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  • Sengan-en
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    4.5
    1228 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."

    Don’t miss Sengan-en if you are in the area. The gardens are stunning with beautiful views of the sea and volcano. The house has explanations in English and one can easily imagine the lives of the...

  • Io World Kagoshima City Aquarium
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    4.0
    379 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.

    This aquarium, also called IO World, is located conveniently near the ferry-port. While not the biggest in Japan, I found it to be very interesting:the seascape in this area has some unique...

  • Hirakawa Zoological Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Museum Shoko Shuseikan
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    4.0
    161 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...

  • Kagoshima City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    63 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Tenmonkan Mujaki (Main Store)
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    4.0
    79 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...

  • Tontoro
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    4.0
    401 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...

  • Yunohira Observation Point
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    4.0
    270 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.

  • Kurokami Buried Torii
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    4.0
    203 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...

  • Kumaso tei
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    4.0
    108 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Higashisengokuchou 6-10
    A restaurant specializing in local Satsuma (Kagoshima) cuisine located on the north side of the Tenmonkan. Diners can enjoy a variety of colorful Kagoshima dishes, including pork bone and belly meat slow stewed for three hours until it can be cut with chopsticks, shabu-shabu with Roppaku Kurobuta pork from Kagoshima, sake-zushi fermented overnight with only local sake, fresh silver-striped round herring sashimi caught in Kagoshima Bay (Kinkou Bay) and served with a homemade mustard and vinegared miso sauce, and satsumaage deep-fried fish paste. Private rooms in a variety of sizes are also available, making this a perfect place to have a party or banquet.

    We enjoyed a delicious pork shabu shabu set dinner with attentive and friendly service. All of the courses were delicious, and the lovely server made sure we knew which sauces went with what and that...

  • Kagoshima Brand Shop
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Shopping
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Meizanchou 9-1 Kagoshima Prefectural Industry Center 1F
    A shop which presents and sells local Kagoshima products. The shop’s selection spans some 2,100 specialty products and crafts, including local sweets, tea, satsumaage fried fish cakes, and items made from Yakushima cedar. Customers can also make their own gift sets, making this shop a great place to pick up a present or souvenir. Products purchased here can be shipped anywhere in the country. A four-minute walk from Asahidori Station on the tramway.

    五代友厚像のある泉公園の向かいに位置し、朝日通り電停から徒歩1分の所にあります。食品はかるかんなどの郷土菓子、さつま揚げ、黒豚の加工品、焼酎、工芸品では薩摩焼、薩摩切子、大島紬、屋久杉製品などと鹿児島自慢特産品が2100品目以上集まっています。お土産選びには最適なショップです。

  • 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.
  • Kagoshima Fish Market
    Shopping
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Jounanchou 37-2
    Approximately a ten-minute drive from JR Kagoshima-Chuo Station, this central wholesale market was the first to open in Kyushu in 1935. Originally adjoining the fruit market, it was moved due to aging of the building and to expand its size. Although it does not sell to general consumers, you can visit if you apply at the entrance to the market. In addition, groups can also go on a tour with reservations in advance. Some fish caught in Kagoshima Prefecture have been selected as Kagoshima Seasonal Fish for specialty products, and you can enjoy seasonal tastes in the restaurants and direct sales stores throughout the prefecture.
  • Terukuni Shrine
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    4.0
    152 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
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
    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.

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

  • 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.
  • Iso Artcraft Hall
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    3.5
    24 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.

    切子やクリスタル製品が好きな人にはたまらない場所です。30年前に来た時もそうでしたが、価格がそれなりにするので手が出ません。でも今回は庶民の私でも買える品がありました。写真のラペルピンで、これなら普段使いも出来るので気に入っています。工場見学も無料で簡単に入れるのでぜひご覧になって下さい。若い職人さん達が一生懸命に働いています。

  • Grilled Eel Sueyoshi
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    4.0
    158 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.

    At Tenmonkan street, where we found Favori bakery, 100¥ shop, Kagoshima speciality shop and chanced upon this unagi eel shop. It was packed withlocal tourists. The young lady serving us introduced...

  • Museum of the Meiji Restoration
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    4.0
    423 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.

    This looks like a fairly new museum with many interactive displays for children. There are several short movies to watch with different languages available. The staff is friendly and helpful...

  • Kagomma Furusato Yataimura
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    4.0
    311 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.

    Planned short visit there to have tourists experience.. but ended up to stay the whole evening time thanks to the nice food a d friendly atmostphere :)

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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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