You can only see beautiful stars in the desert or Hawaii. Kamiamakusa will greatly exceed (NANAME-UE) your expectations if you are under that mistaken impression. This is an attractive area. You can camp at Ryugatake where the Myui Observatory is located and then take in the stars twice - once in nature and once with an astronomical telescope.
Ryugatake boasts the highest elevation in Kamiamakusa (470 meters). A magnificent view different to Mt. Sengan and Mt. Takabuto extends out from the summit close to the sea. There is a campground at the summit. Therefore, you can see the stunning starry sky at night while enjoying the magnificent views in nature.
The Myui Observatory is located near the summit of Ryugatake. The word "Myui," which is difficult to pronounce and remember, originates from the Amakusa dialect. It means "look!" (This is a word in the Amakusa dialect that you can start using immediately from tomorrow.) The Myui Observatory is located in a blessed environment without light pollution. It has been selected as Japan's best starry sky in the past. Even beginners can feel free to drop by and enjoy the planets (e.g., Jupiter and Saturn), star clusters, nebula and double stars at this observatory!
After looking at the starry sky that extends out in the nature at the campsite, check out the stars from the Myui Observatory. Please then look with your naked eye at the starry sky you saw from the observatory after returning back to the campsite. In this way, you can enjoy an ultra-luxurious starry sky observation experience as many times as you like!
|Shop or Facility Name||Ryugatake Mountaintop Natural Park|
|Address||3360-47 Odo, Ryugatake-machi, Kamiamakusa-shi, Kumamoto|
|Open||13:00～21:00（Myui Observatory's open time）|
|Closed||Monday (In the case that Monday is a special holiday, it is closed on Tuesday instead.)|
The sunset fascinates people with its beauty while serving as a sign signaling the end of the day. There are various spots where you can view the beautiful sunset in Kamiamakusa. In particular, the sunset you can see from Mt. Takabuto allows you to enjoy a distinctive sunset due to the natural landscape in addition to having a beauty to the extent it has been selected as one of the top one hundred sunsets in Japan. The sun setting in the sea between the islands known as one of the three great islands named Matsushima in Japan is a landscape that will greatly exceed (NANAME-UE) your expectations - it is distinctive to a normal sunset on the horizon. It would be a waste not to see this distinctive sunset if you come all the way to visit Kamiamakusa. There are also many hot spring inns in the city. Therefore, why don't you spend you time relaxing in a inn after watching the sunset?
Rental bicycles that can be enjoyed in various areas are a strong ally of travelers. However, the rental bicycles in Kamiamakusa are a little bit different. The difference is undeniably their quality and originality. The 10 road bikes here have special specifications designed on the motif of NANAME-UE KAMIAMAKUSA. They were co-produced with one of the world's leading bicycle manufacturers called "DIZO" (Taiwan). Furthermore, the components (e.g., bicycle gears) are SHIMANO 105 that are also suitable for bike races. Enjoying such luxurious bicycles as rental bicycles will truly greatly exceed (NANAME-UE) your expectations.
You can see many trees with a mysterious look and appearance that are not just simply tall here. If you visit trees quietly watching over the efforts greatly beyond (NANAME-UE) your expectations in Kamiamakusa and then take a deep breath under them, you will soothe your mind and soul tired from sightseeing.
The rooms of ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) and hotels come with various features these days. These include rooms with open air baths, rooms with lower-temperature saunas and rooms with Jacuzzis. However, a room with a fishing pond will surely greatly exceed (NANAME-UE) your expectations! Nagisatei in Kamiamakusa has a room that will greatly exceed (NANAME-UE) your expectations because you can fish while you are in it. This experience, which allows you to fish from the deck of the room, offers the ultimate in luxurious time. You can also rent fishing tackle (with bait). This means you can arrive here empty-handed.
If you take a cruise for about 40 minutes from Kamiamakusa, you can see wild dolphins swimming up-close. You will be just a few meters from dolphins swimming around the boat and playing together in a group. The dolphin encounter rate will greatly exceed (NANAME-UE) your expectations at 98%!
Kamiamakusa is the only place where you can enjoy a tour that takes in magnificent views under your eyes while visiting strangely-shaped rocks at the same time.
There are many hot springs in Kamiamakusa Onsen-kyo, but is there really one in a cave? You cannot experience such a mysterious space unless you go to Yurakutei (Daidokutsu no Yado Yurakutei) in Kamiamakusa.
Kojima Park Campsite in Kamiamakusa is one of the most photogenic spots in Kyushu located adjacent to a beautiful swimming beach. A straight path stretches out over the sea to the campsite.