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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.

HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan Annex
HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan Annex
3 out of 5
The price is HK$252 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Situated in Kagoshima, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kagoshima City Museum of Art, Kagoshima City Aquarium and Shiroyama Observatory. Amu Plaza Kagoshima ...
4.2/5Very Good! (330 reviews)
"The room is not very clean. Other than that things are ok."

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2020

HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan Annex
HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan
HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan
3 out of 5
The price is HK$259 per night from 30 May to 30 May
Located in the heart of Kagoshima, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jigenryuhyohousho History Museum and Kagoshima City Aquarium. Kagoshima Arena and Kagoshima ...
4.3/5Excellent! (896 reviews)
"They offer discount ticket for parking lot at the front desk. Staffs can speak a little bit english but they are very nice and friendly."

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2021

HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan
JR KYUSHU HOTEL KAGOSHIMA
JR KYUSHU HOTEL KAGOSHIMA
3 out of 5
The price is HK$972 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
Located in the heart of Kagoshima, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kagoshima Chuo Station Tourist Information Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kagoshima ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (640 reviews)
"Conveniently located at the train station, the hotel had comfortable rooms, great service and good value."

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2020

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4/5 - Good

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18 Oct 2019

This is a bustling happening city. The hotel is in the lively 'night district' and is also close to transport and the centre.

5/5 - Excellent

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17 Oct 2019

Great place . Our favourite spot so far. Great food. Easy to get around and lots to do

5/5 - Excellent

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7 Oct 2019

Sakurajima is great. Day trip to Ibusuki for a sand bath was a great experience.

5/5 - Excellent

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19 Sep 2019

Lovely friendly place. The people are lovely and the countryside is beautiful. Mount Sakurajima is stunning, as is the rest of the surrounding countryside. A calm yet fascinating area. Highly recommended!!

4/5 - Good

Pierre

7 Apr 2019

Interesting JR tour over city/volcano by bus/ferry

5/5 - Excellent

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19 Feb 2019

I love kagoshima, very quiet but special place.