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Kagoshima

Sunny climate set to a Sakurajima backdrop

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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..

Goya Specialty Soup Curry

Goya Specialty Soup Curry

Walking through the streets of Tenmonkan shopping district, you find yourself surprised with the delicious aroma of soup and spices. You look around in confusion at first, seeing only a bookstore and a cosmetics shop beside you. Then you see it. The ..

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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..

Mt. Miyanoura in Yakushima

Mt. Miyanoura in Yakushima

Get ready for the best and worst 12 hours of your life! Mt. Miyanoura (1,936M) is the highest mountain in the Kyushu area (southern Japan) and is located on the island of Yakushima in Kagoshima Prefecture. It is part of the area which is a UNESCO Wo..

Isso Beach, Yakushima

Isso Beach, Yakushima

A pristine island beach in southern Japan, Isso Beach is a relaxing get-away while visiting Yakushima. The island itself, located in Kagoshima Prefecture, is famous to many non-Japanese and Japanese alike because of the classic Studio Ghibli anime f..

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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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