Kagoshima is quickly rising in popularity as a tourist destination for foreign visitors, partly due to the inauguration of direct flights from Hong Kong. This land, which is blessed with rich nature, has much to offer. Here are some tourist spots that are highly recommended.
Sakurajima is a volcano that is the symbol of Kagoshima. The sight of it looming on the ocean is very powerful. It is about 1,117m high, has an area of approximately 80 square kilometers, and is said to have been created about 26,000 years ago. It is also in an easily accessible location, just fifteen minutes on a ferry boat from the city of Kagoshima. The land around it has been blessed with the benefits of the volcano, and has wonderful produce such as daikon radishes and mandarin oranges, as well as abundant onsen hot springs.
Go to Shiroyama Observatory for a View of Sakurajima
The observatory on Shiroyama, a 107m high mountain in the middle of Kagoshima, is a recommended spot for seeing the views. From there, you'll see not only Sakurajima on the other side of Kinko Bay (Kagoshima Bay), but also the entire city of Kagoshima, and on a clear day, even the mountains in the distance. Mt. Shiro and its surrounding areas are a treasure trove of nature with more than 600 types of temperate and subtropical plants. You can enjoy a stroll on the walking path.
Sakurajima as seen from the observatory
On Sakurajima, Check Out the "Portrait of a Scream"
Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi is one of Japan's most famous musicians with songs that have been covered in China. When he held an all-night concert on Sakurajima in 2004, 75,000 attended and went wild throughout the night. Afterwards, an observatory was built on the site of the concert. The "Portrait of a Scream" is a monument that was built using 50t of Sakurajima lava to commemorate the event. This observatory is known for the view of Kagoshima on the other side of Kinko Bay.
Official name: Sengan-en Tsuketari Kekuraokariya Teien
Sengan-en was established in 1658 as the second house of the reigning lord of the Satsuma domain in the Edo period. It was later used as a type of reception hall for dignitaries such as naval officers from various countries. Its highlight is the shakkei (borrowed scenery) style garden that likens the pond to Kinko Bay and the tsukiyama (artificial hill) to Sakurajima. The garden and the area around it was previously the site of Shuseikan, which was Japan's first industrial district. Historic remains and buildings in the area are registered as components of a World Heritage Site.
Entrance fee (includes entrance to Shoko Shuseikan): 1,000 JPY/adult (high school and older), 500 JPY/elementary and junior high school, free for pre-schoolers
This is a shrine at the foot of Mt. Shiro dedicated to Shimazu Nariakira (1809 - 1858), who was a lord of the Satsuma Domain. Shimazu Nariakira is known for establishing Shuseikan, the factories on the grounds of Sengan-en, mentioned previously, and for building Japan's first Western-style sailboat and steamboat. The 19.8m height of the otorii gate at the entrance is rare in Japan.
Ibusuki Onsen is the general term for the more than 20 onsen hot springs in Ibusuki in the southern part of the prefecture. It is particularly famous for the sand baths that are available on the beach. This is a type of bath that has been enjoyed by bathers for 300 years. First, you lie face up on the sand wearing light cotton yukata kimono. The staff then covers you with sand that is about 50 to 55 degrees celsius, and in about ten minutes, you will be sweating and refreshed both physically and mentally. There are many other baths that take day visitors, so be sure to enjoy the onsen hot spring!
Kagoshima is a place where you can feel the breath of nature and the beating of the earth. Please visit and experience its powerful allure yourself.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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