Top things to do in Chiran

Top Choice Museum in Chiran

Chiran Peace Museum

There is perhaps no more eloquent monument to the futility of war than this harrowing museum about WWII kamikaze pilots. Around 2km west of town, Chiran’s air base was the point of departure for 1036 WWII tokkō ('sp…
Historic Building in Chiran

Samurai Houses

Seven of the mid-Edo-period residences along Chiran’s 700m street of samurai houses have gardens open to the public. Water is usually symbolised in the gardens by sand, shirasu (volcanic ash) or gravel. Allow up to …
Noodles in Chiran

Taki-An

Just off the samurai street, Taki-An is a lovely restaurant in another traditional house where you can sit on tatami and admire the garden over hot or cold ocha udon (noodles made with green tea; ¥650) or Satsuma sp…
Teahouse in Chiran

Satsuma Eikoku-kan

Across the main road from the samurai houses and marked by a slightly dented, red double-decker bus, this teahouse serves award-winning English-style teas from ¥540. The Yumefuki loose tea, made with Chiran leaves, …