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Bandokorobana Nature Park
The park was built on the site formally known as Bandokoro where the Satsuma clan guarded the area from an ocean invasion over 200 years ago. Visitors can enjoy a majestic view of Mt. Kaimon (also known as "Satsuma Fuji") from the observation deck and a walking path. There is a bell called the bell of happiness where you make a wish and ring the bell. The number of times you ring the bell signals the type of wish. There are some tidal pools made by pyroclastic flows that are inhabited by seahorses and small fish.
- 5202 Eicho Beppu, Minamikyushu-shi, Kagoshima
- Contact No.
- 15-min walk from Mizunarikawa Station on JR Line
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Open all the time
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
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Kaigara Ema (Shell Votive Tablet)
You will find many orange shells hanging in the park. They are votive tablets called ema. You write your wish on it and then hang it up. You can purchase one for 100 yen. They are believed to be good for matchmaking and bringing good luck. It is especially popular with female visitors.
Bandokoro no Kane (Bell of the Guard Station)
You can find many seahorses in this park, and they symbolize a harmonious marriage. There is also a bell called Bandokoro no Kane, and the number of times you ring the bell determines the type of wish, such as once for happiness, twice for good health, three times for fulfillment in love and a harmonious marriage, four times for blessing to have children and five times for an easy delivery.
The ocean in the area is known for its clear water. There are many small fish and seahorses making it a good snorkeling spot. You can also enjoy fishing and playing in the tidal pools.