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  • Chiran Peace Museum
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    4.5
    611 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.

    We caught the Chiran local bus from Kagoshima Chuo bus station from bus stop 16 . Cost 940 Y. Take a ticket as you board and you pay when you leave. You get change from a 1000y note. Bus winds up...

  • Io World Kagoshima City Aquarium
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    3.0
    3 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.

    目の前をフェリーが往き来するので見ていて楽しいです。 子供が喜びそうなメニューがあります。 料理は全然美味しくないので注意してください。 もし観光で訪れたのなら他の飲食店に行くことをオススメします。

  • Hirakawa Zoological Park
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    4.0
    115 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Hirakawachou 5669-1
    A municipal zoo located in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture which cares for some 1,000 animals of around 140 species, including the park’s popular koalas. The facility is distinguished by its use of Kagoshima’s natural beauty and hot springs, and visitors can enjoy a relaxing hot spring foot bath while watching animals and the African Savanna where giraffes and other African animals stroll about backed by such sights as Sakurajima and Kinko Bay. Many of the park’s exhibits are fenceless and complete recreate the animal’s natural environment, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the animals’ natural ecologies while having fun. There is also a petting zoo and amusement park, making Hirakawa Zoological Park a popular destination for families with small children.

    I have to say this zoo is the best zoo I have ever visited. The animals look so happy, lively and comfortable in the zoo and visitors can look animals in the very close distance, particularly...

  • Museum Shoko Shuseikan
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    4.0
    132 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.

    Established by Lord Shimazu in 1852 to produce armaments, glass, ceramics and farm tools, this was Japan's first Western-style factory. It's now a museum detailing the 700 year Shimazu family...

  • Kagoshima City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    58 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 I'd not seen before. 2nd room more Japanese artists. Not huge but ok for entrance fee of ¥300 for permanent collection...

  • Yakusugi Museum
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kumagegunyakushimachou Ambou 2739-343
    This museum located on the east side of Yakushima Island provides information on Yakushima cedars and the ecology of Yakushima. The museum contains numerous hands on exhibits such as the Inochi Branch, a tree branch which broke off of the Jomon Sugi due to the weight of a heavy snow, and a cross section from a 1,660 year old Yakushima cedar tree. The exhibit which lets visitors shave off Yakushima wood to smell the distinctive perfume and a cedar wood grain puzzle are particularly popular with children. Normally requires around 45 minutes to see the whole museum.

    A lovely spot (the floor alone is worth a visit to study) for an introduction to the history of the cedars, the logging industry, the local people, the island and its forests. Great hands on...

