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  • Museum Shoko Shuseikan
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    4.0
    132 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.

    Established by Lord Shimazu in 1852 to produce armaments, glass, ceramics and farm tools, this was Japan's first Western-style factory. It's now a museum detailing the 700 year Shimazu family...

  • Kagoshima City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    58 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 I'd not seen before. 2nd room more Japanese artists. Not huge but ok for entrance fee of ¥300 for permanent collection...

  • Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park
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    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.
  • Ishibashi Memorial Park
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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.
  • Museum of the Meiji Restoration
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    4.0
    379 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.

    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...

  • Hirakawa Zoological Park
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    4.0
    115 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.

    I have to say this zoo is the best zoo I have ever visited. The animals look so happy, lively and comfortable in the zoo and visitors can look animals in the very close distance, particularly...

  • Io World Kagoshima City Aquarium
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    3.0
    3 Reviews
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    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.

    目の前をフェリーが往き来するので見ていて楽しいです。 子供が喜びそうなメニューがあります。 料理は全然美味しくないので注意してください。 もし観光で訪れたのなら他の飲食店に行くことをオススメします。

  • Amami no sato
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Nanei 1-8-1
    A sightseeing destination where visitors can come in contact with the culture and natural beauty of Amami Oshima. The 52 thousand square meter grounds enclose a beautiful, sprawling garden, and visitors can enjoy the site of tropical plants like Bougainvillea and Sago palms. There’s also a museum dedicated to the history of Oshima tsumugi pongee where visitors can learn about the history of this gorgeous fabric. Visitors can also experience area culture and try dyeing fabrics with vegetable dyes, weaving, and kumihimo string craft, or watch up close as masters weave spectacular Oshima tsumugi with specialized tools and skilled techniques. The adjoining restaurant serves local cuisine.

    伝統工芸や伝統的な家屋を見学できるスポット。個人的には隣接のレストランでいただける鶏飯が絶品だと思ってます。

  • Sakurajima Visitor Center
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    4.0
    191 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Sakurajimayokoyamachou 1722-29
    A small museum dedicated to volcanic Sakurajima. The museum is divided into several areas in which visitors can learn about the history and formation of Sakurajima, changes in the plant life of the pseudo-island, and the people who have lived along Kinko Bay. In the museum’s theater room, visitors can watch and listen to stunning videos of the volcano erupting. The museum shop sells books on Sakurajima as well as Sakurajima camellia oil.

    The visitor center opens at 9am. We went there earlier so we had to wait for a while. We signed for our visit and noticed that not many people go there everyday (or those tourists didn't sign...

  • Kamoike Park Swimming Pool
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Kamoike 2-31-3
    A pool facility located close to the “Kamoike Shiei Pool-mae” bus stop on Kagoshima City Bus lines. A place where everyone from children to senior citizens can enjoy themselves, facilities include a toddler pool and indoor 50 meter and 25 meter pools incorporating movable floors. In addition to swimming school classes which focus primarily on synchronized swimming, diving, and swimming styles, and swimming school classes for adults, the facility also holds cultural classes. Replete with everything from a fully-fledged competitive swimming pool to a jacuzzi pool, the facility can be used for a wide variety of purposes. This leisure destination is popular not only in summer but throughout the year.

    鹿児島市のプールですが、運営はスポーツクラブを展開している業者が行ってるので、とても感じのいいスタッフが対応してくれます。プールのレーンも多く、更衣室やシャワー等もきれいに管理されてるので気持ちよく利用できました。 色んなプログラムもやってるようです。

  • Yoshino Park
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    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
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    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.
  • Kagoshima Prefectural Museum
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    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.
  • Tagayama Park
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    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.
  • Nagashima Art Museum
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    4.5
    43 Reviews
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    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...

  • Saigo Nanshu Memorial Museum
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Kamitatsuochou 2-1
    This memorial museum to Saigo Takamori is just a 17-minute drive from the Chuo Station. This memorial was built in 1977 in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of his demise through donations from all over Japan. The interior of the two-story structure is constructed of wood and emanates a natural warmth of space. On the first floor is a diorama of Takamori's life and a film library, while the second floor displays materials about the Satsuma Rebellion and documents in Takamori's own handwriting. The museum shop sells books and unique goods related to Takamori, such as replicated hanging scrolls, wall decor, cute figurines of Saigo that make great souvenirs.

    西郷隆盛の人生すべてがわかる資料館となっていました。 たまたま訪れた11月3日は文化の日で入場が無料になっていました。

  • Kagoshima Kenko no Mori Park
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Inuzakochou 825
    This park is in Inuzako-cho, Kagoshima City. They have a wide variety of sports facilities, including a green suitable for soccer, seven tennis courts, a gym, and sumo ring, as well as playground equipment, an open space, observation decks, a nature observation park, grass skiing slopes, and two shops. The indoor pool facility has a heated swimming pool, onsen resort pool and onsen walking pool, and an outdoor pool open in summer.
  • Dolphin Port
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Honkoushinmachi 5-4
    This commercial complex is located on North Pier in Kagoshima City. It is a two-story facility, built like a southern bungalow, and customers can look out to Sakurajima Island and Kinko Bay from the terrace. Inside the facility are various stores, such as those that sell specialty products of Kagoshima and restaurants where customers can enjoy local cuisine. Events such as handmade craft markets and workshops are held regularly in the vicinity of Nagisa Tower on the first floor.
  • Frespo JUNGLE PARK
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    Kagoshima Pref. Kagoshimashi Yojirou 1-11-1
    This shopping mall is located where Kagoshima International Jungle Amusement Park once stood. On the first floor, there are fashion and sports equipment stores and restaurants, and on the second floor, there are baby goods, a karaoke bar and a large cinema that has ten screens. There is also a special venue on the first floor where events are regularly held.
  • Sakurajima Natural Dinosaur Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kagoshima Kagoshima-shi Sakurajima Yokoyamacho

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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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