Kajiki (加治木町 Kajiki-chō?) was a town located in Aira District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. It is located north of the city of Kagoshima. Kajiki is located on the northern part of the bay. Kagoshima Airport is to the north.
It is accessed with the Kyūshū Expressway at Interchange 25-1 along with the Junction and access with another freeway linking to and in the east. The interchange was opened on December 13, 1973 and extended north to Mizobe-Kagoshima Airport on November 29, 1976. On March 25, 1992, a section was opened which became the East Kyūshū Expressway on December 19, 2001 when the expressway became connected.
Kajiki has elementary schools, middle schools, high schools including Kajiki High School (Kajiki Kōkō), one of the top 5 academic schools of Kagoshima. Kajiki's main station is Kajiki train station, with a view of Sakurajima. There is also a post office, parks and banks. A river runs slightly west of Kajiki. In the spring time, the park that runs along the river is a popular place for locals to enjoy Hanami (flower watching) BBQs.
Kajiki is well known, in Kagoshima prefecture and even some places outside of Kagoshima, for its Kajiki manju. Kajiki manju is rice dough filled with sweet red bean paste (anko). There are a few Kajiki manju shops in and around Kajiki but most locals will say the shop cloest to the train tracks on rout 55 makes the best manju. This shop is only open Monday to Saturday from around 8:30am (or 9:00am) and they close when they sell out, which can be around 1:30pm or 2:30pm. One Kajiki manju is 80yen.
Two interesting points to see in Kajiki are Ryumon Falls and a preserved section of a path Saigo Takamori and his men used to walk to Tokyo from Kagoshima. This path has been used in NHK TV programs.
Kajiki is located on a small valley and a plain. The mountains dominate the north and west.
The Kumo Gassen is an annual traditional event in Kajiki town, the most famous spider-fighting contest: this event has a long and unbroken tradition and dates back to four hundred years ago.
Most people in Kajiki rear samurai spiders: all the spiders in the event are female Black and Yellow Argiopes. Spiders are raised carefully and live with their owners, free to wander in the house and make cobwebs as they please.
- Aira City official website (Japanese)