Spots in Kagoshima / Mt. Sakurajima Area

  • Io World Kagoshima City Aquarium
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    4.0
    387 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    The City Aquarium is four floors of fish and education. There are several large tanks with lots of fish and a legend explaining the various types. There are a couple of fish larger than a regular...

  • Museum of the Meiji Restoration
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    427 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.

    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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    4.0
    280 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Sengan-en
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    4.0
    89 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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."

    These are famous local delicacies - ricecakes soaked in either soya source or miso. You can have a try at a food stall inside Sangan-en.

  • Kurokami Buried Torii
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    206 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    This shrine buried by volcanic ash was restored by junior high children. The displays are all in Japanese; so, I would not have known had my local hosts shared that info. Its just impressive that...

  • Sakurajima Visitor Center
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    4.0
    219 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    We found the staff were very friendly and helpful. You can find signs posted in Japaneses as well as in English.. This was an informative interpretive stop; a small gift shop on site for your...

  • Sakurajima Roadside Station
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    4.0
    136 Reviews
    Transportation
    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...

  • Terukuni Shrine
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    4.0
    158 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.

  • Museum Shoko Shuseikan
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    4.0
    164 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Arimura Lava Observatory
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    4.0
    155 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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

  • Tenmonkan Mujaki (Main Store)
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    4.0
    85 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Sennichichou 5-8
    This is the original shaved ice “white bear” shop in the Tenmonkan G3 arcade. The “white bear”, also known as a Kagoshima specialty, is made by pouring home-made milk on finely shaved ice and topping with colorful fruit. The size is quite large so for those who don’t think they could finish a serving we recommend the baby size. There are a variety of toppings such as chocolate and caramel pudding.

    We skipped lunch, hence it is perfect here where we can grab a bite and have dessert. They are separated and located on different level of the building depending on whether you are having a meal...

  • Yogan Nagisa Trail
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    4.0
    108 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Kagoshima-shi Sakurajimayokoyamacho

    This is roughly a three minute walk from the ferry terminal. Before you get to the path, there is a gazebo, where youll see a few cats around relaxing and even may come up to you for a pat. Just...

  • Tontoro
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    404 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yamanokuchichou 9-41
    A popular ramen restaurant that is also one of Kagoshima's best located in the Temmonkan-dori shopping arcade. As its name implies in Japanese, the restaurant's specialty Tontoro Ramen is topped with pork that practically melts in your mouth. The broth, made with pork bones, chicken bones, and seafood, is surprisingly light, making it popular with the shop's women customers as well. The rice with roasted pork is also popular and includes a heaping helping of chashu roast pork made with neck meat, a rare delicacy of which only a small amount can be obtained from one animal. A three-minute walk from Takamibaba Station on the municipal tram.

    We had a ramen dinner that was quick and delicious. There is a machine for ordering as you enter - plenty of pictures make it easy, and a small area for sitting. The ramen was hot, the pork melted in...

  • Kagoshima City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    63 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...

  • Ishibashi Memorial Park
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    60 Reviews
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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.

    A small park were they put up some old stone bridges. Not spectecular but pleasant for an evening walk.

  • Nagashima Art Museum
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    4.5
    51 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Kagoshima Prefectural Museum
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    43 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Shiroyamachou 1-1
    A history and natural history museum located a five-minute walk from the “Saigo Dozo-mae” stop on the City View bus line. The museum was originally established to keep records on the great Taisho period eruptions of Sakurajima. The main building consists of animal displays and a special exhibition space on the first floor, an exhibit on the natural beauty of Kagoshima within a 600-kilometer area stretching north and south on the second floor, and exhibits such as a 3D theater which introduce the industries harnessing the natural abundance of Kagoshima on the third floor. A planetarium as well as displays of a variety of dinosaur skeletons, ammonites, and other fossils can be found on the fourth floor of Houzan Hall, the museum’s annex.

    Main theme of exhibition is geography, animals and plantes of Kagoshima area. There are many very nice stuffed animals, especially birds. They are look like they are real. There are few alive animals...

  • Hirakawa Zoological Park
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    2 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.

    平川動物園内にあるレストランです. 値段もリーズナブルでおいしく,時間の節約にもちょうどよい休憩にもなりました.

  • Kagoshima City Modern Literature Museum/Kagoshima Marchen Fairy Tale Museum
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    3.5
    35 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Shiroyamachou 5-1
    A literature museum located a seven-minute walk from Asahidori Station on the Kagoshima City Tram bound for Kagoshima Station and leaving from JR Kagoshima-Chuo Station. Visitors can come in contact with literary works connected to Kagoshima through the museum’s permanent exhibit, which looks at 28 writers with a particularly strong link to the area. The adjoining Marchen Fairy Tale Museum is fun for adults as well as children, and visitors can feel like they’re in their very own fairy tale through exhibits such as trick art, playground equipment, and seasonal events and decorations. A joint admission ticket which includes entry to both facilities is available.

    Went to the literature and the fairytale museums for ¥500. Spent about just over an hour to see both as no English info. If there were I couldve spent longer. Interesting displays but dont know the...

  • Roadside Station Kiire
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Transportation
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Kirechou 6094-1
    A roadside station facing the coast along National Route 226. The station has a hot spring bathhouse and heated pool facility which look out over Kinko Bay. The Yahata Onsen Hoyokan building houses hot spring baths, a shop, and restaurant. There’s also a popular indoor pool area with a 53-meter-long water slide, and a multipurpose ground where visitors can enjoy golfing. The station’s large indoor bath and lie down bath are supplied by an alkaline simple hot spring whose waters are said to treat nerve pain and joint pain. Visitors can relax and refresh both body and mind in this casual hot spring resort. The station’s popular store is filled with Kiire exclusive products like local miso and chiffon cake.

    「道の駅いぶすき」から国道226号線を10キロメートルほど北上したところにあります。 こちらの道の駅には、食堂や物産直売所のほかに「温泉」もあります! 駐車場はかなり広いので立ち寄りに不便することはなさそうです。 温泉の入浴料は1回390円。ロングドライブやツーリングの休憩・気分転換におススメです。 また、観光スポットというワケではありませんが、道の駅の奥にエネオスの喜入基地があります。ズラっと並...

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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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