Things to Do in Kagoshima Prefecture

Top Kagoshima Prefecture Attractions

Things to Do in Kagoshima Prefecture


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Top Attractions in Kagoshima Prefecture

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  • Jessie A
    Denver, CO4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely loved this garden! At first we didn’t realize quite how huge the gardens went, all of the beautiful shrines were fun to explore. Definitely read all of the little signs around the home & park the story is lovely. Worth paying 1,600 yen per person to see everything! The house was beautiful and told the story of the family living there through the years.
    Written March 24, 2024
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  • Musings_MJ
    Singapore, Singapore347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mount Sakurajima towers over Kagoshima and was the only reason for driving all the way to the south of Kyushu. It did not disappoint. The imposing mountain with ash spewing through the day was majestic against the sunny blue skies. Access was easy with the car ferry, no problems at all just driving the car into the ferry. Highly recommended to drive to the island which will allow you to explore the island at your own pace. Only downside is we could not find restaurants for lunch and had to settle for convenience store food at Lawsons. Will be advisable to pack some picinic food or come early and go back to the mainland for lunch.
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • JonRambo
    West Sussex, UK129 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hiking experience with beautiful moss forest and a fantastic view from the rock at the summit on the "green route". We passed right by a troop of monkeys on the trail. Easy route finding but pretty challenging walking that's OK for anyone of reasonable fitness older than about 10 years old. I'd recommend hiking boots not trainers. Well signposted even for English speakers. Well worth the modest admission fee. No drinks or omiyage at the entrance booth so bring your own food and drink. Arriving by bus is sensible to avoid a winding drive up the mountain road.
    Written April 2, 2024
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  • rmartinmitch
    Boston, MA573 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a chance to visit the Chiran Peace Museum during our recent trip to Japan. The name 'peace museum' is a bit ironic as the museum celebrates the lives of the Japanese kamikaze pilots who died crashing their planes into enemy targets during WW2. You see their pictures and the poems to their families that they were forced to write before their final take-offs. You learn that they were mostly young men, asked to give their lives for an emperor who would almost certainly not have returned the favor. Sad and hopefully a real lesson for us today.

    Very touching and also very well presented.

    A must-see if you are in the area.
    Written December 7, 2023
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  • SophiaK
    Athens, Greece1,140 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kirishima Jingu Shrine, the largest in southern Kyushu, is an exceptional shrine amidst the lush greenery of Japanese pine and cedars. There is a magnificent Torii gate about 22m high and in the autumn the scenery is unbelievably beautiful with the fusion of red and gold leaves.
    Written January 16, 2024
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  • Darren L
    Queenstown, MD848 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were traveling by bus for a tour, but there were plenty of private vehicles and people on foot. Not much time on board, but neat views as you cross the bay.
    Written March 13, 2024
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  • Sue S
    Kingston, Canada381 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Only go if the weather is good. A small observation platform provided great views of the city, the volcano- (Mt. Sakurajima which was very active on the day we visited) and the bay. Otherwise there wasn't much else to do there. A small souvenir shop and toilets were the only facilities at the top. We traveled with a tour bus group and parked at a lower lot that was surrounded by kitschy souvenir shops but the 5 minute walk through the large trees was serene. Shiroyama Hotel was a 5 minute walk from the parking lot.
    Written October 20, 2023
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  • JonRambo
    West Sussex, UK129 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hiking experience at around 1000 metres altitude surrounded by ancient Yakusugi trees. A good mix of adventure with easy route finding. There are various courses ranging from pretty easy (board walks and steps) through to the longer 210 minutes course that involves proper hiking on mountain trails. All well signposted even for English speakers: much better for foreigners than most Japanese trails that I've tried. I would recommend hiking boots for the 150 and 210 minutes trails. Well worth the modest admission fee. Small visitor centre by the car park. Arriving by bus is sensible to avoid a winding drive up the mountain road.
    Written April 2, 2024
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  • swisstraveller
    Berne685 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a very beautiful waterfall. We got there by bus, which took about 1.5 hours from the airport and left us with 40 minutes at the waterfall (before catching the returning bus). Its very peaceful and nicely located, just on the coast. There are not many visitors, which definitely add to the charm of this place.
    Written March 29, 2023
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  • xlne
    Singapore, Singapore667 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I wanted to take my time climbing Mt. Kaimondake because I’m almost recovered from my knee injury, so I took the 9.10am bus from Ibusuki to Kaimon Station. While walking to the trail head on my way in from the main road, I was greeted warmly by a lady sweeping in the Shinto shrine at the bottom of the mountain.

    At about 11am, I started my slow ascent and reached the top of the mountain around 1.20pm. There were not many people on the trek but I adopted a snail pace anyway. Sadly, this is one of those trails that doesn’t have many nice viewpoints enroute, even though the view from the top is indeed marvellous. At the summit, you’ll actually be standing higher than Tokyo Skytree itself! The curious sight of small groups of trekkers sitting around eating their bentos at the summit was accompanied by the fragrance of cooking noodles, making me regret not bringing some food of my own as well. I only had crackers and water, so I made the most of them while waiting in vain for the clouds to clear.

    At 3.30pm, I started down at a brisk pace because I don’t want to get caught trekking after sundown. I reached the base of the mountain around 6pm. Most of the nearby restaurants seem to be closed so I had to walk out further to find food. End up taking the 9pm train back to Ibusuki after eating a hearty local teppenyaki dinner some way down the main road.
    Written May 18, 2020
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  • F1974
    Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a wonderful beach. Almost no people great temperature of the water and many fish to see with goggles. There was a place for own lunch in the shade and a shower afterwards. Not a lot of shade so the best place is in the water
    Written July 30, 2019
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  • William S
    Kobe, Japan1,292 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This western-style lighthouse is over 100 years old. There is limited parking though it did not matter as we were the only people there. You get a view of a nearby volcano and otherwise beautiful coastline. There is a small shrine just over the seaside wall.
    Written March 26, 2020
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