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Kagoshima
鹿児島

The town which changed the Japanese history and living with volcanos:

Kagoshima is a beautiful city and prefectural seat of Kagoshima Prefecture located in the southernmost part of Kyushu, where tourists can see Sakurajima Island pouring out fumes on the opposite bank. In addition, Kagoshima is a town of the political powers who defeated the Samurai Administration of the Edo Era and a cultural city where many historic inheritances still remain. Kagoshima uses these two keywords for attracting tourists.

Access and Getting Around

Kagoshima is the terminal of the Kyushu Shikansen.

Kagoshima City-view Bus: A tour bus (1200yen for a two-day pass) makes a circuit of the city’s main sights. An overnight sightseeing to Sakurajima whose fee includes a discount ticket of a ferry and a car is recommended. A tour bus take tourists to the main sights in the city. The tour information center is at Kagoshimachuo Station.

By train

1 hour 17 minutes from Hakata Station in Fukuoka by the Kyushu Shinkansen; 43 minutes from Kumamoto Station by the Kyushu Shinkansen;

2 hours from Miyazaki Station by limited express train by the Nippo Line.

By car

3 hours 10 minutes from Hakata Station in Fukuoka;

2 hours 6 minutes from Kumamoto Station.

By plane

45 minutes from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Kagoshima Airport, via JAL, ANA, Skymark with several flights per day. Flights from Nagoya, Osaka and so on in Japan.

Kagoshima

Features

Senganen Park

-Historic Sites 

Senganen Park is about 15,000 square meters of its site.The wide garden was originally built by the lord of Shimazu family who governed the area.It is the symbol of Kagoshima.People could not help admiring the clan’s power to build such a garden who changed the history of Japan.There are buildings and historic sites of the Edo period here and there in the garden....

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Kagoshima Castle Site

-Historic Sites 

The castle was built by Shimazu family in 1607, but was burnt down and the site only remains.That the Daimyo was so powerful but he was unknown outside the castle isthat the importance of the first feudal lord is not in the castle but in himself.It is imaginable that a clan living far away from the central government of Japan changed Japan.The Reimeikan Museum in the castle introduces the history ...

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Shiroyama Observatory

-Historic Sites  -Mountain View 

Shiroyama Observatory is on a small hill of 100 meters sea levelwhere the downtown of Kagoshima City and Sakurajima Island can be seen perfectly....

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Museum of the Meiji Restoration

-Culture 

It is a good place to know about the political turbulence of Japan even if a person does not know Japanese historybecause the Museum show the history and important people of Kagoshima during the Meiji Restoration.Next to it is a tour information center which provides a lot of tour information....

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Sakurajima Island

-Mountain View 

Sakurajima Island is a volcanic island located on the opposite shore of Kagoshima Bay facing with Kagoshima City,whose circumference is about 55 km.It was an island literally, but was connected with a peninsula by the eruption of the volcano in1914.Ferries leave Kagoshima Port for the Island frequently and a lot of visitors come to watchthe figure of the raw, active volcano and the beautiful mount...

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Sakurajima Visitor Center

-Culture 

It is a 10-minute walk from Sakurajima Port where visitors may learnabout the history of the Eruption of Sakurajima....

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Arimura Lava Observatory

-Mountain View 

Arimura Lava Observatory is located at the southern foot of Sakurajima Islandwhich was made on the lava field of 1914 in Arimura Village.Lava field opening to one side and black pine setting on roots on the lava create a unique scenery.There is a promenade of approximately 1km in total length, and not only the lava but also the view is splendid.A different Sakurajima will be seen from here, a comb...

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Sakurajima Lava Nagisa Promenade

-Mountain View 

It is a promenade 3 km long on the lava zone spreading out from the west of Sakurajima Ferry Pier,which is called a live textbook telling the horror of the volcano eruption of 1914 that burnt down everything.Never skip this place....

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Yunohira Observatory

-Mountain View 

Yunohira Observatory is located at 373 meters above sea level, the fourth stage of Mount Sakurajimadake.Upside, mountains of Sakurajima can be seen; downside, the lave field, ferries arriving and departing Kagoshima Portat the foot of the mountain, the downtown of Kagoshima and the Kirishima Mountains can be seen.Therefore, it is really a view point of Sakurajima Island....

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Maibotsu-torii

-Specific Nature 

The torii which was buried in the roadside of the Sakurajima east shoreline.In the big eruption of 1914, eight villages of Sakurajima were buried by the lava,and 687 families in the Kurogami area were also buried.Only the upper part on the torii of 3m in height gives a brain from the surface of the earthand tells you about horror of the eruption of the volcano....

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Ohara Festival

-Festivals 

It is held on November 2,3 every year. It is the biggest festival in southern Kyushu,where 20,000 people from different parts take part in and dance to folk songs of Kagoshima, and have a parade.Visitors are also allowed to be in.It seem really a Kagoshima-like festival which offers alcoholic beverages produced by the local areas at the water pointin the dance meeting place.                       ...

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Accommodation around Kagoshima

Links

Kagoshima Convention & Visitors Bureau

Kagoshima Prefectural Visitors Bureau

 

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