Spots in Kagoshima Area

  • Sengan-en
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    4.5
    1283 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."

    We’ve seen many homes and gardens in Japan and Senganen was one of the most impressive. The house is not just historic it is gorgeous. The staff are helpful (some English spoken) and clearly proud to...

  • Kirishima Shrine
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    4.0
    963 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Kirishimataguchi 2608-5
    A Shinto shrine dedicated to Ninigi, a god who is part of the myth of the founding of Japan. The current main shrine building was erected in 1715, although the shrine is believed to have been founded around the sixth century on Setoo Hill between Mt. Takachihonomine and Mt. Hinotokomine. Buildings such as the main shrine and worship hall are designated Important Cultural Properties. The shrine is also famous for having been visited by Sakamoto Ryoma on his honeymoon. The grounds are renowned spot for viewing the cherry blossoms and autumn foliage. A 10-minute bus ride from Kirishima-Jingu Station on the JR Nippo Main Line.

    The first historical reference to Kirishima shrine is in the year 540. It had a solemn and mysterious atmosphere.xa0There are many nice hot spring inns nearby, and it is a recommended sightseeing...

  • Sand Bath Hall Saraku
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    4.5
    474 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...

  • Museum of the Meiji Restoration
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    4.0
    434 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.

    Fantastic museum next to the river You can use headphones to help understand and follow the different displays as most are in Japanese. Do the historic walk next to the river as it is beautifully set...

  • Yunohira Observation Point
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    4.0
    296 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.

  • Ibusuki Iwasaki Hotel
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    4.0
    292 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.

    I write this in the midst of the great pandemic of 2019-2022 ? I was fortunate enough to squeeze through the stringent Covid protocols to enter Japan for a brief period of time during December of...

  • Kirishima Kanko Hotel
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    3.5
    265 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...

  • Sakurajima Visitor Center
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    4.0
    227 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.

    I arrived at the visitor centre before 9am but it wasn’t open yet, so I went for a dip in the free foot onsen nearby before coming back here again. Was pleasantly surprised by the small museum in the...

  • Kurokami Buried Torii
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    4.0
    212 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.

    I found this site fascinating. I rode my bike around Sakurajima and the buried gate was the first place I stopped at. There is a parking area with restrooms across from the shrine. The shrine is...

  • Yamagawa Natural Sand Bath Sayuri
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    4.5
    175 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...

  • Amami Park
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    4.0
    185 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Amamishi Kasarichousetta 1834
    The Amami Park is just a five-minute bus ride from the Amami Airport. This Amami Islands park is centered around the Tanaka Isson Museum, a Japanese artist, and introduces his works depicting the natural beauty and life of Amami. The park is also the home of the Amami no Sato exhibition center which displays the nature and village life of Amami Islands through scale model exhibits and videos. In the Nature and Culture Center, the Amami no Sato, one can enjoy the Ocean Path, the Island Path and the Forest Path exhibits, and the Amami Theater with high definition videos with surround sound acoustics. The Amami corner is set up as an introduction to the many islands while multiple events are held in the indoor event hall hosts multiple events and amphitheater hosts outdoor events.

    Tanaka Isson, my favorite artist is probably Paul Gauguin of Japan. Art gallery in the park is the largest collection on Earth. Rare arts from the age of 8 as well as iconic fish & lobsters. Also...

  • Sakurajima Roadside Station
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    4.0
    141 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Sakurajimayokoyamachou 1722-48
    A roadside station located at the entrance to Sakurajima floating in Kagoshima Bay. At the adjoining Hinoshima Megumi-kan building, visitors can enjoy unique Sakurajima home cooking and purchase local specialty products. Of particular note is the Sakurajima komikan orange, said to have been brought to Sakurajima 400 years ago by Shimazu Yoshihiro, lord of Satsuma Domain. The smallest mikan (mandarin) orange in the world, its simple flavor is very close to that of the uncultivated ancestor to modern mikan oranges. Located along National Route 224.

    Upon my friend and myselfs travel back to the ferry, we came across this pit stop area. So we stopped by to check it out. And Im so glad we did. When you enter this place, to the left is sort of...

  • Ohama Seaside Park
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    4.0
    172 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Kimotsukigunminamiosumichou Nejimeyamamoto 6868
    This is a very popular leisure spot full of abundant natural scenery even among Amami Oshima Island. The park includes the Amami Kaiyo Museum (Maritime Museum), which introduces the types of animals inhabiting the waters adjacent to Amami Oshima Island, and Ohama Beach, which allows visitors to enjoy the cobalt blue ocean, white sandy beach, and coral reefs. In the center of the park is Kaigara Stage Hiroba, an amphitheater with a large seashell shape that serves as a venue for outdoor events, and in the bathhouse there are showers, toilets and coin lockers available. It’s also worth seeing the sun set as it sinks down in the East China Sea.

    White sandy beach 1.5 hours drive from the airport. We loved the sunset . It was very quiet and peaceful. Would love to visit in May or June, when we could swim and snorkel.

  • Arimura Lava Observatory
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    4.0
    162 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Arimurachou 952
    An observatory located right next to the “Yogan Tenbojo” bus stop built on the Taisho Lava Field in the Arimura area. Situated on top of lava rock which flowed during the 1914 Taisho Eruption, a one-kilometer long walking path makes it possible for visitors to view smoke emerging from the crater up close. The restaurant adjoining the observatory was remodeled in 2016 and now has multipurpose toilets and a nursing room. The shop near the parking area sells gifts and souvenirs from Sakurajima.

