Hoshi-no-bunkakan – FAQ
- Hoshi-no-bunkakan – FAQ
Visiting by public transport
From Hainuzuka Station (JR Kagoshima Main Line, Chikugo City), take the Horikawa Bus Haya Line from. Hainuzukaeki-mae bus stop to Fukushima bus stop (Yame City). It takes about 20 minutes.
Change buses at Fukushima to take the Horikawa Bus Hoshino Line to Ikenoyama-mae (Hoshino Village). It takes about 60 minutes.
There is only around 1 bus every hour from Fukushima bus stop to Hoshino Village, so please check the timetable on the Horikawa Bus website in advance.
When you come to Hoshino Village to stay at Hoshi-no-bunkakan (hotel) by bus, please tell the hotel staffs the departure time of Fukushima bus stop. The staff can pick you up at Ikenoyama-mae bus stop (the nearest bus stop). *It takes about 20 minutes from the nearest busstop to the hotel on foot.
There is no public transport running from the direction of Hita and Ukiha.
Are there any other nearby tourist attractions?
Other nearby tourist attractions include the Cha-no-bunkakan, Peace Square, several teashops (places where you can buy Hoshino tea), Onsen Kirara (hot spring located within Ikenoyamaso), walks around Lake Aso, terraced rice paddies in Hirouchi, and Muroyama Shrine.
The Hoshi-no-bunkakan also has its own lawned park.
Hita, a popular sightseeing destination in Japan, is only around 40 minutes away by car.
I would like to know about the Hoshi-no-bunkakan’s time schedule.
Check-in: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Please make sure to have finished dinner, onsen visits etc. by 9 p.m.
Planetarium: 9:15 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Guide to today’s starry sky: From 10 p.m.
Breakfast handed out: 8:30 a.m.
Check-out: By 10 a.m.
What dinner options are available?
Please bring your dinner with you or eat en route. All nearby places to eat are closed from the late afternoon onward. It takes around 20 minutes by car to reach the nearest convenience store. For restaurants, please drive in the direction of Yame City or Ukiha City.
For breakfast, you will be provided with a boxed meal freshly prepared by the Cha-no-bunkakan’s restaurant.
What if it is cloudy or raining on the day of my visit?
Following the planetarium show and facility tour, staff will give a multimedia talk in the large telescope room on telescopes and interesting facts about stars. The content of the talk sometimes changes, and each speaker has his or her own unique program. In fact, some people even say that rainy days are actually more interesting. If the weather clears up during the program and the stars become visible, you will be able to experience using the telescope as originally scheduled.
What kinds of facilities are available in guest rooms?
Air-conditioning and heating, telephone, free Wi-Fi, electric kettle, refrigerator, side lamp, radio, toilet with washlet, bath (Star Cabin has a shower but no tub), sink, closet. There is no TV or safe.
Other facilities: microwaves (communal ×2), extra beds (only 1 additional bed allowed for 2 or more guests staying in a twin room), folding beds for stargazing, barrier-free toilets. The 100 cm telescope has been designed with visitor accessibility in mind. Vending machine. Parking area.
What kinds of amenities are available in guest rooms?
Towels (free to take home), toothbrush set, sponges, cotton buds, combs, razors, amenity bags, liquid soap, tea & coffee set, bath towels (except Star Cabin), hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, body soap, slippers, nightwear (adult guests only, except Star Cabin).
What if I wish to cancel my booking?
You can make cancellations over the phone.
You will not be charged if you cancel up to the day before your scheduled visit. However, you will be charged the full accommodation rate as a cancellation fee if you cancel on your scheduled arrival date or do not show up.
Please note that you will not be charged the cancellation fee in the event you are cancelling due to natural disasters such as typhoons, snowfall, earthquakes etc., or a sudden illness or accident. In such cases, please get in touch to discuss your situation.
Do the roads around the the Hoshi-no-bunkakan freeze during winter?
The roads around the SHoshi-no-bunkakan may freeze at night and early morning during winter, but the ice generally melts by the time guests check out.
The area rarely experiences heavy snowfall, but in the event such weather is forecast, we may call guests with a booking to determine whether or not their visit is still possible.
What payment methods do you accept?
In addition to cash, we also accept credit cards, WAON, debit cards, ID, and Rakuten Edy.
Is there a parking area?
Yes, there is.
There is also an exclusive parking area for guests.
Is there a smoking area?
Yes, there is.
Ash trays are located outside the building.