Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Kagoshima Area

  • Io World Kagoshima City Aquarium
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    4.0
    389 Reviews
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    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.

    Japan has nice aquariums and I found the Kagoshima aquarium to be very nice. The entrance fee was reasonable and as an English speaker it was easy to get around. Some signs had English names while...

  • Museum of the Meiji Restoration
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    4.0
    430 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kyukamura Ibusuki
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    4.0
    209 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...

  • Ohama Seaside Park
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    4.0
    171 Reviews
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    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.

  • Amami Park
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    183 Reviews
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    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...

  • Museum Shoko Shuseikan
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    167 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kirishima Shinwa no Sato Park
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    4.0
    86 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Kirishimataguchi 2583-22
    This park is 670 meters above sea level, making for a scenic spot where one can see Kinko Bay and Sakurajima from the observation deck. The 390-meter-high super slider certainly packs a punch, and it is replete with other attractions including putter golf, sightseeing lifts, and a road train. At the spacious restaurant one can try Berkshire pork cuisine, and the Yokamon Market offers a range of special goods from Kirishima.

    This is a place that allows you to have fun and a time to relax. The view is incredible. I went there at around 11:30am on a weekday. Very few visitors. Just like what others recommended. Take...

  • Flower Park Kagoshima
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kuroshio no Mori Mangrove Park
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Amamishi Sumiyouchouishihara 478
    A vast, primeval mangrove located a 70-minute drive from Amami Airport where visitors can come in contact with nature and enjoy outdoor activities year-round. In 2001, the mangrove was registered as part of the Roadside Station Amami Oshima Sumiyo facility. The second largest mangrove in Japan, the area is a habitat for rare plants and animals, including the Ryukyu ayu, a fish which has followed a unique evolutionary path. Canoeing through the thick mangrove is a particularly popular activity here. There’s also an outdoor recreation and relaxation space and an observatory offering a sweeping view of the primeval mangrove.

    We’ve got a guide who speaks excellent English! It was fun and interesting. Observatory is worth to walk up. We went there in winter but long sleeve t-shirts was enough. There are about 15 people in...

  • Hotel Big Marine Amami
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    3.5
    96 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Amami-shi Naze Nagahamacho 27-1

    お風呂の中に遠慮なく湯を足して下さいとか水風呂用の氷があったりと、利用者が好む温度に調整できる心遣いに感激。食事も対応も丁寧。 コストの面からも満点を出したい所、女性風呂は反して風呂のみ。 やむなくも4点にしないと女性に気が引けます。残念。

  • Tanegashima Space Center Space Science and Technology Museum
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    4.5
    57 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kumagegunminamitanechou Kukinaga Mazu
    A museum adjoining Japan’s largest rocket launch site. The museum presents exhibits on the construction of satellites and the design of JAXA rockets. With an advance reservation, visitors can enjoy an expert guided tour of not just the museum but the entire Tanegashima Space Center. The tour is free and held three times a day (excluding Mondays and the New Year’s holidays). Reservations are accepted by phone on a first come, first serve basis. Approximately 50 minutes by car from Tanegashima Airport.

    This is a nice museum - particularly so as its free - that offers an intricate view of rocket history and technology in the area. Though most of the displays are in Japanese, there are English tour...

  • Chiran Peace Museum
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    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.

    知覧平和公園内、知覧町護国神社の隣にあり、参道には多くの石灯籠が立ち並んでいる。観音堂は1955年の建立で「知覧特攻平和観音像」が安置されている。この観音像の体内には特攻隊員の芳名を記した巻物が納められているとのこと。

  • Kagoshima City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Shiroyamachou 4-36
    This is a private art museum which is built on the ruins of Tsurumaru Castle Ninomaru which was once the castle of the Satsuma Lord Shimazu. The collection focuses on works by local writers and Western art since the 19th century. It also has oil paintings by Cezanne and a “Water Lily” painting by Monet. The collection of paintings depicting Sakurajima, the symbol of Kagoshima, is also spectacular. It is a 16-minute walk from Kagoshima Station.

    First room is mostly European artists, some very famous. There were some works Id not seen before. 2nd room more Japanese artists. Not huge but ok for entrance fee of ¥300 for permanent collection...

  • Tanegashima Development Center Firearm Museum
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Nishinomoteshi Nishinomote 7585
    The distinctive exterior of this museum is modeled after a “nanbansen” one of the foreign European ships that first visited Japan. The museum displays a variety of ancient firearms, such as a Portuguese gun which made its way to Tanegashima in 1543 and examples of the first guns ever made in the country. The museum also has dioramas and videos presenting the history and culture of Tanegashima; stopping by the museum first before exploring the rest of the island will make your visit that much more interesting. A 10-minute walk from Nishinoomote Port.