    Clean and perfectly organized as in Japan, worth a visit. Best way is to rent a car, the transfer by ferry is convenient and the ride is scenic

  • Kanoya Air Base Museum (Kanoya Sky Museum)
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    4.5
    126 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kanoyashi Nishihara 3-chome 11-2
    A museum located on the grounds of Maritime Self Defense Forces Kanoya Air Base. The museum presents information and rare items spanning the time period from when the naval Kanoya flying corps was created in 1936 up to and including the history of the current Maritime Self Defense Forces Kanoya Air Base. The second floor of the museum provides information on topics such as the rapid developments which occurred in aviation technology in the 30-year frame from when naval aviation began; and a full portrait of the kamikaze fighters which emerged as part of Japan’s strategies during the Pacific War. The first floor of the museum presents history from the launching of the Coastal Safety Force in 1952 up to its reformation as the Maritime Self Dense Forces and on to the present day.

    You can see only one existing Kawanishi H8K a.k.a. Emily which was displayed in the U.S.A. after the 2nd world war and then brought to Tokyo and finaly here. This admission free Naval airforce museum...

  • Roadside Station Tarumizu Yuttarikan
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    4.0
    144 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kagoshima Pref. Tarumizushi Ushinefumoto 1038-1
    A roadside station located 30-minute drive from the Kokubu interchange on the Kyushu Expressway traveling along National Route 220 towards Tarumizu. Here visitors can enjoy spectacular scenery and hot spring bathing. Visitors can soak weary feet in the station’s footbath while taking in a view of Sakurajima floating in Kinko Bay and the distant Kirishima Mountains. In addition to a shop carrying a wide selection of local specialty products, the station’s hot spring bathhouse is constantly supplied “kakenagashi” style from a rare natural radon hot spring. With a little luck, you just might see dolphin swimming by from the station’s ocean view restaurant. Particularly recommended restaurant choices include the seafood rice bowl topped with local specialties yellowtail and amberjack. The hearty, flavorful sashimi covering the rice is sure to satisfy.

    無料の足湯があり 入浴しながら桜島が見れるからと思い行きましたが 浴槽は枯れ葉が紛れ混んでて自然感があったかな レストランは、メニューが少なくて 大半が、ブリ関連のメニューでした 苦手なのでうどんをオーダーしましたが 出汁は、見てないから確信できませんが ヒガシマルうどんスープかな(笑) お土産屋コーナーは、スーパーみたいな感じでした みかんと、ツマミを買いました。

  • Flower Park Kagoshima
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yamagawaokachogamizu 1611
    A botanical park opened in 1996 which makes use of the local warm weather to good effect. Visitors can enjoy flowers from around the world in a garden setting which harnesses the natural geography and surrounding pine forest. An abundance of events and classes are held at the park year round; the Flower Park Illumination, during which the park grounds are lit up at night from early December to early January, is particularly famous. A bus circles the park grounds and baby strollers and wheel chairs are also available to lend, making the park a facility which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. A 90-minute drive by car from within Kagoshima City or 20 minutes by bus from JR Yamakawa Station.

    The park was very neat but lack intensity of floral display. The buggy offered for seniors were few in numbers. I saw only one which was insufficient. The labelling of plants and tress were all in...

  • Museum Shoko Shuseikan
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    4.0
    170 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yoshinochou 9698-1
    This is a museum adjacent to Sengan-en. The collection hall is a group of factories that the Satsuma lord Shimazu Nariakira built for industrial development at the end of the Tokugawa period. The museum building was originally completed in 1865 as a machine factory. Currently it is utilized as a place to communicate the history of industrialization of the Shimazu family and Satsuma clan. In addition to the buildings, some of the exhibits are nationally designated Important Cultural Properties.

    This museum had some interesting exhibits about industrialisation but they were not displayed or labelled as well as they could have been. On the plus side however the gardens next to the museum were...

  • Amami Resort Bashayama mura
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    4.0
    159 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Amamishi Kasarichouyouan 1246-1
    A resort hotel located near Amami’s best beach a 10-minute drive from Amami Airport. The hotel also has a restaurant where visitors can enjoy a meal with an ocean view, and a gift and souvenir shop with an abundant selection, ensuring visitors can fully enjoy a relaxing, south Japan resort experience. The hotel’s lodging facilities consist of a main building, east building, and cottages, each with a different atmosphere to delight guests. The hotel has Western as well as spacious Japanese style rooms and is a great destination for families with small children as well. The hotel’s shop sells a wide variety of Amami specialty products and crafts.

    I opted for an ocean view, and there was a great view with a small balcony and two comfortable beds. It was spacious and looked like it had recently been completely renovated. It did have an odor...

  • Active Resorts Kirishima
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    3.5
    156 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Kirishimataguchi 2703-5
    A highland resort hotel 500 meters above sea level. The hotel recently changed its name to Active Resorts Kirishima. Visitors can relax in the hotel’s outdoor bath, which is surrounded by rock and is filled with the mild waters of the Kirishima Jingu Onsen. The large indoor bath in the women’s area in the hotel’s bathhouse has a shampoo bar, and women bathers can use the shampoo of their choice. The hotel’s large indoor baths and outdoor bath are open to non-guests as well, making the hotel a great destination for travelers in the area looking for a place to take a rest or who would like to enjoy a taste of the resort life. Visitors can also enjoy Kirishima style cuisine to their heart’s content in the hotel buffet.

    A nice resort hotel, plenty of free parking spaces, sizable lobby, the outdoor hot spring surrounded by trees, creates an intoxicating atmosphere. Room is clean and spacious, bath room is made of...

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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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