Spots in Kagoshima Area

  • Chiran Peace Museum
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    4.5
    692 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Chiranchoukori 17881
    This museum collects materials and personal items relating to the special attack unit (kamikaze unit) active at the end of World War II. The museum was erected on the site of a former launch base with the aim of preserving records of the time for future generations and in a prayer for peace. Parties of 10 or more can listen to a storyteller with advance reservation. The museum also provides English, Chinese, and Korean audio guides. A five-minute walk from the Tokkokannon-iriguchi bus stop.

    My sons and I went to Japan to visit my home country and home town Kagoshima. While there we decided to take a trip to Chiran to visit the Samurai town and the Peace museum at the same time. I was...

  • Sand Bath Hall Saraku
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    4.5
    461 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yunohama 5-25-18
    A hot spring bath facility where you can enjoy Ibusuki’s famed hot spring sand baths. The sand baths use the heat of the hot springs naturally welling up under the coast; bathers wear a white robe and are buried in sand stirred to reach just the right temperature, heating the body. Depending on weather conditions, you can even enjoy your sand bath right at the edge of the waves. Even when the weather is not perfect, the facility has a covered sand bathing area, ensuring you can enjoy your sand bath no matter what it is like outside. The sand baths aid in relieving nerve pain, rheumatism, and cold extremities. Approximately five minutes by car from Ibusuki Station.

    Its not anywhere in the world that you get to sand Bath. This place lets you spend time relaxing at the sand bath, then wash off and space out at the onsen. Nice place to spend a late afternoon esp...

  • Io World Kagoshima City Aquarium
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    4.0
    387 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Honkoushinmachi 3-1
    This is the municipal aquarium built on the coast, on Kagoshima Bay facing Sakurajima Island. In the Kuroshio Large Tank which contains as much as 1,500 tons of water, you can watch the tuna and bonito migrating on the Kuroshio Current. Among them, the impact of the whale shark “Yu Yu” is a highlight. The seal exhibitions and dolphin pool are also popular. It is a 15-minute walk from Kagoshima Station.

    The City Aquarium is four floors of fish and education. There are several large tanks with lots of fish and a legend explaining the various types. There are a couple of fish larger than a regular...

  • Museum of the Meiji Restoration
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    4.0
    427 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Kajiyachou 23-1
    Satsuma (now western Kagoshima Prefecture) was the birthplace of Saigo Takamori, Okubo Toshimichi, and numerous other heroes of the Meiji Restoration. The Museum of the Meiji Restoration uses a variety of means to present the history of Satsuma and Japan during that momentous time. The centerpiece of the museum is the historic dramas shown in the Meiji Restoration Experience Hall on the basement floor. In the “Road to the Restoration,” life-sized robotic models of figures such as Saigo Takamori and Okubo Toshimichi and multiple projection screens are used to present a stunning drama. In the “Satsuma Students, Go West” exhibit, the story of the students sent to study overseas in England in defiance of the national government is presented.

    The Museum is in a pleasant building along the promenade, not far from the main train station. There’s a nice walk along the river that passes the museum. The staff are quite helpful, though there is...

  • Tontoro
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    4.0
    404 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yamanokuchichou 9-41
    A popular ramen restaurant that is also one of Kagoshima's best located in the Temmonkan-dori shopping arcade. As its name implies in Japanese, the restaurant's specialty Tontoro Ramen is topped with pork that practically melts in your mouth. The broth, made with pork bones, chicken bones, and seafood, is surprisingly light, making it popular with the shop's women customers as well. The rice with roasted pork is also popular and includes a heaping helping of chashu roast pork made with neck meat, a rare delicacy of which only a small amount can be obtained from one animal. A three-minute walk from Takamibaba Station on the municipal tram.

    We had a ramen dinner that was quick and delicious. There is a machine for ordering as you enter - plenty of pictures make it easy, and a small area for sitting. The ramen was hot, the pork melted in...

  • Kagomma Furusato Yataimura
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    4.0
    318 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Chuouchou 6-4
    A new food theme park a five-minute walk from Kagoshima-Chuo Station which was just opened in 2012. The park is home to 25 yatai (food stands) offering the unique flavors of Kagoshima, including local dishes, kushiage (deep fried skewers), seafood, eels, and tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen, as well as a shochu (Japanese white liquor) bar which doubles as an information center. The park is dedicated to local production for local consumption, reasonable prices, and hospitality; the friendly Kagoshima dialect with which patrons are greeted is also sure to make you smile.

