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Kagoshima

Sunny climate set to a Sakurajima backdrop

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Kirishima

Kirishima

Kirishima, the second biggest city in Kagoshima Prefecture, is a magnet for hikers due to its combination of mountainous trails and volcanic landscapes. The amazing sight afforded by the Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park area is best seen during spring to autumn as winter often sees hiking trail clos..

Kagoshima

Kagoshima

Kagoshima City is set against the backdrop of Sakurajima, an active volcano and the city's icon in Kagoshima Prefecture. The prefecture's capital city is likened to the Italian city of Naples due to its climate and presence of a volcano. Sakurajima can be accessed by a 10-minute ferry ride f..

Dining

Strange, Tasty Food In Yakushima

Strange, Tasty Food In Yakushima

No, you don't eat turtle hands in Yakushima -- although you will eat food which looks uncannily like that of a turtle hand. "Kame-no-te" directly translates to "turtle hand." However, it is actually a seafood! It is native to..

Eating 'Black Pork' in Kagoshima

Eating 'Black Pork' in Kagoshima

Most regions have their own culinary specialties in Japan, and Kagoshima is no different. As soon as you walk around in the city or grab a tourist guide, you will notice something called kurobuta, which means black pork. Why is it called black pork? ..

Kagomma Yataimura

Kagomma Yataimura

Hungry for something but not quite sure what? Want to sample a lot of different specialties without having to restaurant hop? Head to Kagomma Yataimura, a collection of food stalls just steps from Kagoshima-Chuo station. Kagomma Yataimura bring..

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Dormy Inn Kagoshima

Dormy Inn Kagoshima

Are you a history and nature fan? Then Kagoshima might be worth a visit! Even though the largest city in southern Kyushu and capital of Kagoshima Prefecture is not close to Tokyo, and many travelers don’t have it on the top of their sightseeing..

Ryokan Ginsyo

Ryokan Ginsyo

If you're thinking of overnighting in Ibusuki, the town at the bottom end of Kagoshima's Satsuma Peninsula, it's worth splashing out a bit for a stay at the Ryokan Ginsyo. The large, multi-floor ryokan sits right on the edge of Kagoshima ..

Minshuku Umikawa, Yakushima

Minshuku Umikawa, Yakushima

If you choose to visit Yakushima it's best to stay at least two nights, so you can enjoy the beauty and atmosphere of its ancient forests without having to worry about the ferry. A good place to stay is Minshuku Umikawa as it's friendly, comf..

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Ibusuki no Tamatebako

Ibusuki no Tamatebako

Affectionately named as the "treasure box" of Ibusuki, this beautifully designed train takes you on a scenic route from Kagoshima-chuo Station to Ibusuki. Enjoy gorgeous sea views as you relax in the comfortable seats of the "Ibusuki n..

Kagoshima Christmas Market

Kagoshima Christmas Market

Celebrate Christmas festivities with a stunning Christmas tree of light along with delicious food from the Kagoshima Christmas Market. Sit underneath a ceiling of stars and enjoy live music and performances. Located right outside Kagoshima-chuo stati..

Kagoshima Amu Plaza Ferris Wheel

Kagoshima Amu Plaza Ferris Wheel

Kagoshima not only has stunning beach views and has Sakurajima to show off, but the city also offers some beautiful night views from atop the Amu Plaza Ferris Wheel! Heighten your experience by choosing to ride the all glass cart, offering you great ..

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About kagoshima

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKyushu
IslandKyushu
CapitalKagoshima
Population1,706,242
Area9,188.10 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.

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