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Kagoshima 鹿児島県

Kagoshima Prefecture spans some 600 kilometers from north to south and hosts a number of tourist attractions

Located on the southern tip of Kyushu, Kagoshima has a territory extending about 600km from the prefectural border in the north to the boundary in the south bordering Okinawa. It is endowed with the most spectacular scenery that includes beautiful seas, mountains, rivers, numerous hot springs and a wide variety of flora and fauna. There are also many cultural sites and places of historical interest. There are about 30 islands out at sea far beyond to the south, including Yakushima Island, which was registered as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, the Tokara Islands, a chain of twelve isles of different sizes stretching over a distance of about 162km, and Amamioshima, the second largest isolated island in Japan.
Taking a closer look at the prefecture, it comprises volcanic areas such as the Kirishima mountain range and Sakurajima, the Kirishima-Yaku National Park which encompasses Yakushima Island and Kuchinoerabujima Islands, and the Nichinan Kaigan Quasi-National Park, which is known for its abundance of subtropical plants like Livistona, a type of fan-leafed palm. There is a large number of natural parks and abundant nature in Kagoshima extending from the temperate to the subtropical zones. The Koshikijima Islands, located about 30km away from the western shore of the Satsuma peninsula, are famous for the natural growth of Japanese lilies, covering the islands in pink during full bloom after the rainy season.

Other attractions include Tanegashima Island and Uchinoura Bay, known for their rocket-launching bases, which are one of the most technologically advanced gateways to space.


From Tokyo:
[Air] 1h 50 min from Haneda to Kagoshima Airport, and 40 min from the airport to JR Kagoshima Chuo (Central) Station by bus.


From Osaka:
[Air] 1h 10 min from Itami to Kagoshima Airport.


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