    Planned short visit there to have tourists experience.. but ended up to stay the whole evening time thanks to the nice food a d friendly atmostphere :)

  • Ryokojin Sansou
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    4.5
    328 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Makizonochoutakachiho 3865
    A long-standing hotel established in 1917. The 165 thousand square meter hotel grounds sprawl in a quiet, natural forest. The hotel was formerly the Maruo Ryokan inn, where famous authors and poets such as Akiko Yosano, Mokichi Saito, and Ujo Noguchi stayed and left their handwritten works. The hotel’s bathhouse is supplied by a simple spring and a simple sulfur spring, and bathers can relax in a large indoor bath or outdoor bath. The waters of the simple spring can also be drunk for health benefits. The bathhouse is open to non-guests, and the hotel also boasts four outdoor baths which can be privately reserved for ultimate relaxation. The hotel serves traditional Japanese kaiseki course cuisine made with seasonal ingredients from Kagoshima.

    I booked a Japenese style room for one night. It faces the Sakurajima and the view is good. Meals are good but nothing special. Ladies can choose Yukata at the lobby and the one for men is placed in...

  • Yunohira Observation Point
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    4.0
    280 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Sakurajimakoikechou 1025
    A viewing site called the closest to the caldera located at the fourth station on Sakurajima 373 meters above sea level. Depending on the activity of the volcano, visitors can see smoke billowing out, as well as the Taisho Lava Field spreading out before their eyes. The observation point is the highest point on Sakurajima which general visitors may enter and can be traveled to by car. The viewing area is open any time and is a popular spot to visit at night when a great panorama of Kagoshima’s nightscape is visible. Approximately 15 minutes by car from Sakurajima Port.

    I was there in early December while the weather was cloudy. The lookout was very windy and cold in the obserrvation deck but the view was superb in view of its location.

  • Healthy Land
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    4.5
    243 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yamagawafukumoto 3292
    A comprehensive health resort facility located on a rise facing the sea off Ibusuki. Facilities include a hot spring bathhouse, exercise equipment, and restaurant. The facility’s Tamatebako Onsen outdoor hot spring bath area boasts a spectacular view and has been ranked as one of the top day trip hot spring bathing destinations in the country. In addition to a Japanese style outdoor bath with a view of the open sea and Kaimondake Volcano, a Western style outdoor bath offers a panoramic view of striking rock formations and Takeyama. The great thing is that both views are spectacular. Designed to look as if the baths are connected to the ocean, bathers can enjoy an open, airy feeling.

    I really enjoyed with this place. It has daimonkan mountain viewed onsen and sand bath onsen. Both of them are good for health. Sand bath onsen is the must to do when visiting Ibusuki. Dont miss it.

  • Ibusuki Iwasaki Hotel
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    4.0
    290 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Junichou 3805-1
    A hotel located a five-minute drive from JR Ibusuki Station. This good, old fashioned style resort hotel has recently garnered attention in part due to the fact that all of its rooms have an ocean view. Facilities include a natural hot spring outdoor bath as well as Ibusuki’s hot spring heated sand baths which are rarely found in the world. The hotel is also replete with pools, tennis courts, and a variety of other amusement facilities, making it a fun destination for adults and children alike. The hotel’s sand baths are also open to non-guests. After a fun-filled day of indoor and outdoor activities, visitors can enjoy the tastes of Kagoshima in the hotel’s restaurants. You can take in a view of the moon reflecting off the waters of Kinko Bay along with a dinner of Japanese, Chinese, or Western dishes in the Main Dining Room restaurant. The hotel’s relaxing cafes are also recommended.

    Kagoshima was a pleasant surprise (we didn’t know much about it); it has a lovely sub-tropical climate. We didnt stay at the Ibusuki Iwasaki Hotel, but we went for the Black Sand Bath (Onsen...

  • Keihan Hisakura
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    4.0
    269 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Oshimaguntatsugouchou Yanyu 516
    A restaurant which serves Keihan, a local Amami dish, located a one-minute walk from the “Yanyu Hisakura-mae” bus stop. Keihan consists of chicken, omelet strips, shiitake mushrooms, papaya pickles, and tankan citrus fruit rind served over piping hot rice and covered with a chicken bone broth. This dish, “fit for a feudal lord,” was originally created to serve to government officials from Satsuma. The restaurant raises its own chickens on its own farm, as well as its own eggs, papaya, and other ingredients. Customers can enjoy the rich flavor of chicken and broth covered rice.

    A great place to eat local Keihan. 2 seating arrangements :Japanese low table or Western higher table. Friendly staff. Extra rice or soup is free. Highly recommend.

