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Igatani is located 580 miles southwest of Tokyo, the nation's capital city.
Stretch out those tired legs and go for a leisurely stroll by the water. Urada Beach, 35 miles to the south, and Iso Beach, 35 miles to the northwest, are two great choices.
If you're longing to reconnect with the sights and sounds of Mother Nature, round up the family and head to Kojima Island, located 19 miles from Igatani. Another option is Mochiosekinoo Prefectural Park, 30 miles away.
Take a trip to Kaizo. It's approximately 0.9 miles away from Igatani, and where you'll find Uwatoko Park and Uchinoura Space Center. Alternatively, you could stop by Kanoya Air Base Museum and Kanoya Rose Garden in Kanoya. This destination is 15 miles out of Igatani.
About 25 miles to the northeast of Igatani is Nichinan, a regional center which is home to Udo Shrine, Obi-jō and Obi Castle Remains. Old Ito Denzaemon House and Ihei Yamamoto House are other options that ought to be on every traveler's to-do list.
Immerse yourself in the food culture of Kagoshima by taking your taste buds on a tour of its enticing cafés and restaurants.
Plunge into the depths of this culinary culture by sampling local ingredients. Among the most prominent are beef and noodles.
Do as the locals do and enjoy tempura (deep fried seafood or vegetables) and hakata ramen (noodles in pork bone soup).
Are you a bit of a sweet tooth? Enjoy some anpan (sweet roll)
If beer is what you're after, head down to a nearby watering hole and ask the bartender to pull you a local favorite. If they know what they're doing, you'll be presented with a Asahi Premium Beer Jukusen.
Not in the mood for alcohol? Genmaicha (green tea with brown rice), is a nice alternative.
Do you want to try a local spirit? If so, get your hands on a bottle of junmaishu.
Maybe one of the most useful courtesies you can give to the locals you meet on your travels is to make the effort to memorize a few common words and phrases. Konbanwa translates to good evening in Japanese. Konnichiwa (hello) is another handy one to keep up your sleeve.
A lively national celebration, Birthday of Emperor Akihito is something you won't want to miss. It takes place on the 23rd of December.
As the sun sets on your adventures, spend your leftover yen on last-minute souvenirs and bid "後でお会いしましょう (Atode o ai shimashou)" to the characters you have met and the landscapes you've seen.
For those who plan on leaving by plane, remember that the handiest airport is roughly 40 miles to the northwest.
Situated in Kanoya, this resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Ryukyu Islands and within 9 mi (15 km) of Kanoya Air Base Museum and Kanoya Rose Garden. Kanoya City Culture Museum is 12.3 mi (19.8 km) away.
Situated in Kanoya, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ryukyu Islands and Kanoya Air Base Museum. Kanoya Rose Garden is 4 mi (6.5 km) away.