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Oct 5, 2017

Must-Visit Places in Kagoshima

Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover or you simply enjoy trying new experiences, there’s something for everyone in Kagoshima.

Sengan-en Gardens

web_MG_8290Built in 1658 as the villa for the Shimadzu family, this expansive complex offers stunning views of Mt. Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay. Take a walk through the exquisite Japanese gardens and try to picture what it was like strolling through the grounds back in the 17th century.
Look out for key sights such as the 150-pound iron cannon, which was one of the most powerful cannons at the end of the Edo Period (1603 – 1868), as well as the specially designated Cat Shrine, built by Yoshihiro Shimadzu, the son of the 15th lord of the clan. You can also take a closer peek into the lives of the Shimadzu family by taking a guided tour of their residence. Each tour includes a cup of fine matcha tea and traditional Japanese confectionery.
Located next to Sengan-en Garden, Shoko Shuseikan, the first Western industrial factory complex built in Japan, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in July 2015.

〒892-0871 鹿児島県鹿児島市吉野町9700−1

Sengan-en Garden

9700-1,Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima City,
Kagoshima, 892-0871
Tel: 099-247-1551

Museum of the Meiji Restoration

web_s17_096For a comprehensive telling of the Meiji Restoration story, visit this museum. Located on the banks of the Kotsuki River, the Museum of the Meiji Restoration is where you can learn the history of this crucial period through animatronics and detailed exhibits that showcase the people, objects, and events of the Domain of Satsuma.

 

〒892-0846 鹿児島県鹿児島市加治屋町23−1

Museum of the Meiji Restoration

23-1 Kajiyamachi, Kagoshima City,
Kagoshima, 891-0846
Tel: 099-239-7700

Sakurajima Ferry

web_s19_334Much like the Star Ferry in Hong Kong transporting passengers between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, this ferry runs 24 hours a day, shuttling people between Kagoshima city, located on Satsuma peninsula in the west, and Mt. Sakurajima, which is connected to the Osumi peninsula in the east. The journey takes 15 minutes, so be sure to get your fix of Kagoshima’s comfort food, Yabukin’s famous udon, available only onboard the ferry.

〒891-1419 鹿児島県鹿児島市桜島横山町61−4

Sakurajima Ferry

<Mt. Sakurajima side>
61-4 Sakurajima, Yokoyama-cho, 
Kagoshima City, Kagoshima, 891-1419
Tel: 099-293-2525
<Kagoshima City side>
4-1 Honko-shinmachi, Kagoshima City,
Kagoshima, 892-0814
Tel: 099-293-2525

Tamatebako Onsen Hot Spring

web_tamatebako_onsenAs you lower your careworn body into the inviting hot spring waters and with the panoramic views of the East China Sea spread out in front of you, you can almost literally feel all your aches and worries dissipating. After all, some of the health benefits of the onsen include improved blood circulation and a relief of muscle tension or joint pain. 

 

〒891-0511 鹿児島県指宿市山川福元3292

Tamatebako Onsen

3292 Yamagawa Fukumoto, Ibusuki City,
Kagoshima, 891-0511
Tel: 0993-35-3577

Yamagawa Sand Steamed Bath Sayuri

web_s21_044Remember when you were a kid and your siblings buried your body in sand? Well, in Kagoshima, that has been elevated to become a form of spa therapy. As you lie on the beach, an attendant covers your body with sand warmed by stream from underlying hot springs. Regular sand bath therapy is said to help with lowering stress levels and increasing one’s immunity, so enjoy! 

〒891-0511 鹿児島県指宿市山川福元3339−3

Yamagawa Sand Steamed Bath Sayuri

3339-3 Yamagawa Fukumoto, Ibusuki City,
Kagoshima, 891-0511
Tel: 0993-35-2669

Meijigura Shochu Distillery

web_s20_166-r1On mainland Kagoshima, the main ingredient most commonly used for distilling shochu is sweet potato – which is ubiquitous in the region. There are over 2,000 brands of shochu produced by 113 distilleries, each with its own unique fragrance and flavours. Take a tour of Meijigura Shochu Distillery to find out more about their time-honoured techniques, as well as the secret behind some of their award-winning shochu.

〒898-0025 鹿児島県枕崎市立神本町26

Meijigura Shochu Distillery

26 Tategamihonmachi, Makurazaki City,
Kagoshima, 898-0025
Tel: 099-372-7515

Mars Tsunuki Distillery & “Hojo”, the old house of Hombo

web_s20_097The Hombo family began their shochu business in 1909 at Tsunuki. Today, the business has expanded with production sites in some parts of Kagoshima, Yamanashi, and Nagano, with new product categories too: liquer, wine, and whisky. Tour the distillery and stop by the family’s old house, called “Hojo”—a beautifully restored 1930s Japanese-style home. There, you can partake in Mars Tsunuki’s finest tipples at its outdoor terrace!  

〒899-3611 鹿児島県南さつま市加世田津貫6594

Mars Tsunuki Distillery & Old house of Hombo ”Hojo”

6594 Kaseda Tsunuki, Minamisatsuma City,
Kagoshima, 899-3611
Tel: 099-355-2001

Nishi-Oyama Station

web_stationIf you like bragging rights that you’ve been to the southernmost train station on the Japan Railways rail network, this is it.
On clear days, you can also get unobstructed views of the omnipresent Mt. Kaimon.

 

 

鹿児島県指宿市西大山駅

Nishi-Oyama Station

603 Yamagawa-Oyama, Ibusuki City,
Kagoshima, 891-0514
Tel: 099-334-0132