Welcome to Kagoshima, a city full of history, nature and culinary discoveries
Kagoshima is a small city, pleasant to stroll around or sightsee by tram. History lurks around every corner here, from the Reimeikan, a museum dedicated to local culture, to the Monument to the Loyal Retainers of Satsuma, a memorial to 80 souls who perished during a massive flood control project in the 18th century. Take a boat from the pier and then board a bus to the Arimura Lava Observatory on Sakurajima to have a close-up view of the barren lava fields from the 1914 eruption and the volcano's thick, steaming plume. If you are feeling a bath, there are a few hotels with onsen not too far away. And if you are hungry, try two of Kagoshima’s signature dishes: satsuma-age, a deep-fried patty of minced fish flavored with sake and eaten with ginger and soy sauce, and kibinago sashimi, in which slices of silver herring are delicately arranged like a summer flower blossom. Wash down either dish with locally brewed shochu, as Kagoshima is Japan's largest producer of the potent alcohol distilled from grain and sweet potato.