About Kagoshima
Region:Kyushu
Island:Kyushu
Capital:Kagoshima
Population:1,706,242
Area:9,188.10 sq. km

If you love history, Kagoshima is the place to go. Christianity was first introduced to Japan in Kagoshima by Francis Xavier, and Western technology entered Japan at Tanegashima in the form of muskets. But perhaps most notably, the powerful Satsuma Domain, which ushered in the Meiji Restoration, was located in Kagoshima; not surprisingly, the leader of the Satsuma Rebellion, the revered Saigo Takamori, was born there as well. Kagoshima also houses the somber Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots.

History aside, the southernmost prefecture of Japan (excluding Okinawa) is famous for Yakushima Island, a World Heritage Site; the island is noted for its majestic Yakusugi trees and is an excellent hiking location. The great volcano of Sakurajima, one of the most active in the world, towers over the city.

Some of Japan’s best sake is brewed in Kagoshima from their Satsuma sweet potatoes.

Things to Do in Kagoshima

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Ibusuki no Tamatebako

Ride this special "treasure box" train to Ibusuki

Kagoshima Christmas Market

Christmas festivities outside Kagoshima-chuo station!

Kagoshima Amu Plaza Ferris Wheel

All glass car and stunning views of Kagoshima

Strange, Tasty Food In Yakushima

"Turtle hand" and other foods rarely found elsewhere

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Kagoshima Christmas Market

Christmas festivities outside Kagoshima-chuo station!

Looks like a nice event!

Ibusuki no Tamatebako

Ride this special "treasure box" train to Ibusuki

I wish I can take this ride someday .

Mt. Miyanoura in Yakushima

A 6-hour hike to the summit

I like the colors in pics 1 and 4!

Yakushima Island

Trees, trees, trees

Really fantastic place! I'd like to visit it someday! Great photos!