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Saigo Takamori Statue

Central Park, Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #21 of 54 Attractions in Kagoshima
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Description: A statue of this local hero and leader of the movement that ended feudalism in Japan stands in military uniform in this city’s Central Park.
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We are NHK Taiga Drama fan, so we were looking for Saigo Takamori related things. If you are looking at the sign that says Saigo Takamori statue photo spot, the statue is behind you. It took us a few minutes to figure that out! The statue is light up at night.

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579 helpful votes 579 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This enormous statue greets you as you reach the top of the stairs at the entrance to Ueno Park. It is made of bronze and shows the great man with his dog. Saigo is a popular character in Japanese history thanks to the part he played as leader of the Restoration army. There is some explanation in English

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Traralgon, Australia
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59 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

When we were on our 4 day bus tour going to different hot spring resorts we stopped briefly in Kagoshima and from the bus we saw the huge statue of Saigo Takamori and was very impressed. A little later we could see it again from the Shiroyama View Point , it is apparently about 15 metres high. By this stage... More

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Perth, Australia
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17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

One of the most popular Japanese heroes is Saigo Takamori, a leader from the Meiji Restoration of the late 1860s. Here is a statue of Saigo who was believed to have died in combat on Shiroyama mountain.

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