    While there is a lot of history about Tanegashima and the introduction of firearms to Japan, most information was in Japanese. They did have a small English brochure. The bulk of the exhibit...

  • Shiobitashi Onsen Ryoma Park
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    4.0
    68 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Makizonochoushukukubota 3606
    A park built in an area where famous historical figure Sakamoto Ryoma stayed during his honeymoon. There’s a free footbath in the park as well as a museum (entry fee required) which presents the connection between Kirishima, Sakamoto Ryoma, and his wife Narasaki Ryo. A day trip hot spring bathhouse on the grounds draws its waters from a source spring Ryoma and his wife bathed in. The bathhouse is open from 9:00 to 18:00 and is closed on Mondays. The spring is a hydrogen carbonate spring. The facility sells towels, soap, and shampoo. Visitors can also view a bathtub said to have been used by Ryoma and Ryo.

    This is the part of Sakamoto Ryomas Honeymoon Course. Not a big park. But, tour buses come and leave often. - duck feeds are purchasible. Ducks sense feeds. But, they dont come close. - The park...

  • Satsuma Denshokan
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    4.5
    57 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Higashikata 12131-4
    A history museum which presents the culture of the Satsuma (Kagoshima) region. The museum building was modeled after the Byodoin’s Phoenix Hall. The museum’s exhibits and exhibitions are designed around the concept of experiencing the history and culture of Satsuma with all five senses. Much of the museum’s collection consists of works of art from China and Satsuma handed down through the ages since ancient times in the region, including gorgeous ceramics decorated with gold. The museum also displays historic texts, medals, and calligraphic works dating to the late Edo period. Visitors can enjoy the tastes of Satsuma in the museum restaurant.

    Wasnt sure what to expect and the tickets were a bit dear (1500 yen per person), but I have no regret entering this outstanding museum. The building is neat, very attractive from within as it is...

  • Kanoya Rose Garden
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kanoyashi Hamadachou 1250
    This rose garden, the largest in Japan, is located in a hilly area on the east side of Kirishimagaoka Park. Some 35 thousand wild roses, English roses, and other rose varieties are grown on the garden’s vast grounds. Roses named after royalty and nobles, Kanoya’s own original Princess Kanoya, and other roses bloom in vivid color; the best time to visit the garden is during the festivals held during the peak blooming periods in spring and autumn. Visitors can try flower cutting in a green house and appreciate roses from around the world in facilities like a rose chapel and garden stage. The garden’s restaurant, which serves a wide variety of dishes made with roses, is also popular.

    Lived in Kanoya for 1 year and had a Rose Garden park pass 50,000 of roses in 8 hectare so visited often. You can take the local bus from downtown Kanoya if you do not have a car. Cost about 620Y...

  • Hotarukan Tomiya Shokudo
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    59 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Chiranchoukori 103-1
    This army dining hall was run by Tome Torihama, who was praised as the mother of the Special Attack Units during World War II. The dining hall has been restored, and is now a museum. On the first floor of the dining hall, there are valuable exhibits such as photographs and memorabilia of members of the Special Attack Units, and on the second floor, there are exhibits detailing the life of Tome Torihama.

    We were looking forward to visiting this museum, as we had seen a few statues of Tome Tonihama around Chiran, and were familiar with her story prior to visiting. Tome owned a restaurant in Chiran...

  • Nagasakibana Parking Garden
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yamagawaokachogamizu 1571-1
    A sightseeing destination established 50 years ago on Cape Nagasakibana, an area tied to a legend concerning the Palace of the Dragon King. Boasting a sweeping view of Kaimondake Volcano and the East China Sea, this garden, which recreates a tropical jungle, is planted with some 1,000 varieties of tropical plants. Parrot and rat shows are held on the garden’s spacious grounds, but be sure not to miss the flamingo shows resembling something out of a south seas resort. The garden also holds a variety of special events during Golden Week and other long holidays. People of all ages are sure to enjoy meeting the animals which are allowed to roam grounds closely resembling their natural habitat.

    If you want to see Nagasakibana, here is a good place. Also, this graden can give you chance to get touch with animals, for example, parrots. You can buy food for animals with cheap price

  • Nagashima Art Museum
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    4.5
    51 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Take 3-42-18
    An art museum opened as part of Kagoshima City 100th anniversary celebrations in 1989. Visitors are greeted by Rodin’s “The Thinker” at the main entrance. The museum displays some 1,000 pieces, including paintings and sculptures, by international artists like Rodin and Chagall, as well as Satsuma ware. The museum also holds special exhibitions in a dedicated space one to two times a year. After checking out the museum, visitors can enjoy a casual light meal or cup of tea in the museum’s café, which boasts a sweeping view of Sakurajima and Kagoshima City.

    We visited this museum on our last day in Kagoshima. The most memorable museum was the Chiran Peace museum but this came a close second for different reasons. The museum was established 20 years ago...

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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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