Hokusatsu Regional Park, Kagoshima

A range of mini parks inside one vast park

By Christopher Lawson    - 3 min read

A surprise find on the outskirts of the little town of Miyanojo, Hokusatsu Regional Park in Kagoshima, Kyushu, is a massive park that just keeps giving. Visiting, you think you've seen it all only to turn another corner to find another great surprise.

Basking in nature

There are flower gardens, a bamboo forest, a sakura cherry blossom garden, grassy areas and two ponds. Another delight is the foot onsen. This foot hot spring is just what you need after taking a trek along one of the parks many paths or simply as a way to relax. Dip your feet and enjoy a soak while breathing in the fresh air.

Hokusatsu Regional Park
Hokusatsu Regional Park

A host of traditional buildings offer, not only a tranquil environment for a picnic or some peaceful time to reflect, but also traditional craft workshops and a traditional tea ceremony. (It's better to book in advance.)

Traditional house
Traditional house

Fun for all the family

No matter the age range of your party, this park has fun for all. Younger children will love the playground and open grassy areas to run around, while older children and adults can enjoy the giant wooden assault course and climbing course. Outdoor games or grass sports can be enjoyed here on the purpose-built pitches. The whole family will enjoy the observation deck, which offers stunning views of the park and the surrounding area. It's definitely worth the climb to the top!

Water wheel
Water wheel

Fireflies bring light to the park

If you're lucky enough to visit the park during May, you’ll experience the magical sight of fireflies lighting up the park at one of the beautiful ponds.

Make your visit an overnight stay

The park also offers eight bungalows (each sleeping six to eight people), 11 spots for campers and a camping site for tent camping. There is also on-site indoor public bath and outdoor hot spring, which can be enjoyed by happy campers. Tents, sleeping and cooking equipment can be rented from the park centre.

All in all, Hokusatsu Regional Park is simply a great place for family and friends to enjoy Japan's wonderful natural surroundings.

Getting there

Take Route 267 from Satsumasendai heading towards Satsuma town for a 40-minute drive. From Kagoshima City, take Route 3, then change to Route 328 for about a 70-minute drive.

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Sherilyn Siy 6 months ago
So green. I like the rustic traditional house.
Elizabeth S 6 months ago
So beautiful! I highly recommend staying in a park like this with onsen and camp site. Taking your time in the Japanese landscape gives you a whole different perspective on Japan.
Kim B 6 months ago
Such beautiful wide open space!
Elena Lisina 6 months ago
Quiet places! Though Japan seems to be not too big, Kagoshima is very far away!
Sleiman Azizi 6 months ago
Thanks for this! I'm a big fan of these kinds of parks. Japan's natural parks are a great place to get connected with the country in a non-brand way. Highly recommend it.