Kagoshima travel guide

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You're Going to Love Kagoshima

A smoking volcano, a reputation as Japan's friendliest city, and a proud samurai past all add up to making Kagoshima an inviting destination. As well as being home to Saigo Takamori, a samurai legend, this Kyushu castle town also played an important part in the Satsuma Rebellion of the late 19th century.

Kagoshima's symbol, the volcano of Sakurajima, lies on the other side of Kinko Bay and remains one of the most active volcanoes in the world. A short ferry hop to the island reveals to the visitor the lunar-like layers of lava that provide a testament to the volcano's fiery nature.

Visitors to Kagoshima can revel in its mild climate and palm-tree-lined streets, reminiscent of southern Italy, while making the most of its abundant nature, hot springs, tourist attractions, and delicious food.

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With its humid subtropical climate, Kagoshima is a year-round destination. Fall and winter are mild and relatively dry, while spring and summer temperatures range from 70°F to 85°F. Rainfall is heaviest in spring and summer. July is when the Rokugatsudo Lantern Festival takes place, while the end of August sees the Kagoshima Kinko Bay Summer Night Fireworks Display. Up to 14,000 fireworks are set off against the backdrop of Sakurajima.

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Where to Stay in Kagoshima

Castle Park is a luxury option in Kagoshima and offers its guests spectacular views of Sakurajima from its outdoor hot spring bath. For a real taste of old Japan, book into a ryokan. Often traditionally styled, these inns include communal baths fed by hot springs and provide guests with a yukata, or kimono to relax in. Kagoshima's ryokan range from the wood-built Nakazono Ryokan to the ultra-modern Ginsyo. The Tenmonkan District is at the heart of Kagoshima and is its most vibrant and prosperous area and a lovely area to stay in. Here you'll find the Tenmonkandori Shopping Arcade with its chain stores and independent boutiques as well as cafes, restaurants, and cinemas.

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If you want to shop until you drop, head to Tenmonkan where you'll find no shortage of opportunities to buy contemporary designer clothes or traditional Japanese kimonos, both of which can cost several thousand yen. For local souvenirs, look out for regional specialties that include Satsuma Kiriko glass, bamboo products, silk clothing, and the black and white Satsuma-yaki pottery. Satsuma Kiriko glassware can cost upwards of JPY20,000. For real bargain hunting, visit the Asa-ichi, a popular and busy market held every morning near the train station.

Supermarkets and Food Stores

Supermarkets can be easily found across Kagoshima. Most popular are the Aeon Mall and various branches of the Coop Kagoshima. They carry reasonably priced local food products, while some branches have a small selection of international items. The Kagoshima Brand Shop offers over 1,500 local products including food, drink, and confectionery. As a guide, a quart of milk costs around JPY195 to JPY250.

Where to Eat in Kagoshima

The streets near the ferry terminal and station as well as the Tenmonkan district are the best places for dining out, while tiny restaurants serving both local dishes and international cuisine can be found in the narrow streets around City Hall. If the black Satsuma chicken dish of Kuro Satsuma-dori tempts you, you'll find it served in the chic-meets-rustic surroundings of Yamauchi Nōjō, or pop into Marutora Ikka where you'll find a young crowd. Noodles from a street stall cost around JPY750, while restaurant prices range from around JPY3,000 to JPY7,000 per head.