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Kagoshima: Japan you haven't seen yet

Kagoshima is a subtropical region located at the southernmost tip of mainland Japan. The history of modern Japan begins with innovation that began here.
Kagoshima is a place where you can discover Japan as yet undiscovered. The more you know about it, the deeper it goes! Bringing you the charm of beautiful nature and multicultural Kagoshima!

Visit Kagoshima In All Season

Spring in Kagoshima is an absolute dream! 🌸✨ Cherry blossoms cover the entire city, creating a picturesque wonderland. Be sure to time your visit between late March and early April to witness this stunning beauty. From May to August, you’ll experience lively festivals filled with traditional music, dancing, delicious street food and vibrant fireworks. Get ready to dance the night away! 🎉
Summer is the talk of the town! ☀️🌴 With average temperatures ranging from 25 to 32 degrees Celsius, it’s perfect for beach bums and outdoor enthusiasts. So grab your swimsuit and get ready to soak up the sun!
Autumn in Kagoshima? Oh, the colors will take your breath away! 🍂🍁 From late October to early December, nature brings us spectacular fall foliage. Hiking trails and parks transform into a magical kingdom of red, orange and gold. Simply breathtaking!
Kagoshima’s winter weather is mild, but the peaks of Mount Sakurajima are covered with snow. ❄️⛄️ If you want to experience a unique blend of cozy winter atmosphere and stunning volcanic scenery, go between December and February.

Getting Around Kagoshima

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✈️ Access By Plane
👉🏻From Tokyo to Kagoshima Airport-about 2hours 
👉🏻From Osaka to Kagoshima Airport-about 1hour and 20minutes 
👉🏻From Nagoya to Kagoshima Airport-about 1hour and 40minutes 
👉🏻From Fukuoka to Kagoshima Chuo Station-about 2hours and 10minutes by Kyushu Shinkansen
🚗 Access By Car
👉🏻From Kagoshima Central Station to Kagoshima Airport-about 1hour
👉🏻From Kagoshima city to Kirishima shrine-about 1hour 
👉🏻From Kagoshima Chuo Station to Ibusuki Station-about 1hour and 20minutes
👉🏻From Kagoshima Central Station to Kamikaoka-about 1hour and 20minutes
🚅 Access By Train
👉🏻From Kagoshima Central Station to Kagoshima Airport-about 40minutes by Kagoshima Airport Line
👉🏻From Kagoshima City to Kirishima Shingu Station-about 60minutes on the Kagoshima Main Line
👉🏻From Kagoshima Chuo Station to Ibusuki Station-about 1hour and 10minutes on the Ibusuki Makurazaki Line
👉🏻From Kagoshima Chuo Station to Sendai Station-about 10minutes by Kyushu Shinkansen
🚢 Access To Remote Islands
👉🏻From Kagoshima Port to Yakushima-1hour 50minures (direct) to 2hours 45minutes by high-speed boat
👉🏻From Kagoshima Port to Tanegashima-about 1hour and 30minutes by high-speed boat (direct)
👉🏻From Kagoshima Airport to Amami Airport-about 1hour by plane (direct)
👉🏻From Haneda Airport to Amami Airport-about 2hours and 30 minutes by plane (direct)

Kagoshima Safety Tips

🌋Beware Of Volcanic Ash
👉🏻When traveling to Kagoshima, it is necessary to pay attention to the ash fall of Sakurajima, which still erupts regularly.
👉🏻When it gets on clothes, it becomes difficult to wash off. The road surface becomes slippery, visibility is poor, and driving is difficult.
👉🏻When traveling, check the weather forecast, as well as the amount of ash fall and the wind direction on the local weather forecasts.
🏞️Precautions For Yakushima Trekking
👉🏻In Kagoshima there is considerable rainfall percentages throughout the year.It rains mostly in the mountains, so bring your own rain gear.
👉🏻When trekking, it is convenient to have a water bottle, a flashlight, a plastic bag and a small towels. A backpack is convenient so that both hands are free.
👉🏻Please bring long trousers, regardless of the season. It is an insect and a grass repellent. Also, don’t forget to wear a hat with a brim to prevent heat strokes.
👉🏻Rain and moss can make the trails slippery. Please bring comfortable shoes.

