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  • Tanegashima Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Nishinoomote-shi, Kagoshima Prefecture Kumage-gun Nakasee-cho, Kumage-gun Minamitane-cho
    A 30-minute plane ride from Kagoshima Airport. This island is famously known as the place where guns were introduced to Japan. The design of the Tanegashima Development Center and Firearm Museum building is modeled after the Portuguese ships which brought guns to Japan; the museum displays guns brought to Japan from Portugal as well as early examples of domestically produced matchlock firearms. The Tanegashima Space Center on the southeastern tip of the island is the only space center in the country from which practical satellites are launched. In addition to facilities connected to guns and space, the island has scenic destinations such as beaches and mangrove forest; visitors can also enjoy scuba diving and other marine sports.
  • Terukuni Shrine
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    3.5
    128 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Terukunichou 19-35
    Approximately a five-minute walk from the Tenmonkan bus and tram stop, this shrine dedicated to Shimazu Nariakira, the 11th leader of the Satsuma domain, is located close to the Kagoshima Prefectural Museum. Given the name Terukuni Daimyojin by royal decree in 1863, the main building was completed the following year and it became known as Terukuni Shrine. Many people believe even today that it is the guardian of Kagoshima Prefecture. The National Flag Festival that commemorate the official announcement by the shogunate of the plan to make the Hinomaru flag Japan's naval ensign is held on July 11, and the Rokugatsudo Summer Lantern Festivals in Kagoshima are held on July 15 and 16.

    Worth a visit, especially in the summer when the festival season is in full swing and many lanterns are decorated around. Free and easy to find.

  • 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.
  • Mt. Kirishima
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyazaki prefecture/Kagoshima prefecture
    This group of over 20 volcanoes spans both Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures. It consists of stratovolcanoes like Mt. Shinmoe and Mt. Takachiho, pyroclastic cones like Mt. Karakuni, and crater lakes typified by Onami Pond and Oike Pond. Because it is an active volcano, care is necessary since part of the climbing route is closed during times of volcanic activity. The highest is the approximately 1,700 meter-tall Mt. Karakuni. Mt. Takachiho is famous for being climbed by Sakamoto Ryoma and his wife Oryo. The visitor center at the foot of the mountain is a popular spot for mountain climbers.
  • Kagoshima Jingu Shrine
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    4.0
    83 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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. It's also with an ancient story about the born of God's grandchild here, quite interesting. Highly recommended to take a walk and...

  • Akamizu Observation Plaza
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Sakurajimakamizuchou 3629-3
    This plaza was established as the site for Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi’s all-night concert in 2004. A statue made from igneous rock known as the “Shouting Statue” serves as a popular spot for commemorative photos.
  • Lake Ikeda
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Ibusukishi Ikeda
    This crater lake has a circumference of 15 kilometers and reaches a depth of 233 meters, making it the largest such lake in Kyushu. Its clear, blue surface is a sight to behold, and a variety of seasonal flowers adorn the lakeside, making for an enchanting scene. The rape blossoms that bloom in January are especially gorgeous. The lake is also home to large eels that reach two meters in length and 50 centimeters in girth, but it is most famous for being the abode of the legendary monster “Issie.”
  • Iso Artcraft Hall
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yoshinochou 9688-24
    This gallery and shop is located in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture and adjoins a Satsuma Kiriko cut glass factory. Satsuma Kiriko is known for the gradations of color created by making deep cuts into thick glass, and its intricate designs and gorgeous hues make this traditional art a delight to behold. Though the techniques went out of use at the beginning of the Meiji period, a movement to revive the art started in 1985, and it continues to be produced today. Visitors can purchase utensils, interior goods, souvenirs, and other items, and they can also observe the creation process. The old-fashioned building itself is a registered Tangible Cultural Property, making it a must-see.

    明治期に建築されたレトロな洋館がギャラリーになっており、芸術品のように美しい薩摩切子が展示販売されています。晩酌用の焼酎グラスでも買って帰ろうかと思っていましたが、タンブラーが安いものでも約5万円と高価で手が出ませんでした。隣接する工房で作業を見学することもできます。

  • Grilled Eel Sueyoshi
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    4.0
    127 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Higashisengokuchou 14-10
    This long-established eel specialty restaurant is located in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Tenmonkan Street in the downtown area. The restaurant uses the eels from Osumi Peninsula, which are special even among Kagoshima’s abundance of eel farms, due to the care taken in raising them with the spring water from the Shirasu Plateau. Soaked in a secret sauce that had been handed down for around 80 years, the restaurant’s prized eels are grilled over a charcoal fire. Popular menu items include the “Unadon” and “Unaju,” which are bursting with the delicious taste of the eels. A square of colored paper on which the children’s author, Hatoju Muku wrote “Sueyoshi has the best eel in Japan” is displayed here.

    I ordered the small size(梅) of うなぎ重. It came in a box with 2 layers, first layer was grilled eel and lower one was rice. As soon as you opened the box, you could catch the nice aroma of charcoal...

  • Kirishima Open-Air Museum
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    4.5
    68 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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
    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.

