Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Chiran

Chiran Peace Museum

Around 2km west of town, Chiran’s air base was the point of departure for 1036 WWII kamikaze pilots (Tokkō), the largest percentage in the Japanese military. On its former site, the large, thought-provoking Kamikaze…
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, in which water is usually symbolised by sand, shirasu (volcanic ash) or gravel. Allow up to one le…
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 a bowl of hot soba (¥650) or Satsuma specialities such as tonkotsu teis…
Teahouse in Chiran

Satsuma Eikoku-kan

Chiran Eikoku-kan is across the main road from the samurai houses and marked by a slightly dented double-decker British-style bus. It offers tea (from ¥540), a cup of which entitles you to take the tour of the tiny …