima Chuo Station have a cost of about 1,500 yen.
The airport bus takes the Higashi Kyushu Expressway to and from Kagoshima Airport in Kirishima. The bus bound for Kanoya takes local roads to and from the airport and takes approximately 2 hours. Look for number 4 bus stop in front of the ticket counter on the outside sidewalk.
The Kagoshima Chuo Station bus gets on the ferry at Kamoike Port, and gets off the ferry and continues at Tarumizu Port towards Kanoya.
The easiest way to get in and travel around Kanoya is by rental car. There are several rental agencies providing shuttles from the airport to their locations to pick up your car. Unless you are fluent in Japanese be sure to get an English GPS.
From Kagoshima Chuo Station
 (English Bus Schedule on Kanoya Website)
Bus Stop (Updated as of 4/1/2014)
From Kagoshima Airport
 (English Bus schedule from Kanoya Website)
Bus Stop (Last updated 4/1/2017)
Another relaxing route to take to Kanoya starts in Osaka at Osaka Nanko Kamome Ferry Terminal. You can take the Sunflower Ferry  from here to Shibushi (Kagoshima) Port and then take a bus ride to Kanoya. The Sunflower leaves port in the evening so you can sleep overnight and wake up in Shibushi in the morning. The trip takes roughly 8 hours from Osaka to Shibushi. The bus from Shibushi to Kanoya takes about an hour and 15 minutes.
Though there is a bus system in Kanoya, buses are few and far between. Renting a car is your most convenient option.
English-friendly Rental Car Services
Aira Sanryo (吾平山陵）is one of a group of three ancient imperial tombs within Kagoshima prefecture. This rare grotto tomb is the resting place for Emperor Jinmu`s (Japan`s first emperor) father (Ugayafukiaezunomikoto), as well as his mother (Tamayorihime). The path to the shrine stretches 500m with its divine atmosphere. This resemblance to Ise Shrine gives it the nickname "Little Ise." Aira Sanryo is also famous for its cherry blossoms in Spring and leaf foliage in autumn. 3317 Airachofumoto, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-1192
Arahiratenjin （荒平天神）is a rare shrine on a rocky outlay next to the beach. The shrine was founded during the time of warring states in the Tembun Period (1532-1554). The god enshrined is the god of scholarship, Michizane Sugawara. Because of this, countless people come to pray for passing grades during exam period. The shrine is surrounded by beautiful waters and clear sights of Kinko Bay and Mt. Kaimondake. 4014 Tenjincho, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 891-2313
Kanoya Rose Garden （かのやばら園）has a scope of 8ha (19.8 acres) and about 50,000 roses making it one of the biggest rose gardens in Japan. The Kanoya Rose Festival is held here in Spring and Autumn when the roses bloom at their best. Thanks to Kagoshima`s warm climate, you can see the roses in full bloom ahead of the rest of the country in May during Golden Week. 1250 Hamadacho, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-0053
Kirishimagaoka Park （霧島ヶ丘公園） is located adjacent to Kanoya Rose Garden. With specimens like the poppies in Spring and the cosmos in Fall, you can enjoy colorful flowers through all seasons. From the observation platform you can see Shibushi Bay in the east and Kinko Bay to the west. You can also see Mt. Kaimondake which is often called the Satsuma Fuji. If you take a look to the northwest you will get a postcard picturesque view of Sakurajima and Mt. Takakuma. Within the park they have Tanokami Road where pink rock Azaleas bloom in Spring, a go-cart track, campgrounds, and a Children`s Plaza. The park is brimming with fun activities and things to do for all ages. 1250 Hamadacho, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-0053
Kihoku Uwaba Park （輝北うわば公園） is the entire plateau that the Kihoku Observatory sits on. The park is outfitted with everything from sports facilities to bungalows This is also a safe spot to view Sakurajima`s crater from a distance. 1660-3 Ichinari, Kihokucho, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 899-8511
Osumi Regional Park （県立大隅広域公園） is filled with greenery and flowers and is equipped with a campground, playground, a main plaza, sports facilities, as well as an original go-cart track for race cars. It`s the perfect place for couples and families. Ushiroda, Kimotsuki, Kimotsuki District, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-1203
Mt. Takakuma（高隈山） stretches out around the border of Kanoya and Taramizu City in the center of the Osumi Peninsula. Within Kagoshima prefecture, it is the third of the three tall mountain ranges following Kirishima and Yakushima. There are 7 peaks that are over 1,000m(3280ft) above sea level, with Onogaradake being the highest peak of the mountain at 1,237m(4,058ft). With peaks like the pointed Tsumadake, the flat Hiradake, and Yokodake that appears to be slanting on its side, the mountain is rich with variations in steepness. Because of this, spectacular waterfalls like Mantaki, Shirataki, and Akamatsutaki, as well as beautiful streams are the defining features of Takakuma. The mountain is very valuable scientifically with Mt. Takakuma itself forming its own forest ecosystem. It is one of the 12 forests in Japan designated as a protected biological heritage resource forest. Mt. Takakuma, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture
