What we'll do
First, you get to choose a kimono (for women) or a hakama (for men) of your liking. The easy walking course starts with an explanation of Terukuni Shrine which is one of the most popular shrines in Kagoshima and finishes at Nishi Hongan-ji Temple which is the largest Buddhist temple in southern Kyushu. Along the way you can take memoriable Japan photos and learn a little about the history and culture of Kagoshima.
Things you need to know before the tour
will be happy to take many pictures for you
Things you need:
Please bring identification so that you can be contacted if the kimono isn't returned
Please be on time to put on kimono so that the start of the tour won't be delayed.
Must be over 12 years old.
Let's learn a little about Japanese culture! First you will learn the proper etiquitte to enter a Japanese shrine and how to pray
The original Gokoku Shrine and Nariakira Shimadzu Memorial
Nariakira Shimadzu was the 28th Lord of Satsuma and well known for his industrial complex. The original Gokoku Shrine can't be found on the tourist maps and unknown to even the locals.
Jimesa Memorial and Saigo Takamori Statue
Jimesa was the beloved wife of the 18th Lord of Satsuma. Many locals don't know where her memorial is so it's a difficult spot to find without a guide. Saigo Takamori was the leader of the Meiki Restoration and a famous figure in Japanese history.
Nishi Hongan-ji Temple
Nishi Hongan-ji Temple is the largest temple in southern Kyushu. From the outside it looks like any other temple but the inside is magnificent. If there are no services in progress we can enter the temple. From here you can walk back to the kimono shop and return your kimono or walk around the downtown area and do some souviner shopping or have lunch.
The kimono shop is about a one minute walk from the main gate. It takes about 20 minutes for women and 10 minutes for men to change. The starting time of the tour may vary depending on ho many people are in the group.