Kirishima Art No Mori

霧島アートの森

Basic information:

Opened from 9: 00 ~ 17: 00 (entrance up to 16: 30)
While on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 7/20 to 8/31 opened until 19:00 (entrance up to 18:30)

Closed on Mondays, New Year’s holiday (12/29-01/02), 3rd Monday-4th Monday in February.

Entrance fee for permanent exhibition: 310 yen per adult

If you’re ever in Kagoshima and would like to do a half-day trip outside of the city, one of the places I recommend is Kirishima Art No Mori. It is not exactly located at the Kirishima train stop so be careful. From Kagoshima Chuo Station, we caught the train to Kurino Station (switched trains at Hayato station). This cost about 1,500 yen per person (each way) but totally covered with JR passes since there are JR trains that go there. The combined trip took 1hr 30 mins. Then from Kurino station, we could have caught the bus that would carry us straight to the museum (200 yen per adult). But unfortunately, since we missed the bus, we had to catch a taxi, and it actually cost 2,770 yen. The driver was kind enough to take off 500 yen because he saw that we waited for the bus for quite some time. It was a misunderstanding on our part since we could not figure the (pretty straight forward) bus schedule. But don’t make our silly mistake. I’ve included a bus schedule from Kurino Station to Kirishima Art No Mori. It seems that buses come by 5 times per day.

This is the schedule at the train.

This is the schedule given to us by the museum.

On our way to Kurino Station, we caught a sightseeing express train that serves food, drinks, and snacks. It also stopped at historical stations that had that ancient appeal. It was quite interesting, especially for persons interested in trains and railways.

Here’s a menu of the express train.

 

They also had books to read for children and adults (in Japanese, of course).



 

The museum only had (maybe) 10 persons when we went that Tuesday morning. I remember going on a Saturday and it was filled with students and couples, so it does get a bit crowded.

It has a restaurant where you can buy curry or pasta, along with drinks, snacks and souvenirs.

It also has wheelchairs, lockers, and strollers for rent.

There is always an exhibition inside that costs extra and no pictures/videos are allowed for this. It is great for persons interested in peaceful nature, unconventional art, forests and the countryside.

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