Kagoshima

Travel Guide
Kiyomizugaoka Park showing a garden

Hike around an active volcano, find peace in elegant gardens and tour excellent museums in the capital of one of Japan’s most naturally beautiful regions.

With its seaside setting, palm-shaded streets, balmy climate and mountain and volcano backdrops, Kagoshima is affectionately known as the Naples of Japan. Find museums that celebrate Kagoshima’s influence on Japanese art, history and literature. Sample mouthwatering local delicacies, visit an aquarium and enjoy scenic cruises on Kagoshima Bay.

In the Downtown area, Tenmonkan is a partly covered shopping street with fashion stores, souvenir shops and restaurants. Sample kuroushi beef, kurobuta black pork and locally brewed shochu at Kagomma Furusato Food Village. Learn about the Meiji era of Imperial Japan at the Museum of the Meiji Restoration. See exotic fish species and watch a dolphin show at Kagoshima Aquarium.

North of Downtown, several museums sit at the base of Mount Shiroyama. Delve into city folklore and history at the Reimeikan-Kagoshima History Museum, located inside the former Kagoshima Castle. Browse works by Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and contemporary Kagoshima artists at Kagoshima City Museum of Art. Modern-day Japanese authors are the focus of Kagoshima City Modern Literature Museum.

Follow paths through Shiroyama Park to Shiroyama Park Observation Deck, where wonderful views of the city and Kagoshima Bay await. Take a leisurely stroll around the landscaped lawns of Senganen pleasure garden. A 30-minute drive south of Downtown, Hirakawa Zoo houses a thousand animals and has fairground rides.

Ferries depart regularly from the city for the 3,665-foot-tall (1,117-meter) active volcano Sakurajima. Hike the Nagisa Lava Trail, which crosses lava fields created during an eruption in 1914. Observe this colossal geological landmark from lookouts such as Arimura Lava Observatory, Karasujima Observation Point and Yunohira Observation Point. The Magma Onsen hot springs and Sakurajima Nature Dinosaur Park are other attractions worth visiting around the volcano.

Reach Kagoshima by flying to Kagoshima Airport from major Japanese cities and catching a train to the city center. Use the city as a base for exploring Kagoshima prefecture. Ferries travel to Amami, Tanegashima, Yakushima and other islands.

Where to stay in Kagoshima

Hotel Mystays Kagoshima
Hotel Mystays Kagoshima
3 out of 5
1-20 Gofuku-machi, Kagoshima, Kagoshima, 892-0826
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$239 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Kagoshima. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and dry cleaning or laundry services. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (444 reviews)
"Pleasant"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2021

Hotel Mystays Kagoshima
JR KYUSHU HOTEL Kagoshima
JR KYUSHU HOTEL Kagoshima
3 out of 5
1-1-2, Take, Kagoshima, Kagoshima, 890-0045
The price is HK$447 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Kagoshima. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (746 reviews)
"Conveniently located at the train station, the hotel had comfortable rooms, great service and good value."

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2020

JR KYUSHU HOTEL Kagoshima
Shiroyama Hotel Kagoshima
Shiroyama Hotel Kagoshima
4 out of 5
41-1 Shinshoin-cho, Kagoshima, Kagoshima (prefecture), 890-8586
The price is HK$1,149 per night from 20 Jun to 21 Jun
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Kagoshima. Enjoy free WiFi, 6 restaurants and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (989 reviews)
The best recharge and refresh trip
"A refreshing time in Kagoshima with the friendliest hotel team in Japan"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2021

Shiroyama Hotel Kagoshima
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Volcano
Volcano
2.5 out of 5
11-15 Kamihommachi, Kagoshima, Kagoshima, 8920818
The price is HK$427 per night from 21 Jun to 22 Jun
Stay at this apartment in Kagoshima. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and a separate bath and shower. Popular attractions Amu Plaza Kagoshima and Mount Sakurajima ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (49 reviews)
"Clean, simple and cozy style. The room size is big. Photo spot on the 5th floor has a great view. Location is good. There are a only few restaurants around the apartment but 1 minute to a Family mart convenience store and 2-3 minutes to Kagoshima station and a tram stop. The tram goes to downtown ..."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2021

Volcano
T· K square kagoshima chuo
T· K square kagoshima chuo
3 out of 5
1-6-20 Take, Kagoshima, Kagoshima, 8900045
The price is HK$474 per night from 20 Jun to 21 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Kagoshima. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and a separate bath and shower. Popular attractions Amu Plaza ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (88 reviews)
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"駅の裏側ですが、歩いてもすぐで、快適な滞在でした。すぐそばに温泉があって気軽に利用できたのも良かったです。 キッチンには、電子レンジと2口コンロ。小さいですが鍋とフライパンもあったので、簡単な調理はすることができました。"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2021

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GRAND BASE Kagoshima Chuo
GRAND BASE Kagoshima Chuo
3.5 out of 5
2-chome-12-25 Nishida, Kagoshima, Kagoshima, 890-0046
The price is HK$491 per night from 20 Jun to 21 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Kagoshima. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Amu Plaza Kagoshima and Amuran Ferris ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (20 reviews)
"安いしあまり期待していなかったですが、ミラブルシャワーや壁掛けTVにはHulu、U-NEXT等も観れ、コンパクトながら必要な物が揃っていて、清潔感もあり良かったです。 天文館も近く夜は飲みに行きたかったので楽しい時間を過ごせました。 洗濯機やレンジあり、カウンターで朝はコンビニ食を食べましたが、1日目は市街を観光するだけだったので充分なホテルでした。 禁煙となっていましたが部屋に入った時少しだけ、タバコ臭を感じたのが残念でした。"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2022

GRAND BASE Kagoshima Chuo
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