  • Ibusuki City Tosen Gorge Somen Nagashi
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    4.0
    195 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Kaimonjucchou 5967
    Tosen Gorge is the birthplace of the circular somen noodle flume and this city-run restaurant and attraction is visited by some 200 thousand people annually. Open year round, here diners can enjoy somen noodles whirling in spring water selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan in the modern era. In addition to somen, the restaurant’s sets comprised of such local dishes as trout broiled with salt, carp soup, and carp sashimi served over ice. Approximately 25 minutes by car from Ibusuki Station.

    I am a noodle lover and had a brilliant time at this somen nahashi restaurant. Picking up noodle was a fan challenge and the dipping sauce was so tasty! It takes time to get there with limited public...

  • Sengan-en
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    4.0
    89 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yoshinochou 9700-1
    "This residence and Sengan-en Garden of the Shimazu Clan was built in 1658, by Shimazu Mitsuhisa, the 19th head of the clan. It was well-loved by Shimazu Nariakira, the 28th head of the clan, and visitors to this beautiful garden where Atsu-hime and Saigo Takamori also visited can enjoy the same magnificent views of Kinko Bay and Mt. Sakurajima as they enjoyed. The garden is approximately five hectares in size, with different flowers blooming with the changing of the seasons and various festivities which take place conveying the traditions of the samurai to the present. There are also a wide range of restaurants and shops where visitors can enjoy Satsuma's local cuisine while sightseeing. The entire garden was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site and named a ""Site of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution"" in 2015 and was also a filming location of the 2018 drama series, Segodon."

    These are famous local delicacies - ricecakes soaked in either soya source or miso. You can have a try at a food stall inside Sangan-en.

  • Kirishima Kokusai Hotel
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    4.0
    259 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Makizonochoutakachiho 3930-12
    A hotel located in Makizono-cho, Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture. The hotel has a bathhouse with a large indoor bath, an outdoor bath surrounded by lush trees a natural hot spring steam bath, and a variety of other baths constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style from a simple sulfur spring. The hot spring mud packs are particularly popular with women. Conveniently accessible both within the city and from beyond the prefecture, the hotel offers non-guest day trip hot spring bathing plans which include a meal perfect for those looking to enjoy easily Japanese style hot spring bathing luxury. The hotel serves traditional kaiseki course cuisine made with an abundance of local ingredients like Kagoshima Berkshire pork and black beef. The hotel offers a variety of guest room types to suit all manner of needs, from premium rooms with their own outdoor bath to Western style rooms with beds and elegant Japanese style rooms.

    The hotel is situated in a beautiful place in a quiet village. It is large, with several large dining rooms and many private rooms. There are several outdoor and indoor baths, saunas, a mud bath room...

  • Kirishima Kanko Hotel
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    3.5
    260 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Makizonochoutakachiho 3885
    A resort hotel located in Makizono-cho, Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture. The hotel’s bathhouse has five elegantly designed baths, including an outdoor bath and large indoor bath with a view on the roof. The bathhouse is supplied by the Tonoyu Onsen, a simple hot spring with a 300-year long history. The bathhouse is also open to non-guests from 11:00 to 15:00. The hotel serves traditional kaiseki course cuisine made with fresh, nutritious ingredients based on the principle of local production for local consumption. The hotel also has a shochu cellar and sells Satsuma shochu liquors spanning 170 varieties from 104 distilleries in the prefecture that can be enjoyed as a shot on the spot. The hotel’s guest rooms span everything from Japanese style rooms to Western style rooms with beds and the facility can accommodate a wide range of travelers, from friends vacationing together to families with children.

    I spent my first night in Kagoshima at this hotel in early December and took the package with dinner and breakfast. One of the two blocks is under repair and upgrade against earthquake. The dinner...

  • Yakakutei
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    4.5
    217 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Hayatochoutougou 1-8
    A long-standing ryokan inn, one of the top in the Hinatayama Onsen hot spring district. In addition to the guest rooms in the main building, the inn has five detached tea ceremony arbor-style Japanese rooms which emphasize elegance and taste. These detached rooms are also equipped with their own outdoor bath. The hotel’s outdoor baths, indoor bathing area, and dedicated outdoor baths of the detached rooms are filled from the Hinatayama Onsen hot spring, whose waters are said to beautify the skin and were a favorite of samurai Saigo Takamori’s. The inn’s bathhouse offers a full array of amenities, as well, making it a perfect destination for non-guests in the area who suddenly feel the desire to enjoy a hot spring day trip. The inn serves authentic kaiseki course cuisine made with seasonal ingredients from Kagoshima; the Japanese garden visible from the dining area is attractive on clear days but gains a particular elegance during rainy weather. The inn’s name means the “Field Crane Arbor,” and like the tired crane resting its weary wings in a lush field, customers can come here to relax and ease away their cares.

