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Kagoshima

Sunny climate set to a Sakurajima backdrop

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Ryokan Ginsyo

Ryokan Ginsyo

Mandy Bartok

Soak in the views of Kagoshima Bay while simultaneously soaking in a rooftop onsen at Ryokan Ginsyo in Ibusuki

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Kanoya Rose Garden

Kanoya Rose Garden

Kim

The Kanoya Rose Garden in Kagoshima lays claim to being Japan's largest rose garden, with an impressive 50,000 roses covering..

Akune Oshima

Akune Oshima

Christopher Lawson

Akune Oshima is a sandy, emerald-green island jewel off the coast of Kagoshima. Perfect for for marine activities, deer spotting..

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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
Region Kyushu
Island Kyushu
Capital Kagoshima
Population 1,706,242
Area 9,188.10 km²

If you love history, Kagoshima Prefecture (鹿児島県, Kagoshima-ken) 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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