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Kagoshima
Travel Guide

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.

Top hotels in Kagoshima

KOKO HOTEL Kagoshima Tenmonkan
KOKO HOTEL Kagoshima Tenmonkan
2.5 out of 5
The price is HK$218 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated in Kagoshima, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Xavier Church Shinseido and Kagoshima City Aquarium. Kagoshima Arena and Kagoshima Citizens' Culture ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (23 reviews)

"設備は新しくて状態は良い。 トイレが小さ過ぎる。"…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

KOKO HOTEL Kagoshima Tenmonkan
HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan
HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan
3 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$297 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

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! (872 reviews)
Good one in Tenmonkan

"Clean and calm, very good"…"

Reviewed on 7 Apr 2020

HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan
HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan Annex
HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan Annex
3 out of 5
The price is HK$264 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

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! (321 reviews)

"The room is not very clean. Other than that things are ok."…"

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2020

HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan Annex
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Kagoshima

T· K square kagoshima chuo
T· K square kagoshima chuo
3 out of 5
The price is HK$594 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar

Situated in Kagoshima, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Kagoshima Chuo Station Tourist Information Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Kagoshima ...

3.7/5Good! (11 reviews)

"新築なので、部屋も綺麗でお風呂も広く良かった。 日本人の場合、チェックインがもう少し簡単だともっと良かった。 入力が多かったので、入力に時間がかかった。"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2021

T· K square kagoshima chuo
ApartmentHotel ecott
ApartmentHotel ecott
3 out of 5
The price is HK$528 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Situated in the business district, this apartment building is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Aeon Kagoshima Shopping Center and within 6 miles (10 km) of Kagoshima Citizens' ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (13 reviews)

"nice and clean, but a bit away from city center. about 25-min drive with traffic."…"

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2019

ApartmentHotel ecott
Volcano
Volcano
2.5 out of 5
11-15 Kamihommachi, Kagoshima, Kagoshima
The price is HK$612 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Situated in Kagoshima, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Sakurajima Port Ferry Terminal and Kagoshima City Aquarium. Iso Beach and Kagoshima ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)

"Had a nice view of the volcano on the roof. Super nice place and cheep"…"

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2020

Volcano
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kagoshima

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

17 Oct 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Oct 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

19 Feb 2019

I love kagoshima, very quiet but special place.