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Park / Green Space Spots in Kagoshima Area

  • Ohama Seaside Park
    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.
  • Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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 Shinwa no Sato Park
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

  • Bandokorobana Nature Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamikyushushi Eichoubeppu 5202
    A nature park built along the coast in Minamikyushu City. “Bansho” means “guardhouse” in Japanese, a reference to a guardhouse which once stood in the area. The circular inlet was formed naturally through the erosion of volcanic rock by ocean waves. The park is famous for its picturesque scenery and view of beautiful Kaimondake Volcano just across the sea. The Japanese cartographer Ino Tadataka, who traveled the country making maps, praised the scenery here as the most spectacular in Japan. Seahorses live in abundance here, and the nearby Seahorse House aquarium breeds seahorses.
  • Sogi-no-Taki Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Isashi Okuchimiyahito 628-41
    A park which encompasses the area around Sogi Falls, a magnificent waterfall known as the “Niagara of the East,” located in Okuchimiyahito, Isa City. 210 meters wide and 12 meters tall, the falls’ rock-shearing waters generate an astounding roar. The surrounding area is also adorned with seasonal, natural beauty, and the park holds seasonal events at appropriate times such as in the fall and during cherry blossom season. Restaurants and souvenir and gift shops stand side by side in the park as well; the crucian carp and Berkshire pork dishes are exquisite. Shimizu Shrine, a Shinto shrine dedicated to a god of finding luck in marriage and safe childbirth, is also located on the grounds, and here visitors can learn about the history of this waterway dating back to the Edo period.
  • Kamikawa Otaki Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Kimotsukigunkinkouchou Kamikawa 2382
    A nature park located in Kinko Town a 45-minute drive from Nejime Port. The park’s grounds encompass majestic Kamikawaotaki Falls and Kodaki Waterfall, plus a scenic suspension bridge, and visitors can enjoy the changing beauty of the seasons. Stately Kamikawaotaki Falls is 25 meters tall and 30 meters wide. The park’s 68-meter-high, 130-meter-long suspension bridge offers a superb view of the falls directly below. The park also has a forested square and water plaza for small children. The park is the perfect place to enjoy woodland beauty and get in touch with the great outdoors while taking in views of vast, seasonally changing mountains. A restaurant in the park has a somen noodle slide, and a tea house is also located near Kamikawaotaki Falls.
  • Kaimon Sanroku Fureai Park
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Kaimonjucchou 2626
    "This natural park is located at the foot of ""Mt. Kaimondake,"" a volcano at an elevation of 924 meters. It is fully equipped with log houses, camp sites, free sites, and other lodging facilities. There is a mountain climbing path for Mt. Kaimondake, so many visitors are there to climb the mountain. You can enjoy other activities, such as making soba at ""Kairakurai,"" go-karts, and miniature golf. In the vicinity, there is a day-trip hot spring, ""Leisure Center Kaimon,"" which many visit."

    開聞岳の登山口にあり、キャンプ場やグランドゴルフのような遊ぶ場所もある比較的敷地の広い公園です。トイレなどの施設も整っており開聞岳をまじかに感じることのできるいい施設でした。家族連れにいいでしょう。

