Travel / Tourism Spots in Kagoshima Area

  • Sengan-en
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    4.5
    1275 Reviews
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    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
    951 Reviews
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    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    The first historical reference to Kirishima shrine is in the year 540.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...

  • Museum of the Meiji Restoration
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    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...

  • Yunohira Observation Point
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    286 Reviews
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    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.

  • Sakurajima Visitor Center
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    4.0
    222 Reviews
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    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
    209 Reviews
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    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...

  • Roadside Station Tarumizu Yuttarikan
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    140 Reviews
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    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.

    国道220号下り方面、桜島を一望できる道の駅。連休最終日午前到着。足湯で有名ですが、コロナ禍の影響か12:00-17:00に利用時間が制限されていました。アッシー君にはガッカリ、メッシー君にはワンチャン有りかも。湯っ足り館のネーミングも足の引っ張り合いにはご用心。

  • Arimura Lava Observatory
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    4.0
    156 Reviews
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    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

  • Sakurajima Roadside Station
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    136 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kanoya Air Base Museum (Kanoya Sky Museum)
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    4.5
    125 Reviews
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    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...

  • Museum Shoko Shuseikan
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    4.0
    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...

  • Kagoshima Jingu Shrine
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    4.0
    101 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Hayatochouchi 2496-1
    A Shinto shrine located in Uchi, Hayato-cho, Kirishima City, Kagoshima Prefecture. Also known as the Shohachimangu, Kokubu Shohachiman, and the Osumi Shohachi, this shrine is the head shrine of all Shohachiman shrines nationwide. The shrine is dedicated to the legendary Yamasachihiko and the queen Toyotamahime no Mikoto. Records state this ancient shrine was founded during the reign of Emperor Jinmu (660–585 BCE) and is believed to grant expecting mothers an easy childbirth. The Hatsu-uma Festival, held on the first Sunday after January 18 according to the old calendar, is considered one of the three biggest events in Kagoshima Prefecture. During the unusual festival, a parade of dancers journeys to the shrine led by a sacred, bell-covered horse.

    This Japanese shrine with a lot big & old trees surrounding. Its also with an ancient story about the born of Gods grandchild here, quite interesting. Highly recommended to take a walk and...

  • Izumi City Crane Observation Center
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    72 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Izumishi Shou 2478-4
    A facility located a 40-minute drive from the Tsunagi interchange on the west circuit of the Minamikyushu Expressway where visitors can watch cranes up close. Only open from November 1 to the fourth Sunday in March the following year, the facility is a top wintertime tourism destination in Izumi City. From the two story, reinforced concrete building, the site of the over 10 thousand cranes which gather in the area is truly spectacular. The facility opens early only on January 1, enabling visitors at this time to see the first sunrise of the new year emerging over the cranes. There is a shop and café on the first floor, and visitors can enjoy a warm cup of coffee while watching the cranes.

    Has an interesting amount of crane information. Doesnt open until after the cranes have flown in the morning. Has good views of the feeding cranes later in the day.

  • Ooshima Tsumugimura
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    71 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Oshimaguntatsugouchou Akaogi 1945
    A facility where visitors can watch Amami Oshima tsumugi pongee cloth being made and try making it themselves located a two-minute walk from the Oshima Tsumugimura-iriguchi bus stop. Visitors can listen to a courteous guide and watch as Oshima tsumugi is laboriously crafted in the adjoining workshop. The facility also offers a variety of classes, including T-shirt and handkerchief dorozome mud dyeing, weaving, and kimono wearing. The facility’s shop sells Oshima tsumugi accessories and exclusive Oshima tsumugi items in both Japanese and Western designs offered no place else.

    You can make own T shirts or Scarf with traditional tie- dye. That is wonderful gift!

  • 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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    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。

  • Kinsakubaru Virgin Forest
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    4.0
    92 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Amami-shi Naze Asato Kane Sakuhara
    This virgin forest located about a 30-minute drive from Amami City is the most untouched subtropical broad-leaved tree forests left on Amami Oshima Island. The forest, which extends deep into the mountains of Naze, evokes images of ancient times. The forest's massive 10 meter-tall Cyathea lepifera ferns are living fossils whose fronds are believed to have been fodder for dinosaurs eons ago. The sunlight filtered through their large umbrella-like fronds creates a mystical spectacle to behold. The forest is also a habitat for rare wildlife such as Lidth's jay, a national Natural Monument, as well as the Okinawan tree lizard.

    1人なので、対応してくれるガイドきっといませんよとつれなく一社目は断られ…しかし!1人からやってくださる会社を見つけました。「スローガイド奄美」というところ。金策原は、ガイドをつけないと入れないようになってます。当然です。道も狭い!希少な植物を踏みつける!駐車の仕方によっては、渋滞が起きる!などあるから。ガイドつけないと季節によっての見どころや希少植物や野鳥、撮影ポイントなどわかりません。私はマン...

  • 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...

  • Roadside Station Yamagawa-minato Io Kaido
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    52 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Yamagawakinseichou 1-10
    A roadside station located a 10-minute walk from Yamakawa Station on the JR Ibusuki Makurazaki Line. Yamagawa Port is also known as “Crane Port” due to its shape resembling a crane extending its wings, a design also employed in the shape of this roadside station’s building. The station consists of three zones—a local specialty products zone where visitors can buy woodwork crafts and ceramics, a morning farmers market selling produce from local farms and fresh seafood like skipjack tuna and greater amberjack, and finally a seafood restaurant zone where visitors can enjoy a variety of fresh seafood dishes. Day after day, the station bustles with visitors.

    指宿観光で寄りました。9月の連休でしたので食堂が混んでおり買い物だけ。鰹節は安いと思います。ひっそりと販売している(コロナ対応かレジから従業員さんをソフトクリームのコーナーまで連れて行かないと行けませんでした)マンゴーソフトが大きめでオススメです。Paypayが使えます。

  • Roadside Station Kirishima
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    50 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kirishimashi Kirishimataguchi 2583-22
    A roadside station situated along National Route 223 in Kirishima City. 670 meters above sea level, the station also boasts a sweeping view of the area. The Hotto Kirishimakan building has a restaurant which serves Kirishima specialties like Berkshire pork tonkatsu breaded pork cutlet, pork cutlet curry, and Berkshire pork shabu-shabu set meals. The adjoining shop sells specialty products like Berkshire pork miso, blueberry juice, and Satsuma Tin ware. The station is adjoined by “Kirishima Shinwanosato Park”, a vast, nature-rich leisure ground where visitors can enjoy leisure activities like a sightseeing lift.

    道の駅・霧島は眺めがいい場所に立地されており、売店とレストランが併設されているもので、お土産の種類は他の道の駅同様豊富にあります。お土産購入や休憩・また併設されているレストランの利用・霧島神話の里公園に立ち寄る等、訪問する価値は高いと思います。ただ、レストランを朝利用しようと思い訪問したのですが、9時からではなく10時からの開店なのでネット上の情報に間違いがありますので朝食で利用の際は注意が必要で...

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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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