Kagoshima Area

Kagoshima, Kyushu

Kagoshima City us a castle town and is known for neighboring active volcano, Sakurajima (symbol of Kagoshima Prefecture), and historic sites remaining from the Meiji Restoration.

Kagoshima City is the administrative, economic, and cultural center of Kagoshima Prefecture and is a castle town dating back to the 14th century. The city and its suburbs are located on the northeastern part of Satsuma Peninsula and face the Kagoshima Bay, which is more commonly known as Kinko Bay.

The smoking Sakurajima centered in Kinko Bay is one of the main symbols of Kagoshima Prefecture. Throughout history Sakurajima (4 km from central Kagoshima City) has been the site of multiple massive eruptions and continues to be one of the most well-known active volcanos in the world. Sakurajima was originally an isolated island however, as a result of the eruption of 1914, the island was joined to the adjacent Osumi Peninsula. The leva fields can still be seen on the island as testament to the history of the volcano's eruptions.

Near the small island, Okikojima Island, is Sakurajima Marine Park where visitors may come and observe the seabed, coral reefs, and marine life. Not far from the park is the Sakurajima Visitor Center, a museum that showcases a detailed history of the eruptions of Sakurajima and its relationship with the local people. Visitors also have access to the Yunohira Observation Lookout Point which is 373 m above sea level and is the nearest accessible point to the active Minamidake crater. From here, visitors will have a panoramic view of the area and leva fields. Another well-positioned observation point is the Arimura Leva Observation Lookout Point.
Growing around Sakurajima are the world's largest variety of radish, the Sakurajima daikon Radish, and the world's smallest variety of orange, the Sakurajima komikan Mandarin Orange.

In Kagoshima City the Mt.Shiroyama (107 m above sea level) is known as the battlefield of the last hard-fought battle during the Meiji Restoration. From the mountaintop visitors may overlook the city and will have a view of Kagoshima Bay, quiet waves, and Sakurajima in the distance. Sengan-en Garden (Iso-Teien Garden) nearby was constructed by Mitsuhisa Shimazu (the 19th Lord of the Shimadzu Clan) as a guest house of the Kagoshima Castle(Tsurumaru Castle). Visitors from all over the world come to visit and enjyoi the view of Sakurajima, to be treated to the beautiful sight of the sakura cherry blossoms in the springtime, and other blossoming flowers such as azalea, chrysanthemum, etc. during the rest of the seasons. Outside the garden grounds is the Shoko Shuseikan Museum. Within the museum are a variety of preserved items on display, some of which include former machinery factory materials, records of the complexes built during the Edo Period(17th century) to support the modernization efforts of Kagoshima Prefecture by means of cannon, boat, and glassware production (referred to as Satsuma Kiriko).

In recent years, development of the north wharf has been a main area of focus where many events are held. In summertime there is a fireworks display during which as many as 13,000 sets of fireworks are fired. There are also many live concerts and sunset cruises. The Ohara Festival is held in autumn. Nearly 20,999 dancers gather together and dance along the main streets of the city attracting from 600,000 spectators upwards.


From Tokyo:
[Air] [Air]1h 50 min from Haneda Airport to Kagoshima Airport
[Bus]40 min from Kagoshima Airport to JR Kagoshima Chuo (Central) Station by bus.
From Osaka:
[Air] [Air]1h 10 min from Itami Airport to Kagoshima Airport.

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