    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...

  • Kagomma Furusato Yataimura
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    4.0
    278 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Chuouchou 6-4
    A new food theme park a five-minute walk from Kagoshima-Chuo Station which was just opened in 2012. The park is home to 25 yatai (food stands) offering the unique flavors of Kagoshima, including local dishes, kushiage (deep fried skewers), seafood, eels, and tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen, as well as a shochu (Japanese white liquor) bar which doubles as an information center. The park is dedicated to local production for local consumption, reasonable prices, and hospitality; the friendly Kagoshima dialect with which patrons are greeted is also sure to make you smile.

    This place is filled with locals! Thats the first hint that we hit jackpot on our perfect supper place in Kagoshima! The place was bustling with Japanese chilling over beer and all kinds of bar food...

  • Ikehata Tenmondo of Tourist Information and Souvenir Hall
    Shopping
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Higashisengokuchou 14-5
    A souvenir shop located in the Tenmonkan shopping arcade in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture which carries a wide selection of interesting goods for tourists and students on school trips. In addition to foods like kurobuta pork, snacks, and local liquors, the shop also offers traditional crafts like Satsuma kiriko glass and local character goods. The shop’s own Tenmondo, yakiimo shochu liquor and Cheeseimon, madeleine-like pastries, made with red sweet potatoes, are particularly popular. Visitors can also find goods relating to the historic figure Saigo Takamori.
  • Old Kagoshima Spinning Engineers' House (the Foreigners' Residence)
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yoshinochou 9685-15
    When the Kagoshima Spinning Mill was built in 1867 as Japan’s first Western-style spinning mill, this structure was built to house seven English engineers invited to provide guidance regarding the plant. The building is a rare extant example of early Meiji period Western-style architecture in Japan. The building was registered as a World Heritage site in 2015 under the collective “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining.”

    Many tourists visit the gardens of Sengan-en and Shouko Shuuseikan which sit next to each other but tend to miss this tourist attraction because it is in a separate location and not as much promoted...

  • Bronze statue of Saigo Takamori
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Shiroyamachou 4
    Saigo Takamori made his mark on history during the Meiji Restoration. This bronze statue of the man was erected on the 50th anniversary of his death on Shiroyama, the place where he met his end during the Satsuma Rebellion. Standing eight meters tall, this majestic monument was created by Kagoshima City local Teru Ando, the same man who crafted the famous Hachiko Memorial Statue.
  • Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park - Foot Hot Spring
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Sakurajimayokoyamachou
    A foot bath 100 meters long located inside Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture. A 10-minute walk from Sakurajima Ferry Terminal, it is one of the largest foot baths in Japan. Here in this popular spot visitors can take a leisurely break in between exploring Sakurajima and enjoy the mountain scenery, townscape, and the view of Kagoshima Bay. Constantly filled from a natural hot spring source, the bath is available for all to use free of charge.
  • SANDECO・COFFEE
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Meizanchou 4-12F
    By day, this is a mathematics café, and by night, a mathematics cram school. It is located in Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture. The café’s carefully selected coffee beans are for sale here, and the café roasts those same beans upon receiving an order for a coffee. The café also has a food menu with items such as black pork gristle curry and Wagyu steak rice bowls. The cute appearance and lavish fruit topping of Kagoshima’s famous dessert, Shirokuma, makes it a popular item on the sweets menu. Customers can ask for math questions, and people who correctly answer them can get presents.

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  • Shiroyama
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Shiroyamachou
    A small, 107 meter tall mountain located in the center or an urban area in Kagoshima City. The site of a castle which belonged to the powerful Kaminoyama family during the Northern and Southern Dynasties, the mountain was also where the last bloody battle of the Satsuma Rebellion took place in 1877. Covered with some 400 year old great camphor trees, ferns, and sweet viburnum, and over 600 other varieties of plants, the mountain is a natural treasure trove home to countless wild birds and insects. A verdant walking path leads to a lookout deck and the sweeping view of Kagoshima City is breathtaking. The mountain was designated a national Historic Site and Natural Monument in 1931.
  • Sekiyoshi Sluice Gate of Yoshino Leat
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Shimotachou 1263 ahead
    A flume extends approximately eight kilometers from this Sekiyoshi gate upstream on the Abeki River to Suzumegamiya. The flume was built by Shimazu Nariakira (lord of Satsuma Domain) to provide water for a water wheel which powered the Shuseikan blast furnace and a device for drilling gun holes. The gate was registered a World Heritage Site in 2015.
  • Ruins of Kagoshima Castle (Tsurumaru Castle)
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Shiroyamachou 7
    Also known as “Tsurumaru Castle,” Kagoshima Castle was built by Shimazu Iehisa (the first lord of Satsuma Domain) in 1602. It was a “mansion-style” castle without a tower. Today, only the original walls and moat are still extant. The Reimeikan, Kagoshima Prefectural Center for Historical Material stands on the former site of the inner citadel, while the Kagoshima Prefectural Library and Kagoshima City Museum of Art are situated on the former location of the outer citadel.

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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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