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Kagoshima

Kyushu Island's southernmost city, the picturesque Kagoshima draws comparisons to Naples. Hot, sunny and in possession of its own towering stratovolcano - Sakurajima - this sparkling coastal destination boasts lush national parks, scenic mountains, hot springs, and a handful of intriguing historic sites. Kagoshima is also home to "Satsuma Cuisine" (Satsuma was the former name of the prefecture), distinct in its diversity and quality of ingredients. Kurobuta pork, sashimi (raw) chicken and Wagyu beef are just some of its indigenous culinary delights.

Kagoshima's central attraction is the imposing Sakurajima, which periodically erupts fine ash over the region. Volcanic activity aside, travelers can experience stunning Kirishima-Yaku National Park; with its lakes, onsens, waterfalls and yakusugi (ancient Japanese cedars). The city also has some cultural and historic diversions of note: the 18th-century Kirishima-jingu shrine, Kagoshima Castle, the bucolic Kirishima Open Air Museum, and Senganen Garden - whose shrines, ponds and manicured lawns date back to the Edo period.

Kyushu Island's southernmost city, the picturesque Kagoshima draws comparisons to Naples. Hot, sunny and in possession of its own towering stratovolcano - Sakurajima - this sparkling coastal destination boasts lush national parks, scenic mountains, hot springs, and a handful of intriguing historic sites. Kagoshima is also home to "Satsuma Cuisine" (Satsuma was the former name of the prefecture), distinct in its diversity and quality of ingredients. Kurobuta pork, sashimi (raw) chicken and Wagyu beef are just some of its indigenous culinary delights.

Kagoshima's central attraction is the imposing Sakurajima, which periodically erupts fine ash over the region. Volcanic activity aside, travelers can experience stunning Kirishima-Yaku National Park; with its lakes, onsens, waterfalls and yakusugi (ancient Japanese cedars). The city also has some cultural and historic diversions of note: the 18th-century Kirishima-jingu shrine, Kagoshima Castle, the bucolic Kirishima Open Air Museum, and Senganen Garden - whose shrines, ponds and manicured lawns date back to the Edo period.

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Flower Park Kagoshima

Enjoy the wildly colorful gardens of the Flower Park in Kagoshima, which features more than 2,400 plant species. Open all year, the park blooms with different flowers depending on the time of year, from jacaranda and water lilies in summer, to tulips and poppies in winter.

Kirishima Open Air Museum

Discover art in a forest wilderness at this large-scale, open-air museum. Sculptures are set outdoors, incorporating the natural environment of the national park by using it as exhibition space. The effect ranges from surreal and mysterious to oddly eerie.

Kirishima-jingu Shrine

Delve into local history at this early 18th-century Shinto shrine; rebuilt multiple times, having been destroyed repeatedly by volcanic activity, until being moved to its current location. Several cultural items of significance are kept inside; the shrine itself, with red torii gate and verdant parkland surroundings, is wonderfully scenic.

Senganen Garden

Take a nostalgic trip to Edo-period Japan at Senganen Garden – a meticulously designed traditional Japanese garden of rocks, ponds, shrines and sakura trees, located on the seaside. Created in 1658 by the wealthy Shimazu Clan, the gardens are one of Kagoshima’s most memorable sights, with Sakurajima and glittering Kagoshima Bay providing a breathtaking backdrop.

Senrigataki Waterfall

Witness the tallest waterfall in the Kirishima mountain range; Senrigataki sees the summer rainfall plummet almost 250 feet into a picturesque pool. The roar of Senrigataki slows to a trickle in the Fall, though the sight is no less beautiful with the surrounding foliage turned red and brown.

Shuseikan Industrial Complex

Immerse yourself in history at Shuseikan Industrial complex, located within Senganen Garden. Kagoshima played an important role in the industrialization of Japan, and it’s on this site that the country’s first iron production began. The remains of the complex, and a former engineer’s residence, both enjoy UNESCO World Heritage site status.

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