    The Japanese-style room is very luxurious and comfortable, and you can enjoy a delicious dinner in the room. The hotel staff will introduce each dish very kindly while serving, which is a good...

  • Sakurajima Visitor Center
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    4.0
    219 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Kagoshima-shi Sakurajimayokoyamacho 1722-29
    This visitor center for Sakurajima is located in Kirishima Kinkowan National Park (Sakurajima). The center features informational exhibits about the history of the volcano's eruptions as well as the nature on the island. It is popular for allowing visitors to experience the living Sakurajima through its high-definition theater, dioramas, computers, and other media. Exhibits include volcanic projectiles of various sizes from actual eruptions, a cross-sectional model of the volcano's layers, live camera footage of its Showa crater, and real time seismograph data, and up-to-date numbers of past eruptions. There is also a museum shop where visitors can purchase souvenirs such as the island's special products as well as volcanic ash and rocks.

    We found the staff were very friendly and helpful. You can find signs posted in Japaneses as well as in English.. This was an informative interpretive stop; a small gift shop on site for your...

  • Kurokami Buried Torii
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    4.0
    206 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Kurokamichou
    The 1914 eruption of Sakurajima resulted in great amounts of volcanic ash and pumice being erupted over eight thousand meters into the air, burying the entire Kurokami area. This torii gate belonging to Haragosha-jinja Shrine is said to have originally stood three meters high; today, only the top one meter remains unburied. The residents considered exhuming the torii, but the village mayor decided to leave them as is as a reminder of the eruption for future generations. The gate was designated a prefectural Cultural Property in 1958.

    This shrine buried by volcanic ash was restored by junior high children. The displays are all in Japanese; so, I would not have known had my local hosts shared that info. Its just impressive that...

  • Kyukamura Ibusuki
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    4.0
    206 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Higashikata 10445
    A hot spring hotel situated on the edge of Kinko Bay near the “Kyukamura Ibusuki” bus stop. A free footbath constantly replenished from a source spring “kakenagashi” style and hammocks caressed by sea breezes can be found in the Sun Terrace area in front of the lobby. The woody fragrance of the lobby engenders a gentle atmosphere. The magnificent view of Kinko Bay from the hotel’s guest rooms further enhance the southerly, tropical resort mood. You can refresh body and mind in the main building’s Chirin no Yu bathhouse; Ibusuki’s famous sand baths; and a private reservable semi-outdoor private bath with a stunning view you’ll have all to yourself. Nothing beats a hot spring bath while listening to the sound of crashing waves. The hotel’s sand baths are said to promote recovery from fatigue and treat nerve pain and sensitivity to cold; they are also available to non-guests.

    the hotel facade facing the main road looks old and yucky but it is totally different once you enter the hotel, most of the rooms facing the sea are with balcony with a wonder sceneries. Dinner is...

  • Yamagawa Natural Sand Bath Sayuri
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    4.5
    173 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yamagawafukumoto 3339-3
    A sand bath facility located a 10-minute drive from JR Yamakawa Station. A natural sand bath site heated by the geothermal energy of the Fushime Onsen hot spring, the sand baths have been a favorite of locals since ancient times. Surrounded by abundant natural beauty and with Kaimondake Volcano towering in the distance, bathers enveloped in hot sand can relax to the sound of ocean waves. The sweat generated from the weight of the sand and hot spring heat rids the body of toxins. After a sand bath, a bath in the waters of Fushime Onsen feels spectacular. Money saving tickets which include access to the adjoining Tamatebako Onsen outdoor hot spring bath facility, known for its spectacular views, are also available.

    This is a more out of the way, quieter sand bathing onsen. A very well organised operation and the sand bath is a great experience. No English spoken but there are a few posters with some English...

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Over 100 active volcanoes across Kagoshima make it one of the Japan's most exciting prefectures. The prefectural capital, Kagoshima city, looks out to one of the prefecture's most spectacular volcanoes, Sakurajima, an island of its own that can be visited and seen close up or admired from afar, with the promise of breathtaking sunsets complete with frequent puffs of smoke and ash. Down the Satsuma Peninsula, the most southerly part of mainland Japan, waterfalls, sand onsen, and fascinating history await, while Kagoshima's abundance of satsuma imo (sweet potato) provide a wholesome snack as well as one of Japan's favourite drinks - shochu.

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