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Kagoshima

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

Cedar forested island off the southern coast of Kagoshima prefecture.

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The Beauty of Flowers

The Beauty of Flowers

Kim

A special exhibition taking place at the Kagoshima City Museum of Art looks into artworks depicting flowers by numerous artis...

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Kanoya Rose Garden Spring Festival

Kanoya Rose Garden Spring Festival

Kim

To celebrate the arrival of spring, the Kanoya Rose Garden in Kagoshima Prefecture is hosting a festival where approximately ...

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Places to stay in Kagoshima

Dormy Inn Kagoshima

Dormy Inn Kagoshima

Maren Pauli

Stay at Dormy Inn Kagoshima and enjoy a great location close to the main station and with easy access to the ferry terminal!

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Hotel Gasthof, Kagoshima

Hotel Gasthof, Kagoshima

Peter Sidell

In the centre of Kagoshima on Japan's westerly Kyushu island, Hotel Gasthof is full of middle-European charm and character, b...

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Kanehama Coast

Kanehama Coast

Stephen DiTomasso

Japan may be a gold mine for hidden historical gems and local secrets that your average tourist will not stumble upon, but Ka...

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Makurazaki Port 8

Makurazaki Port

Amanda Ho

Makurazaki City is the southern-most tip of the Satsuma Hanto Peninsula in Kagoshima Prefecture. It is the largest producer o...

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About Kagoshima

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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