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“Run-down tourist trap; can see scenery without entering”

Nagasakibana Parking Garden
Ranked #19 of 36 things to do in Ibusuki
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Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Run-down tourist trap; can see scenery without entering”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

As you approach Nagasakibana Cape, the final half kilometer or so is blocked to general traffic and you are funneled into the large parking lot facing the Parking Garden park. From there, it's easy to get the impression that the only way to walk down to the coast to see the beautiful view of Mt. Kaimon is to pay ¥1200 (apx USD 12 as of early 2014) as an entrance fee to the garden. WRONG! I discovered the hard way that all one needs to do is to hike back up the hill out of the parking lot and walk farther down the road. At that point you will enter the small avenue of souvenir shops lining the route to the cape. The cape itself merits a separate review; for now I will say that the scenery there is wonderful and worth the detour from Ibusuki or even Kagoshima.

Back to the "Garden". What you get for your ¥1200 is a run-down children's zoo that looks like it was developed in the 1960s or 1970s and hasn't had any serious money invested into upgrades since. The animals are mostly in old-style pens or even sad-looking cages, and to my amateur eye many looked like they weren't in good shape. There are a few places where they offer animal shows (like a parrot show), but I wasn't there when they were being held.

My overall impression is that this "Garden" was depressing. I felt sorry for the animals, and also for the owners who seem to have no financial resources to upgrade this place. I imagine it is probably on its last legs and won't last much longer. The best part of it is the cliff-top scenery along the coast, but as mentioned before there is no need to enter the "Garden" in order to enjoy such views.

Visited January 2014
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Tokyo, Japan
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“Good diversity”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

I recall this park had a small zoo with colorful parrots you can get close up to. And there was a pink flamingo show. There are climbing platforms made of wood. A good view of Mt. Kaimondake can be seen. This mountain is perfectly symmetrical, similar to Mt. Fuji. I highly recommend that more gaijin visit this area south of Ibusuki via rental car because there are many attractions. I call it one of the best kept secrets in Japan. There is Lake Ikeda with the huge unagi eels and excellent restaurant, and it's own legend of a lake monster. There is the famous soba place known throughout Japan where the soba goes round and round in swirling water. There is a mountain lookout with a horse park. You can go all the way west to a cape. There is a famous Zero (warplane) museum. Kagoshima Flower Park is well worth a visit. I would devote at least two days to this area, not including a stay at Ibusuki.

Visited July 2013
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