Kagoshima City, Japan
|2022.09.29~-0001.11.30 PlaceKagoshima City
Kagoshima City is full of authenticity, whether it be magnificent nature, samurai culture, or the best wagyu beef in Japan.
Sakurajima and Kinko Bay have the power to refresh the hearts and minds of
anyone who gazes upon them. After a short 15 minute trip by ferry, you can
enjoy outdoor activities on Sakurajima, such as kayaking and digging your own
hot spring bath.
Kagoshima is also the hometown of Saigo
Takamori, the last samurai and a hero who contributed greatly to the
modernization of Japan. We recommend trying on genuine samurai armor and kimono
at the beautiful Sengan-en, a garden and stately home rich in samurai culture.
And of course, there is also Kagoshima’s
cuisine. Kagoshima wagyu beef won the coveted “Wagyu Olympics” in 2017. We also have succulent Kagoshima Kurobuta pork
and fresh fish from the depths of Kagoshima Bay.
Whether to escape into nature, enjoy
delicious local food, or to soak up history, Kagoshima is a city worth
Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park Footbath
Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park is situated on
the shore, an eight minute walk from Sakurajima Port. There is a 100-m long
footbath, one of the longest in Japan, fed by a natural hot spring from 1,000 m
underground is in the park. The terra-cotta colored water contains iron. You
can relieve your travel fatigue with a footbath while having a view of Kinko
Bay in front of you and Sakurajima behind you!
You can purchase Sakurajima’s original
towels at the Sakurajima Visitor Center and Rainbow Sakurajima Inn.
Sengan-en is the stately home and gardens
of the powerful Shimadzu clan and overlooks Sakurajima, Kagoshima’s magnificent
active volcano. Built in 1658 by Shimadzu Mitsuhisa, Sengan-en is one of
Japan’s most famous traditional gardens. Explore the expansive house and
gardens to get a true feel of how a feudal lord lived. The grounds also host
restaurants serving the finest local cuisine, an ultra-chic Japanese style
cafe, and exclusive shops selling the pinnacle of Kagoshima craftsmanship.
Sengan-en was registered as a UNESCO World
Cultural Heritage Site in 2015 in account of the role this area played in the
modernization of Japan. The neighboring Shoko Shuseikan Museum tells the
800-year story of the Shimadzu family, and the Shimadzu Satsuma Kiriko
Glassworks offers visitors a rare opportunity to see Japanese artisans at work
Tenmonkan Mujaki Main Restaurant
Shirokuma shaved ice with milk topped with
various colorful fruits is a Kagoshima specialty. Tenmonkan Mujaki Main
Restaurant is the originator of Shirokuma and many people visit the restaurant
for the refreshing taste created by the combination of fluffy shaved ice and
There are variations such as chocolate,
pudding or coffee flavored Shirokuma. Shochu Mizore shaved ice with a syrup
made from shochu is also available. Handy Shirokuma served in a cup is
available to go.
You can eat in or take out Shirokuma shaved
ice at the restaurant on the first basement of Amu Plaza.
Amu Plaza Kagoshima
This is a shopping facility adjacent to
Kagoshima Chuo Station, the entrance to Southern Kyushu. A variety of food and
products from Kagoshima are available on B1F of the main building. You can
enjoy a view of the city and Sakurajima during a 15 minute ride on the Ferris
Yamakataya Dept. Store
Kagoshima’s long-established department
store that sells various local products.
Founded in 1751, the department store sells
a variety of local specialties including food and crafts.
Tenmonkan, the largest shopping district in
Southern Kyushu, has many restaurants and cafes offering popular items such as
Kurobuta pork cutlet, Kurobuta pork shabu-shabu and Shirokuma shaved ice
(shaved ice with syrup and fruit). There are also places to shop including
souvenir shops, boutiques, and a department store. The street has an arcade so
you can enjoy a meal and shopping even on rainy days.
There are many hotels here, so this
district is convenient for visitors to Kagoshima. As there are a number of
izakaya drinking places and bars, the district becomes especially busy on
【Kagoshima Kayaks】A half-day Sakurajima kayaking tour
On this kayaking tour around Sakurajima,
you can view the great active volcano from the ocean. You might witness an
eruption of Sakurajima up close. Experienced JSCA certified guides will take
you on this kayaking tour.
Satsuma Kiriko Crystal Glassware
Try cutting Satsuma Kiriko crystal glass
with an expert craftsperson to create your very own piece of exquisite
glassware at the Sengan-en Cultural Experience Centre. Learn the basics of
etching crystal glass on a cutting wheel and try your hand at one of
Kagoshima’s most famous exports. A master craftsperson will finish your glass
for you once the experience has finished and it will be delivered to you by
Sushi Chef Experience
This is a sushi making class for beginners.
An experienced sushi chef will demonstrate how to clean and fillet a fish and
teach you how to make nigiri sushi and maki sushi. Enjoy the sushi you made
yourself. You will receive a class completion certificate and a sushi keychain.
【Source: Kagosima City】