  • Yoshino Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yoshinochou 7955
    A nature park located in the northeast of Kagoshima City. 12 varieties of cherry trees alone grow on the grounds, and in spring, first Yoshino cherries come into bloom followed by more rare varieties like Kawazu-zakura cherry trees and Izu no Odoriko cherry trees. Also a renowned destination for plum and azalea blossoms, more than 70 thousand plants spanning some 140 varieties grow on the grounds, including Japanese iris, hydrangea, and sunflowers. The park has been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan’s 100 best city parks, the park’s observatory situated on a 234-meter-high rise gives a sweeping view of the surrounding area. Magnificent, beautiful Sakurajima stands just across Kinko Bay.
  • Shiroyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Shiroyamachou
    A park built on a 107-meter-high hill in the heart of the city. The park is dotted with historic sites connected to the Satsuma Rebellion, including the location of the rebellion’s last bloody battle, Saigo Takamori’s Hideout, and the Place of Saigo Takamori’s Death. The land was designated a National Historic Site and Natural Monument in 1931 and opened as a scenic park in 1964. The park grounds are a natural treasure trove, and over 600 varieties of temperate and subtropical trees and plants grow thickly within its borders, including giant camphor, ferns, and sweet viburnum. Visitors can also enjoy the park’s walking paths and come in contact with natural beauty.
  • Tagayama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Shimizuchou 39
    A spacious park located a 35-minute ride from JR Kagoshima-Chuo Station on the City View bus Waterfront Course and a three-minute walk from the “Gionnosu Koen-mae” stop. A renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing, in spring the sight of the trees in full bloom with Sakurajima floating in Kinko Bay in the background attracts many people. The lush grounds encompass a bronze statue of Marshal Togo Heihachiro, who was born in the bygone Satsuma Domain and served in the navy from the end of the Edo period to the early Meiji period. A grave holding a lock of Togo’s hair can also be found in the park. Visitors can also view the site of Tofukuji Castle, which was built by Haseba Nagazumi.
  • Wakasa Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Nishinomoteshi Kamomechou
    A park named after the heroin of a tragic story from the history of the transmission of matchlock guns to Japan. The park is located a 10-minute walk from the “Tenjinbashi” bus stop. Wakasa, the women whom the park is named after, married a Portuguese man in order to learn how matchlock guns were made, playing a little-known role in the domestic production of these weapons in Japan. Facilities include a monument to the friendship between Japan and Portugal, a memorial to those who have died in war, a sumo ring, and tennis courts. The park serves as a space for rest and relaxation for local residents.
  • Fukiage-hama Kaihin Koen (Seaside Beach Park)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Minamisatsumashi Kasedatakahashi 1936-2
    A seaside park located a 40-minute drive from the Taniyama interchange on the Ibusuki Skyline. Designed based on the theme of a place which coexisted with nature where people could regain their humanity, the park’s vast, 110 hectare grounds encompass paid facilities such as a swimming pool and campground as well as a sports ground, wild bird watching facility, and outdoor obstacle course, making it a popular destination for families with children. The park is also replete with physically challenged accessible parking and toilets. Further, the park’s store, learning garden, and soccer dome toilets have diaper changing stations, making it easy for those with babies to enjoy the park as well.
  • Fukiage-hama Kaihin Koen (Seaside Beach Park)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Hiokishi Fukiagechounakahara 1353-5
    A large park surrounded by pine forest located in Fukiagehama beach. The park boasts an array of sports facilities, including a gymnasium, ground golf course, track and field ground, baseball ground, tennis courts, Japanese archery ground, sumo ring, and gateball ground. There’s also the all-weather Kame Dome sports hall. In addition, the children’s park area has a variety of large and colorful playground equipment like a rope ladder, play equipment built in the image of large ship, and long slide.
  • Shiobitashi Onsen Ryoma Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Maruoka Park
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Yokogawachoukamino 3201
    A large park built as part of celebrations commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the Meiji period (1868-1912). One of the largest parks in the prefecture, the park’s exercise and activity facilities include a 1,000-meter-long go-cart course, multipurpose ground, and roller-skating rink. The Maruoka Sakuraen restaurant, located on the grounds, serves set meals and soba noodles made by hand using Maruoka buckwheat flour. Visitors can stay overnight in the Komorebi no Sato bungalows and enjoy barbecuing. Also considered one of the top destinations for cherry blossom viewing in the prefecture, each year in spring when the trees are in bloom the park bustles with visitors.

    新緑の葉を付けた桜の木々が植わっていた丸岡公園。桜の木々の下を通るコースがあるゴーカートがあり、家族連れが愉しげに遊んでいた

  • Uwatoko Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Mizobechoufumoto 3391
    An exercise park located on top of Mt. Uwatokoyama. Due to its high location, the park offers a sweeping, picturesque view of the sacred mountain of Kirishima, Kagoshima Airport, Kinko Bay, and Sakurajima. Sports facilities include a ground golf course and sand-filled artificial turf tennis courts. The children’s park area has a water playground popular in summer. The sports park area is replete with facilities adults and children alike can enjoy, such as a roller slide, grass ski slope, roller skating ground, and playground. Also a well-known destination for enjoying cherry blossoms, in spring when the trees are in bloom visitors can also see unusual green cherry blossoms.
  • Saigo Park
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    3.5
    62 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Mizobechoufumoto 856-1
    A park located a three-minute walk from Kagoshima Airport. The park’s statue of the samurai Saigo Takamori is the largest statue of a person in Japan. The park has a museum which displays 53 color prints depicting the Satsuma Rebellion and which contains exhibits on Saigo Takamori and the Meiji Restoration, including military uniforms and historic episodes. The museum also has a shop which sells Kagoshima and local Kirishima souvenirs and gifts like Kagoshima’s famous satsuma-age deep fried fish paste and Kirishima tea. Visitors can also purchase Mini 4WD miniature battery powered cars and race them on a provided track.

    Few minutes walk from Kagoshima Airport leads you there. Admission free. I enjoyed the Statue of Mr. Saigo, lastly built and the biggest) and some paneled information as to Satsuma (old name to mean...

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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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