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- The must do/ see activity here. Can’t miss seeing the volcano towers over the city. There were two ways to get best views we found; there is an overlook elevated near the town, and best way is via ferry to the island itself. The volcano island is a beautiful place and great roads, views and of course the volcano shelters built spatially around .Written April 23, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This attraction is best on feng shui location, facing ocean/view of active volcano.sakurajima , and back by cliff and mountain. It’s historical place for Shimadzu family in Meiji era , where japanses modernization set up here . The complex includes japanese lushy garden, price Tadayoshi house and shrine and zen rock garden . Admission fee is reasonable for things to watch, inspire and dining . There are local unique kagoshima glasswares and satsuma-ware( unique pottery) exhibition and sale store. Please allow atleast 1hour to be inspre d by this amazing place.Written July 3, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Easy to get on and pay for the ferry ride of just a short time to the base of the volcano. Pleasant ride on a sunny morning.Written July 25, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The views are great on a clear day, especially in the morning. Its like a small version of Victoria Peak (on Hong Kong Island) up there, with a nice park with greenery and birds and views over the city and Sakurajima. The hop-on/hop-off bus stops here.Written March 29, 2023
- Japan has nice aquariums and I found the Kagoshima aquarium to be very nice. The entrance fee was reasonable and as an English speaker it was easy to get around. Some signs had English names while others did not. The aquarium does have a whale shark, honestly this was the main reason for my visit. The main tank that hosts the shark was large but somewhat boring. There was no vegetation or anything, I felt bad for the fish but I am sure there is a reason why it's like this as other aquariums had nice set ups. The aquarium was multi leveled with a lot of local species from the Kagoshima area. One of my favorites was toward the end, the huge fresh water South American fish, I always find them fascinating. The Kagoshima aquarium is a nice one that is worth a visit.Written March 5, 2021
- A must experience when here . The view is spectacular and not only is the volcano site awesome it’s blowing smoke continuously. And the city view is also amazing. Easy access and not typically crowded.Written April 23, 2023
- Welcome to Kagoshima Plaza.
The plaza/ mall is right at Kagoshimachuo Station. If you exit from this station, there will be directions on how to get to the mall. If you're not having any luck, the staff at the station, is more than helpful to get you there.
There is a great variety of stores to shop from, not to mention places to eat.
They even have a ferris wheel that you can ride and get nice views from.
If you look at the floor plan of the plaza (which is on different levels) you can see where everything is. Even how to get to the ferris wheel. I am not sure exactly of the cost because I didn't go on it.
Nice place to get all types of shopping done, get some good food, and some nice treats. My friend and I enjoy our time here.Written August 4, 2019
- The trams run frequently and are easy to use. You get on the one going in the direction you wish to go, entering in the middle or rear, and pay as you exit. There are plenty of seats though you might have to stand if busy. The tram is smooth and stops frequently. No IC card or Japan Rail Pass accepted. Cash only with lower prices for kids.Written March 22, 2020
- Fantastic museum next to the river
You can use headphones to help understand and follow the different displays as most are in Japanese.
Do the historic walk next to the river as it is beautifully set up and explained beforehand
Best 300 yen spent so far in Japan for a museumWritten May 7, 2022
- Shiroyama Park can be reached by the City View Bus from Kagoshimo Chuo JR Station. One way fare is ¥ 190. The trip takes about half an hour. During the climb there is not really much to see, which however is truly compensated when you arrive at Mt. Shiroyama Observatory on the top. The City View Bus however brings you just short of the top and drops you off at a parking lot surrounded with a lot of small (souvenir)shops. From here it is just a short walk towards the Observatory.Written October 19, 2018
- You want visiting Kagoshima and you discover a city of importance for the Japanese history specialy at the Meiji time.
Saigo Takamori is an hero for the Japan
Each one who wants better know the history of the modern Japan has to go to KagoshimaWritten February 16, 2019
- The Kagoshima Chuo Station is a gigantic station. I did not transit through here, but I stayed in Kagoshima for several days and walked here to view the mall and restaurants. The mall area is easy to get around although I didn't buy anything, it was nice to browse. I found the area to be clean and well kept up. You could spend all day here and they have great food options, everything from sit down dining to fast food.Written March 6, 2021
- Great value when we visited.
Zoo only entrance fee is 500en for adults, 100en for kids!!! Felt guilty paying so little.
Plenty to keep you going for 2-4 hours, I'd say.
Full entrance fee incl. aquarium is a more sensible 1600en for adults. Kids, less.....
Didn't visit aquarium, so can't compare to the one in Kagoshima city, but price is competitive, if not the location.
Bus stop is very close to the railway station. 1.7km walk (not pleasant at 33 degs).
NOTE TO: JR / bus company / Hirakawa Zoo - you could do so much more to inform people No signs at all at GO-I-NO train station (closest), in Japanese or English, just a monkey picture. Should have big signs at station and bus stop saying 'Get off here for...' 'Buses every 'x' minutes', or a timetable.Written August 15, 2017
- Clean and perfectly organized as in Japan, worth a visit. Best way is to rent a car, the transfer by ferry is convenient and the ride is scenicWritten February 12, 2020
- It is impressive to see it. The power of nature could be scary.
Park the car opposite the shrine gate for free. Dont park at the car park in front of the gate. It costs you.
You dont need to spend much time for this site, maybe around 15-20 minutes including walking inside a small temple.
I hope nothing would be buried by the ash or lava anymore.Written July 1, 2018
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