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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

KAGOSHIMA Kagoshima City

A paradise for divers and windsurfers also famed for potent spirits and succulent meats

Only four kilometers from active volcano Sakurajima, Kagoshima City combines a stunning vista with rich local history, excellent food and drink, and vibrant nightlife. Its central location makes it the perfect hub for exploring both mainland Kagoshima and its surrounding islands.

Don't Miss

  • Marvel at the powerful active volcano Sakurajima
  • Explore the ruins of Kagoshima castle
  • Visit the former feudal lord's private house and garden at Sengan-en
  • Get a view of the deep at Kagoshima City Aquarium

How to Get There

Kagoshima City is Kagoshima's central transport hub with links to most other major cities in Kyushu.

Regular access to the islands and other local destinations make Kagoshima City a convenient base for exploring the region.

JR Kyushu Shinkansen connects Kagoshima with Kumamoto (44 minutes), Fukuoka (1 hour 17 minutes) and Shin-Osaka (3 hours 50 minutes). Local trains and buses are also available from neighboring prefectures.

Domestic flights operate from most major locations, including Tokyo (1 hour 35 minutes), Osaka (1 hour 10 minutes) and Fukuoka (55 minutes). Regular international flights operate from Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Shanghai.

In the shadow of Sakurajima

Active volcano Sakurajima towers over the city and is only a short ferry ride away if you want to get up close and personal with this monument to the power of nature. You can cycle around the volcano, and there is a museum where you can learn all about the volcano.

Get the best views of Sakurajima

You can find the best views of Sakurajima at the picturesque Japanese garden Sengan-en and on top of the Shiroyama viewpoint, which rises up behind the city. Take note, you may also get a light showering of ash if the volcano erupts, which it frequently does.

Southern samurai

Visit the ruins of Kagoshima castle to step back in time and feel how the lords of the Shimadzu clan and their samurai lived. Kagoshima samurai played a pivotal role in the end of the Tokugawa clan and indeed samurai rule of Japan in 1867.

Take a leisurely walk around the old castle grounds

Start at Terukuni shrine, where revered feudal lord Shimadzu Nariakira is enshrined. Then head over to get your photo taken with the statue of the real last samurai, Saigo Takamori. Take a leisurely stroll past the old castle walls, and head inside the former castle grounds to visit the Reimeikan Museum and learn about the rich history and culture of Kagoshima.

Terukuni Shrine adorned with the crest of the Shimadzu clan

Ishibashi Park

Take a stroll around Ishibashi Park, where the old stone bridges of Kagoshima City have been tastefully displayed. A small man-made river makes a great paddling pool for younger children in the warmer months.

Swim with dolphins during summer

During the summer you can also enjoy a swim at nearby Iso Beach, which is also frequented by windsurfers and jet-skiers. If you are lucky, you may even see dolphins playing in the sea in front of the volcano.

Journey through the historic Sengan-en

Make sure to leave plenty of time for a visit to Sengan-en, the former private residence of the feudal lords of the Satsuma domain. The expansive grounds include the house and gardens as well as a museum and glassworks.

A view of the deep

The view of the volcano is certainly impressive, but what goes on underneath the surface of the sea is equally so. You can take a look at the kind of creatures that might be lurking beneath the surface of Kinko Bay in the huge Aira Caldera at the Io World aquarium. Take a stroll across the road to nearby Dolphin Port for shops and restaurants.

Living it large with the locals

Kagoshima is famous for its food and drink, and what better way to enjoy it than in the company of locals in one of downtown Tenmonkan's many great bars and restaurants. Hop on a tram and make your way through the city to the main nightspots, or take it easy in a restaurant nestled in one of the many inviting backstreets.

Devour famous dishes and special local shochu

Japan might be famous for sushi, but Kagoshima really brings home the bacon with its famous kurobuta pork, award-winning wagyu beef, and kurodori chicken. Head down to Tenmonkan to sample local shochu. Don't worry about missing the last train, the nightlife in Kagoshima goes on late into the night.

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