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5 essential things to do in beautiful Kagoshima, Japan


Here's a quick guide on some of the most interesting things to do and sites to see in Kagoshima, Japan.

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Shiroyama Park

Shiroyama Park is a must-go spot when visiting Kagoshima City. The park is located on a hill of 107 meters with an observatory on top from which you get the most beautiful view of the city of Kagoshima with Sakurajima volcano as the backdrop. The site offers a great night view as well.

The park also features the Saigo Cave, a historical landmark related to the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877.

You can get to Shiroyama Park by bus in about 20-25 minutes from Kagoshima Station.

While you are in the area, you might want to spend some relaxing time at the famous Satsuma no Yu hot spring run by the Castle Park Hotel. The admission is ¥2,300, ¥1,150 for elementary school children. It is located only a few minutes away from the Shiroyama Park observatory by foot, and you also have one of the most amazing views of Sakurajima.

Sanganen Garden

For all lovers of traditional Japanese gardens, the Sanganen Garden is another absolutely wonderful spot to visit near the city. The garden dates back to the feudal era and was constructed by a powerful regional clan.

It features ponds, streams, a bamboo grove, and traditional buildings recognized as world heritage. Perhaps most impressive is the overall view of the landscape which was carefully imagined to harmonize with, and enhance the beauty of Sakurajima volcano.

It takes about 35-50 minutes to get there from downtown Kagoshima City. The park is on the northern side of the city.


Moving out of the city, one spot to definitely consider going to is Yakushima, an island off the coast of Kyushu and part of Kagoshima prefecture.

The island is a natural heritage site because of its cedar forest with trees of over 1,000 years of age; the oldest ones are actually estimated to have been on this earth for over 7,000 years!

The luscious vegetation is due to abundant rainfall on this subtropical island. There are numerous hiking trails on the island that people describe as journeys through an enchanted forest.

You can get to Yakushima island by 2-3 hour ferry ride from Kagoshima City.

Discover shochu (Japanese spirit) by visiting a distillery

Kagoshima is famous for producing some of the best authentic Japanese spirits called shochu. You should definitely taste this local specialty while you are there, and one of the best ways to do it is by visiting Satsuma Kinzangura Distillery.

Satsuma Kingsangura is famous for its prize-winning shochu fermented and stored in vast underground gold mine roadways that you can visit. The special underground environment ensures stable temperature and humidity conditions which are ideal for ageing shochu. You'll be impressed by the tradition and the process behind making shochu. Also, note that the Satsuma Kinzangura makes some excellent sake too.

It takes about 30 minutes by car from Kagoshima city to get to the distillery.

Address: 13665 Noshita, Ichikikushikino City, Kagoshima Prefecture, 896-0073

For additional information, see their official website.

Enjoy Kagoshima's ramen!

Travelling through Japan, one thing to note and enjoy is the local differences in all foods, including many people's favourite: ramen!

Kagoshima has a tradition of ramen-making that dates back a long time. It's a wonderful place to discover some really delicious ramen made from famous local ingredients such as their black pork.

See the link for a selection of five really good ramen joints in Kagoshima.
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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