West coastline of the Satsuma Peninsula is sandy coast. This beach is called “FUKIAGE BEACH”.
Actually, the beach is one of 3 most beautiful Japanese beaches. Length of the beach is the longest in Japan. It is very pleasant to drive along the coast.
In my childhood, I often go to the beach to get seashells.
FUKIAGE SAND FESTIVAl is held in every May at this beautiful beach. This is the most famous event in Kagoshima Prefecture.
By making use of the sand, many artists and students made wonderful sandy objects at Fukiage Town, Minami-Satsuma City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.
This statue depicts famous historical battle in Japanese history!
Explanation of SAMURAI Sand Statue
Heike and Genji were battling over the political leadership in the 12th century in Japan.The sand statue depicts the Ichinotani battle in 1184.
The number of Heike soldiers is much bigger than that of Genji soldiers. It seems that Heike would win the battle.
However, Genji army made an unbelievable tactics.
Genji suddenly attacked Heike army from steep cliff of the backside of Heike’s headquarters.
The sudden attack was totally unexpected for Heike army, because the cliff was so steep that many people thought nobody could come down from the top of the cliff except for wild deer.
As a result, Genji won the battle of Ichinotani.
Japanese people have admired the courage of Genji soldiers during the battle until now.
FUKIAGE SAND FESTIVAL
The festival include wonderful fireworks, talk show and concerts.
It is very jolly! More than 100,000 people come to this event!
You can use free bus from Kagoshima-Chuo Station at Kagoshima City.
Admission fee is 1,000 per 1 adult.
MAP of FUKIAGE FESTIVAL
This is the best beach to drive along!