Kikai Island Vacations
Savvy travelers often use Kikai Island as a jumping off point for further explorations. This sought-after tourism region is home to a treasure-trove of fascinating attractions. If you're keen to explore more of the region, you'll find Tatsugo, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the east, and Amami 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the east.
Experience the culinary arts of Kagoshima by trying out the food enjoyed here. Local favorite foods are tonkotsu (stewed pork belly and ribs) and satsumaage (deep fried fish paste), but of course there are many other mouthwatering options to sample.
Learning the local language is the simplest way to understand a different culture so why not equip yourself with some everyday Japanese words and phrases before you go. "Isshoni odorimasenka?" is a good one to try. In English, it means "Would you like to dance with me?" You'll also realise that knowing how to say "Benjo wa doko desu ka?", which translates to "Where's the toilet?", can make all the difference.
The 23rd of December is the day when many people in Japan observe Birthday of Emperor Akihito, so look out for special events and festivities if you're fortunate enough to be visiting Kagoshima then.
When it is time to leave Kikai Island, say goodbye the way locals do, with a heartfelt "Sayōnara."