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Sunny climate set to a Sakurajima backdrop

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Kagoshima City

Kagoshima City

Kagoshima City is set against the backdrop of Sakurajima, an active volcano and the city's icon in Kagoshima Prefecture. The ...

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Kirishima

Kirishima

Kirishima, the second biggest city in Kagoshima Prefecture, is a magnet for hikers due to its combination of mountainous trai...

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Yakushima

Yakushima

Yakushima island of Kagoshima Prefecture is located off the southern coast of Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost island. The small,...

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Ohara Festival

Ohara Festival

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Kagoshima's biggest annual festival returns each November promising traditional dance parades, taiko performances and a whole...

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Maenohama Cosmos Festival

Maenohama Cosmos Festival

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Each year in early November, the town of Maenohama in Kagoshima Prefecture is home to a cosmos festival. Along with the spaci...

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Hotel Kirishima Castle

Hotel Kirishima Castle

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Hotel Kirishima Castle is situated within Kirishima Onsen, lying on the lower slopes of the Kirishima Mountains with views ov...

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Kagoshima
Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kyushu
Island Kyushu
Capital Kagoshima
Population 1,706,242
Area 9,188.10 sq. km

If you love history, Kagoshima Prefecture (鹿児島県, Kagoshima-ken) is the place to go. Christianity was first introduced to Japan in Kagoshima by Francis Xavier, and Western technology entered Japan at Tanegashima in the form of muskets. But perhaps most notably, the powerful Satsuma Domain, which ushered in the Meiji Restoration, was located in Kagoshima; not surprisingly, the leader of the Satsuma Rebellion, the revered Saigo Takamori, was born there as well. Kagoshima also houses the somber Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots.

History aside, the southernmost prefecture of Japan (excluding Okinawa) is famous for Yakushima Island, a World Heritage Site; the island is noted for its majestic Yakusugi trees and is an excellent hiking location. The great volcano of Sakurajima, one of the most active in the world, towers over the city.

Some of Japan’s best sake is brewed in Kagoshima from their Satsuma sweet potatoes. 

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