Kanehama Coast (金浜海岸) This beautiful beach with crystal blue water is located in Takasu, Kanoya off Route 68 between Takasu Beach and Arahiratenjin Shrine. You'll see the Kaiyo Sports Center on your left and then see a stone monument shortly after. This monument is a memorial for this special beach where roughly 2,500 U.S. Marines landed on September 4th, 1945 at the start of the American occupation, marking the first naval landing point on mainland Japan. You can really feel the history here as you relax, swim, and gaze out at Kinko Bay with Mt. Kaimon in the distance. 893-0054 Kagoshima Prefecture, Kanoya, Takasucho, Kanehama
Kannon-buchi Chusei Kosekigun (Kannon-buchi Medieval Stone Towers) （観音淵中世古石塔群）
The history of these medieval stone towers extend through the ages, starting from as old as the early Kamakura period, all the way to the Sengoku period.
On the right side of the cave from the entrance are Buddhist memorial stone towers. They are believed to be from the early Kamakura period where the family of Hase Saburo Dayu Yoshitoi and their vassals, part of the bigger Toyama clan, cultivated new land for farming in this region. The Hase clan, who resided at Hase Castle in Haraigawa, was also involved in cultivating new farmland for the entire region of Haraigawa.
The stone towers on the left are from the Kimotsuki clan, who are thought to have competed with the Toyama clan in cultivating new farmland from the early Kamakura period.
Although this custom can often be seen elsewhere, as the pioneers who developed this land, the people of the Takakuma region believe these relics should not be forgotten.
The relics from after the Nanboku-cho period are believed to be memorial stone towers from the warring period in this region.
※Note: Buddhist memorial towers are built in times such as during war, great undertakings like land development, as well as for oneself while still alive, in order to pray for peace after death or rebirth in paradise.
893-0132 Shimotakakuma-cho, Kanoya-shi, Kagoshima Kannon-buchi Chusei Kuyo Togun 鹿児島県鹿屋市下高隈町893－0132
Kagihiki Matsuri かぎ引き祭り
Nakatsu Shrine 893-0131 Kamitakakuma-cho, Kanoya-shi, Kagoshima 中津神社 〒893-0131 鹿児島県鹿屋市上高隈町
Last week of February
Downtown Kanoya 1-1 Otemachi, Kanoya-shi, Kagoshima 鹿屋市市内 鹿児島県鹿屋市大手町1－1
First week of August
Kanoya Rose Garden 1250 Hamada-cho, Kanoya-shi, Kagoshima かのやばら園 鹿児島県鹿屋市浜田町1250
Hot Springs (Onsen 温泉)
Abiru Land Sakamoto （アビルランド坂本）If you take Highway 269 (Sata Road) south along Kinko Bay, you will find yourself on the Hamada Coast with its beautiful views of Sakurajima and Kaimondake. Did you know that right near here is a secret onsen (hot springs) that was opened over 100 years ago? One of the charms for onsen fans is that it`s hidden. From long ago Sakamoto has flourished as a bath house. There were even people who would traverse the mountain and come down into the valley just to dip into these springs. 139-1 Hamadacho, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-0053
Yutaka Onsen (ゆたか温泉)This day use hot spring is located in central Kanoya along the Shimotanigawa river. Yutaka is a popular spot with many families coming out on the weekends. Before the facilities were built, there was a hot spring that was called “Akamizu,” that ran from the hill out front to the rice paddies. Later, excavation of the spring began, and the owner had it dug deeper until the gushing was satisfactory at 1388m deep. The end of the big excavation resulted in Kagoshima`s richest sodium bicarbonate hot spring. 319-1 Tasakicho, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-0037
Kushira Sakura Onsen （串良さくら温泉） Inside the facility is a spacious lobby as well as a tatami-floored room where you can relax after getting out of the springs. There`s a Japanese-style springs as well as a western-style springs which is separated by men and women and has its designation changed every Monday. The wide glass windows in the springs give it a bright and open feel and the scrupulous cleanliness gives it a very fresh atmosphere. The clear, pristine water of this low-alkalinity sodium bicarbonate spring (saline carbonated chloride spring) makes your skin soft and smooth, healing your mind and body. There`s also a fancy outside bath (Rotenburo) as well as a mist sauna for the ladies letting you relax in the utmost of comfort. In Kagoshima it`s top of its class as a beautifying hot spring and you`ll be hooked after the first dip into this gentle and soft water. It cleanses the skin as well as making it silky smooth. It also acts as a moisturizer and it will keep you warm long after you get out. Kagoshima Prefecture, Kanoya, Kushiracho Shimoobaru, 3948−1