Recommended Kagoshima Tour

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Kagoshima City Aquarium (Io World) and Tonkatsu Lunch at Karen !! 
(Valid until 30April2024)
Let’s enjoy Kagoshima’s aquatic life at one of the largest aquariums in Kyushu and taste Kagoshima’s specialty delicious Kurobuta Tonkatsu!!
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Tourist Train “Hisatsu Orange Restaurant” Meal Set Plan !!
(Valid until 31March2024)
Let’s enjoy a special time and delicious meal while rolling down the tracks on this dining train run by the Hisatsu Orange Railway !!
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Ibusuki Hot Sand Bath Experience, Enjoy Chabushi and Okra Smoothie
(Valid until 30April2024)
Let’s experience one of the famous and rare activity of Ibusuki, Sunamushi Onsen (Hot-Sand Bath)!! Highly effective for beautiful skin, weight loss, atomic dermatitis, and natural detox from the deep inside of your body.

Best Photo Spots

  1. Kaimondake & Rape flowers
    📍Ibusuki City
Kaimondake is an active volcano with an altitude of 924m, located at the southernmost tip of the Satsuma Peninsula. From late December to early February every year, rapeseed flowers bloom on the shores of Lake Ibusuki. The yellow carpet symbolizes the subtropical region of Kagoshima and the arrival of early spring: it contrasts beautifully with the clear blue sky against the backdrop of Kaimondake.
  1. Black pig shabu-shabu
    📍Kagoshima City
Carefully raised from Kagoshima’s sweet potatoes, Kurobuta (black pork) is one of Japan’s most popular meats: a must-try local delicacy when traveling to Kagoshima. Kagoshima ramen features pork bone soup and black pork charcoal, while the tonkatsu is also popular for its thickness. However, the most popular recipe is the black pork shabu-shabu!
  1. Shirokuma Polar Bears
    📍Kagoshima City
Speaking of Kagoshima’s summer traditions, “Polar Bears” is a candy that is very popular among Satsuma girls and contains fine shaved ice, lots of condensed milk, and fruit. Sweet and cute, the fluffy shaved ice is sure to look great on Instagram! Depending on the store, there are various flavors and fruits such as chocolate, strawberry, matcha, yogurt, and Ujikintoki tea with azuki beans.
  1. Satsuma Kiriko
    📍Kagoshima City
This is Kagoshima’s representative traditional craft. This is a kind of beautiful cut glass that has never been seen before in the world. It is made by covering transparent glass with colored glass and has exquisite cutting patterns engraved on the colored glass. Satsuma Kiriko has been revived in the present age and is attracting worldwide attention as a representative craft of Satsuma.
  1. Oshima Tsumugi
    📍Amami island
Oshima Tsumugi, one of the world’s three largest textiles, is a high-quality silk fabric from Amami. It is features mud dyeing, where 100% silk fabric is dyed multiple times with mud. The beautiful patterns spun on Oshima Tsumugi represent the beautiful nature of Amami. Amami Oshima also offers Oshima Tsumugi rental experience. Please put your sleeves on the longed-for Oshima Tsumugi and experience the history and culture of Amami.
  1. Kamegaoka
    📍MinamiSatsuma City
Kamegaoka is located in Minamisatsuma City in the southern part of Kagoshima. It is a mountain with an altitude of 387m. From the observatory on the top of the mountain, you can see a horizontal panorama that makes the earth look round. It is also famous among paragliders, who dance in the blue sky on sunny days.
  1. Kakeroma-jima
    📍Amami island
A 20-minute ferry ride from the southern tip of Amami Oshima. Kakeroma-jima is an island with a lush rainforest and clear blue sea. It is a paradise on the ground where untouched nature remains. This small remote island isn’t usually listed in travel guidebooks, but it’s known to those in the know as a hidden getaway where a luxury holiday will cleanse your soul.
  1. Shiratani Unsui-kyo
Shiratani Unsui-kyo is a valley at an altitude of 800m located in the center of Yakushima, a World Natural Heritage Site. Take a short trip to Taikoiwa during the sunny spring season. You can have a panoramic view of Yakushima’s cherry blossoms and fresh greenery, and the view of Mount Miyanoura, the highest peak in Kyushu, is even more beautiful!

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