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at a glance

Maimatsubara lies in the Higashi ward near Kashii and is home to the Kyoshokuin Jutaku, which houses anywhere from six to seven ALTs at any given time.

getting there

By train…
Chihaya Station on the JR Kagoshima Line

By bus…
#24C from the 18B bus stand outside the Central Post Office in Tenjin; get off at Wakamiyata

eating and drinking

Dance Pine Fields 12 is a spacious izakaya that serves great food with the added bonus of live jazz every Thursday and Sunday night. Sun-Thu 5pm- 1am, Fri&Sat til 3am. In Wakamiyata next to the Hallo Days supermarket. Some English spoken. 092-683-1815.

Furaibo is a gem of a yakitori joint. They have a full range of everything you can imagine on a stick for about 100 a pop, and they also do take out. At the Wakamiyata intersection, towards the post office, next to a flower shop. 092-662-8850.

Tekoju Okonomiyaki Friendly owners welcome you into this okonomiyaki house that is always busy with locals. They offer a huge range of fillings like shrimp, cheese, mochi, corn and more, from about 600. An added bonus is often the friendly clientele, composed of neighborhood locals who have been known to offer free alcohol to foreign visitors. Wakamiyata opposite Sunny supermarket. 092-682-3752.


Kashii Sports Garden includes a McDonald’s, an internet cafe, PePecino Italian restaurant, a bowling alley, Esta Sports Club, indoor tennis courts, a driving range for golf and even an indoor snowboarding park (Snowtopia).

getting there…
Chihaya Station on the JR Kagoshima Line or Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line.

Kashiihama Beach is perfect for evening BBQs and fireworks in the summer. Fifteen minutes by bicycle from the Maimatsubara kyoshokuin jutaku. A large Aeon shopping mall is conveniently adjacent to the beach. It includes familiar stores such as Starbucks, The Body Shop, Tower Records, Jusco and an array of restaurants. The bicycle ride through Kashii itself is very pleasant, with cute boutiques that make for a nice afternoon of shopping.

getting there…
Ten-minute walk from Kashii Station on the JR Kagoshima Line or Nishitetsu Kaizuka Line