Yuyu Land Aira (遊湯ランドあいら) Yuyu Land lies in southeast Kanoya, close to the legendary treasure Aira Sanryo, the luscious Osumi Prefectural Park, and the seasonal fruit picking plantation of Kurohago. It`s a lodging that take on the theme springs, and play (Yu and Yuu). There`s facilities like a tennis court, multi-purpose areas, and sports lodgings. Many travelers come to stay during grape and strawberry picking seasons. 2973 Airachofumoto, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-1103
Kihoku General Welfare Center(輝北総合福祉センター) Kihoku General Welfare Center is just 15 minutes away from Kihoku Uwaba Park. At the entrance you`ll see a sign with Myoken Onsen written in big letters. Everyday about 10 tons of hot spring water is transported to Kihoku General Welfare Center from Kirishima Myoken Onsen. Previously it was just heated cold spring water but with the naturally hot water coming from Myoken Onsen the number of visitors has gone up with regulars coming daily for the first dip. In the men and women`s facilities there are air bubble, jet, and electric baths. Here in particular the women`s side actually has more baths than the men`s side. 2100-1 Kihokucho Kamimobiki, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-0201
Takasu Beach （高須海水浴場） Children can swim and play safely at this shallow beach. Every year in July Marine Fest is held where you can play beach sports and enjoy a yacht experience. There is also a small shrine and Torii on the huge boulders in the water. It was built by the fisherman of Takasu over 50 years ago. It enshrines the god Ebisu, as a ways to bring in big catches of fish. Along the cliffs and near the observation deck you can also see an old Pacific War bunker that remains. Takasu Kaisuiyokujo - Takasucho, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-0054
Hamada Beach （浜田海水浴場） This beach gives you a stunning view of Sakurajima and Kaimondake. You can relax under the shadow of the trees where the ocean is beautiful and the pine forest refreshing. Hamada is also open for camping where you can enjoy the summer nights. Hamada Kaisuiyokujo - Hamada, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture
The National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya is the only national sports university in Japan. It built a new special research building that holds some of the most cutting edge technology and techniques for sports performance measurement. National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya
Kanoya City Tourism and Product Center (鹿屋市観光物産総合センター) Kanoya City Tourism and Product Center was opened in 1993 to expand the market for regional special products as well as promote sightseeing in Osumi Peninsula. It is located right next to the Kanoya Aviation Base Museum. Various Kanoya and Osumi special goods are sold including Berkshire pork products, Shochu, peanuts, Fukuregashi, dressings, and even Kanoya Rose Garden`s rose ice cream. Because it`s right next to the Kanoya Aviation Base Museum, there are also plenty of Self Defense Forces goods. 3 Chome-11-1 Nishihara, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-0064
Aira Product Center (吾平物産館） Aira Product center is located in Kanoya City`s Aira Town. It is right next to Osumi Park and close to Aira Sanryo and Kuroha Tour Plantation. It`s a must see if you are going to Aira. There are a number of different local products as well as cute plates and knick knacks. Inside Aira Product Center is also Restaurant Tsuwabuki, where you can grab a bite to eat (Only open for lunch). The famous weekday special is roasted Inoshishi (Wild boar) ramen. On the weekend there is a buffet corner with popular local delicacies which draws in the local crowd as well. 5318-4 Airacho Kamimyo, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-1101
Kushira Produce Outlet “Midori no Teishajo” (串良農産物等直売施設「みどりの停車場」) A market with produce straight from the farmers. From downtown Kanoya take Highway 220 toward Shibushi where you will pass into Kushira Town. As you pass through, you will see on your left where the farmers come and sell their own vegetables: “Midori no Teishajo.” When you walk in you will see tons of vegetables brought in by the neighborhood farmers. One of Midori no Teishajo`s charms is that it occasionally has different vegetables depending on the season. The name of the produce and the farmer are written on the different baskets with various different types to choose from. 3129 Shimoobaru, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-1604
Minato Market (みなと市場)
From long ago Kagoshima has been blessed by the sea of Kinko Bay. Furue Port is part of this bay. The cultivation here of Kampachi (Greater Amberjack fish) is prosperous, and its high production is in the top class of the nation. The fish preserves constantly have the Kuroshio currents washing into Kinko Bay from the open sea. The fish can swim and grow healthy in this ideal environment. These fresh Kampachi are sold at the Minato Market which is managed directly by the fishery cooperative.