  • Yakushima Umigame-Kan
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kumagegunyakushimachou Nagata 489-8
    This museum is dedicated to investigating the ecology of the sea turtles that lay their eggs on Yakushima Island’s Inakahama Beach, one of Japan’s most important sea turtle egg beaches, as well as to protecting the surrounding area. The museum presents information gathered on the turtles so far as well as specimens. From summer to autumn, the museum conducts a short term program to raise freshly hatched sea turtles with the goal of protecting the species and their ecology. As the museum is frequently closed in winter, it is recommended that you check in advance before visiting. A three-minute walk from the Nakanobashi stop on the bus bound for Nagata.
  • Tanegashima Development Center Firearm Museum
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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.
  • Ohama Seaside Park
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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.
  • Okidomari Kaihin Park
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    Kagoshima Pref. Oshimagunchinachou Shimojiro
    The white sands of the park’s 400 meter long beach and the emerald waters of the sea contrast beautifully. Popular for swimming and camping, the park is outfitted with a variety of facilities, including toilets, showers, and a cookhouse. The park is also designated a Amami Gunto Quasi-National Park Type One Special Region and as a natural habitat for the tropical textile screw pine is a designated Cultural Property. The area was filmed in the movie Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla as the location where Godzilla makes landfall. Approximately 45 minutes by car from Okinoerabu Airport.
  • Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park
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    Miyazaki prefecture, Kagoshima prefecture
    This is one of Japan’s early national parks straddling two prefectures of Kagoshima and Miyazaki. It is divided into two regions: the Kirishima area of Kirishima volcanic mountain range and the Kinkowan Bay area of Sakurajima Island, Ibusuki, and Cape Sata. It is a rare region of diverse ecosystems due to the effects of past repetitive changes in the climate, volcanic activity and high altitude. In addition to being able to see topography specific to a volcanic zone and fumarolic phenomena such as the caldera, crater lake, and Shirasu-daichi Plateau, hot springs dot the area, and many visitors come to the healing hot springs throughout the year. In the Ebino Eco-Museum Center in the Kirishima area, multilingual brochures are provided.
  • Yakushima (Island) National Park
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    Kagoshima prefecture Kumage gun Yakushima cho
    This is the 30th national park in Japan, consisting of Yakushima Island with the highest mountain peaks in Kyushu and the largest volcanic island of Kuchinoerabu Island in the Satsunan Islands. On Yakushima, where about 40 or more mountains exceed 1,000 meters above sea level, including Mt. Miyanoura-dake, there is the natural forest of large trees and is home of the “Jomon cedar” which is a famous Japanese cedar of over 1,000 years old. There are also rare alpine plants such as the Yakushima rhododendron and Gentiana yakushimensis. The attractions of the volcanic island of Kuchinoerabu Island include unique volcanic landscapes, subtropical fish and coral living in the beautiful ocean. There are also four hot springs including Yumugi Onsen which visitors can enjoy.
  • Amami Gunto National Park
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    Kagoshima prefecture
    This is the 34th national park located in the southern region of Kagoshima Prefecture with a theme of “the sub-tropical island full of life.” The largest national sub-tropical evergreen forest is situated in the Amami Gunto (Amami Islands) with high temperatures and humidity and is home to a variety of wildlife such as the Amami rabbit (Pentalagus furnessi). Some of the wonderful activities include exploring the picturesque seaside scenery, canoe experiences in the mangroves, diving, as well as looking at the sea from glass-bottom boats.
  • Ishibashi Memorial Park
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Hamamachi 1-3
    Approximately a 15-minute walk from Kagoshima Station, this memorial park is located to the south of the Tofukuji Castle ruins. Five arched stone bridges related to the famous late Edo period (1603-1868) stonemason Iwanaga Sangoro once spanned the Kotsuki River that flows through the center of Kagoshima City. However, two bridges were lost due to damage that occurred from torrential rains in 1993. The remaining three bridges were relocated and restored with renovation of the river, and the area was turned into a park. In addition, the Ishibashi Memorial Hall was also established, and introduces the history of the five bridges including what was lost, and the technology used during bridge construction. Various events are held in the park every month.
  • Kirishima Open-Air Museum
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    4.5
    68 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Airagunyusuichou Koba 6340-220
    An expansive outdoor art museum located on a plateau 700 meters above sea level on Mt. Kurinodake (1,094 meters) in Yusuicho, Airagun, Kagoshima Prefecture. The extensive grounds are dotted with 23 works of art by Japanese and international artists which make use of the local terrain and natural beauty. One of the distinguishing features of the museum’s pieces is that in addition to be able to be enjoyed visually, visitors are free to touch and even lean on them. Most museum goers enjoy taking photos together with the unique exhibits. The distinctive rectangular art hall contains the museum’s indoor exhibits and special exhibitions as well as a cafeteria where visitors can take a break.

    Love this open air museum! Good for a family trip or a trip with friends. A nice place to relax and take heaps of pics with the sculptures. The drawback would be the difficult access. You can only...

  • Museum of the Meiji Restoration
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    4.0
    379 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.

    If you are interested in the history of Japan and the Meiji restoration/period especially than this museum is an absolute must. Nicely located on the river within walking distance of the Kagoshima JR...

  • Flower Park Kagoshima
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    4.5
    92 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.

    It took 1 hour by train from Kagoshima, than a half hour bus ride to get there. The park is moderately priced and well maintained. The flowers are colorful and fragrant.

  • Kirishima Shinwa no Sato Park
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    4.0
    65 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.

    View on top is amazing. Luge and small train are something always attracting young kids. Spend half a day here will be worthy of your time, especially those with small kids.

  • Tanegashima Space Center Space Science and Technology Museum
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    4.5
    50 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 it's 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...

  • Satsuma Denshokan
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    4.5
    51 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.

    Wasn't 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...

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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ーshochu.

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