Top 10 things to do in Kagoshima Prefecture

  1. Sakurajima Volcano
    891-1419 Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture
    This active volcano is one of the most popular attractions in Kagoshima. Visitors can take a ferry to the island and hike up to the summit for a breathtaking view of the smoking crater.
  2. Chiran Samurai District
    506 Chiran, Minamikyushu, Kagoshima Prefecture
    This historic district is home to several well-preserved samurai residences and gardens. Visitors can stroll through the streets and imagine what life was like for the samurai of old.
  3. Kirishima Shrine
    1358 Takachiho, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture
    This ancient Shinto shrine is nestled in the mountains and surrounded by lush forest. Visitors can explore the various buildings and admire the intricate woodwork and carvings.
  4. Sengan-en Garden
    9700-1 Yoshinocho, Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture
    This traditional Japanese garden was built in the 17th century and features a pond, tea house, and various seasonal flowers and trees. Visitors can also tour the adjacent Shimadzu family residence.
  5. Mt. Kaimon
    891-3601 Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture
    This picturesque mountain is often referred to as "Satsuma Fuji" due to its resemblance to Japan's most famous peak. Visitors can hike up to the summit for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
  6. Ibusuki Onsen
    891-0404 Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture
    This hot spring resort is famous for its unique sand baths, where visitors are buried up to their necks in warm sand. The minerals in the sand are said to have therapeutic properties.
  7. Shiroyama Observatory
    891-0113 Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture
    This observation deck offers stunning views of Kagoshima Bay and the city skyline. Visitors can also learn about the history of the area at the adjacent museum.
  8. Kagoshima City Aquarium
    890-0056 Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture
    This modern aquarium features a variety of marine life from around the world, including sharks, rays, and sea turtles. Visitors can also see live dolphin and sea lion shows.
  9. Nishi-Oyama Station
    891-0113 Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture
    This train station is famous for its unique location on a steep hillside. Visitors can take a ride on the scenic railway and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
  10. Kirishima-Kinkowan National Park
    Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture
    This expansive national park is home to several volcanoes, hot springs, and scenic hiking trails. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as camping, fishing, and kayaking.