Everyday tons of people visit the Minato Market. The reason they come is for the fresh Kampachi and Hiramasa (Yellowtail Amberjack) which are lined up every morning. You can also get fresh wasabi grown in Osumi, which is important for your sashimi. There are various items other than fish and vegetables from the Osumi region as well. They can also process express home deliveries for when you can`t carry it home. To those who love eating but can`t get into seafood, don`t fret. You will definitely be able to eat the Kampachi cuisine next door at Minato Shokudo. 7440-3 Furuecho, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 891-2321
Kampachi (Greater-Amberjack fish カンパチ) The Kanoya City Fishing Cooperative was the first in Japan to start raising Kampachi. "Kanoya Kampachi" is recognized as a Kagoshima brand. For about 2 years they are raised very intimately, from when they are small fish, to when they are shipped out for purchase.
With the rose being Kanoya City's flower, rose petals made into fine powder are put into the feed for the Kampachi. The effects of the polyphenol found in rose petals provide for a healthier fish, and also suppresses its fishy smell keeping it fresher. "Kanoya Kampachi is absolutely delicious and a valuable commodity.
Black-haired "Kuroge Wagyu" Beef (黒毛和牛) Kanoya is one of the leading regions of livestock in Japan. Kuroge Wagyu is no exception on the list of delicious meats in Kanoya. This beef is melt in your mouth and can be found in supermarkets and many yakiniku restaurants.
Kabocha no Tane (かぼちゃのたね) This award winning Japanese fried chicken karaage restaurant is located up near the mountains of Takakuma, and is recognized as one of the best in Japan. 317-1 Kamitakakumacho, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-0131
Taketei (竹亭) This local and historical Tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) restaurant is located in the heart of Kanoya. The portions are big and the pork is succulent. Some people say it is not only the best Tonkatsu in Kagoshima, but in all of Japan. The master here also has a great moustache. 9-15 Nishiotemachi, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-0008
Nakamachi Arcade (仲町アーケード) Drinking district with tons of bars, karaoke bars, and some izakayas. 893-0002 Kagoshima Prefecture, Kanoya City, Honmachi 8
Kyomachi Yokocho (京町横丁) Classic Kanoya drinking district with a range of izakayas. For those looking for a Showa era feel. 893-002 Kagoshima Prefecture, Kanoya City, Honmachi (Street behind Kagoshima Bank)
Just like the rest of Kagoshima, people in Kanoya mostly drink Imo-jochu(芋焼酎), which is a sweet potato liquor. There are a few famous brands made right in Kanoya.
Kojika Brewing Co. (小鹿酒造) 0994-58-7171 7312 Airacho Kamimyo, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-1101
Taikai Brewing Co. (大海酒造) 0994-44-2190 21-1 Shirasakicho, Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture 893-0016
Lodgings with Hot Springs
There are various international activities and events held in Kanoya throughout the year so be sure to check the Kanoya International Exchange Association Facebook page or their home page KIEA Kanoya International Exchange Association. You can also contact the Coordinator for International Relations in Kanoya City Hall for tourist and area information at 0994-43-2111.
Surrounding Area (Osumi Peninsula)
There are buses to Kagoshima Airport multiple times daily, as well as to Kagoshima Chuo Station, Tenmonkan, and Tarumizu ferry port. The easiest bus stops to access are in front of Rena City (There are parking lots nearby where you can even park overnight for free), in front of Kanoya City Hall, and Kotobuki Chuo which is in front of the Thank You supermarket in Kotobuki. Buses to and from the airport run at about 2,100 yen one way, and buses to and from Kagoshima Chuo Station have a toll of about 1,500 yen.
The airport bus takes the Higashi Kyushu Expressway to Kagoshima Airport in Kirishima. The Kagoshima Chuo Station bus gets on the ferry at Tarumizu Port, and gets off the ferry and continues at Kamoike Port. The Kagoshima Chuo Station bus also makes a stop at Tenmonkan.