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Kanoya (鹿屋市) is a city of 104,000 people (2015) in Kagoshima. Kanoya is popularly called the "Town of Roses".


Hydrangeas by Lake Osumi

Kanoya City is in the center of the Osumi peninsula of Kagoshima prefecture in Japan.

Get in[edit]

Kanoya is the most populous city in Japan without any connection to railway services.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is Kagoshima Airport in Kirishima City. Kanoya Bus Stop (in front of Lina City Kanoya) is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes by limousine bus from Kagoshima Airport.

By car[edit]

It takes about 1 hour and 14 minutes on the highway and about 1 hour and 40 minutes on the general road (via National Highway 504 ) by private car.

By bus[edit]

By ferry[edit]

Get around[edit]


  • Kanoya Air Field Archives — Imperial Japanese Navy exhibition of the history of the era to the present day of the Maritime Self-Defense Force. There are also many exhibits related to the kamikaze corps . free entrance.
  • Kirishima months hill park — equipped with one of Japan's leading rose gardens, athletics, and bungalows (some charges apply).
  • Airacho Railway Museum (former Osumi Line Aira Station Ruins)


  • Kanoya Rose Festival (May, November) — held at Kirishimagaoka Park
  • Marine Festa in Kanoya (July, Marine Day )
  • Kanoya Summer Festival (late July)
  • Summer Fireworks Festival (late July) —





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