Kagoshima

Travel Guide

Hike around an active volcano, find peace in elegant gardens and tour excellent museums in the capital of one of Japan’s most naturally beautiful regions.

With its seaside setting, palm-shaded streets, balmy climate and mountain and volcano backdrops, Kagoshima is affectionately known as the Naples of Japan. Find museums that celebrate Kagoshima’s influence on Japanese art, history and literature. Sample mouthwatering local delicacies, visit an aquarium and enjoy scenic cruises on Kagoshima Bay.

In the Downtown area, Tenmonkan is a partly covered shopping street with fashion stores, souvenir shops and restaurants. Sample kuroushi beef, kurobuta black pork and locally brewed shochu at Kagomma Furusato Food Village. Learn about the Meiji era of Imperial Japan at the Museum of the Meiji Restoration. See exotic fish species and watch a dolphin show at Kagoshima Aquarium.

North of Downtown, several museums sit at the base of Mount Shiroyama. Delve into city folklore and history at the Reimeikan-Kagoshima History Museum, located inside the former Kagoshima Castle. Browse works by Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and contemporary Kagoshima artists at Kagoshima City Museum of Art. Modern-day Japanese authors are the focus of Kagoshima City Modern Literature Museum.

Follow paths through Shiroyama Park to Shiroyama Park Observation Deck, where wonderful views of the city and Kagoshima Bay await. Take a leisurely stroll around the landscaped lawns of Senganen pleasure garden. A 30-minute drive south of Downtown, Hirakawa Zoo houses a thousand animals and has fairground rides.

Ferries depart regularly from the city for the 3,665-foot-tall (1,117-meter) active volcano Sakurajima. Hike the Nagisa Lava Trail, which crosses lava fields created during an eruption in 1914. Observe this colossal geological landmark from lookouts such as Arimura Lava Observatory, Karasujima Observation Point and Yunohira Observation Point. The Magma Onsen hot springs and Sakurajima Nature Dinosaur Park are other attractions worth visiting around the volcano.

Reach Kagoshima by flying to Kagoshima Airport from major Japanese cities and catching a train to the city center. Use the city as a base for exploring Kagoshima prefecture. Ferries travel to Amami, Tanegashima, Yakushima and other islands.

HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan
HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan
3 out of 5
Yamanokuchi-cho 2-7, Kagoshima, Kagoshima
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥3,436 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in the heart of Kagoshima, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jigenryuhyohousho History Museum and Amu Plaza Kagoshima. Kagoshima Citizens' Culture ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (971 reviews)
"Great location with plenty of good dining options around and quick access to transportation. The bed was a little too firm and the pillows were flat."

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan
HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan Annex
HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan Annex
3 out of 5
1-20 Gofuku-machi, Kagoshima, Kagoshima
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥3,510 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in Kagoshima, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kagoshima City Museum of Art, Kagoshima City Aquarium, and Shiroyama Observatory. Amu Plaza Kagoshima ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (398 reviews)
"The staff was very kind."

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2021

HOTEL MYSTAYS Kagoshima Tenmonkan Annex
Shiroyama Hotel Kagoshima
Shiroyama Hotel Kagoshima
4 out of 5
41-1 Shinshoin-cho, Kagoshima, Kagoshima (prefecture)
The price is ¥19,631 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
Located in the heart of Kagoshima, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shiroyama Park and Amu Plaza Kagoshima. Kagoshima Citizens' Culture Hall is 2.8 mi ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (991 reviews)
The best recharge and refresh trip
"A refreshing time in Kagoshima with the friendliest hotel team in Japan"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Shiroyama Hotel Kagoshima
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T· K square kagoshima chuo
T· K square kagoshima chuo
3 out of 5
1-6-20 Take, Kagoshima, Kagoshima
The price is ¥7,727 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in Kagoshima, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Kagoshima Chuo Station Tourist Information Center and Amu Plaza Kagoshima. Kagoshima ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (60 reviews)
気軽に滞在できるアパートメント
"駅の裏側ですが、歩いてもすぐで、快適な滞在でした。すぐそばに温泉があって気軽に利用できたのも良かったです。 キッチンには、電子レンジと2口コンロ。小さいですが鍋とフライパンもあったので、簡単な調理はすることができました。"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

T· K square kagoshima chuo
GRAND BASE Kagoshima Chuo
GRAND BASE Kagoshima Chuo
3.5 out of 5
2-chome-12-25 Nishida, Kagoshima, Kagoshima
The price is ¥9,000 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Situated in Kagoshima, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Amuran Ferris Wheel and Amu Plaza Kagoshima. Kagoshima Citizens' Culture Hall is 2.4 mi (3.8 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (10 reviews)
"とても綺麗で過ごしやすいホテル"

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

GRAND BASE Kagoshima Chuo
Volcano
Volcano
2.5 out of 5
11-15 Kamihommachi, Kagoshima, Kagoshima
The price is ¥8,018 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Situated in Kagoshima, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Sakurajima Port Ferry Terminal and Kagoshima City Aquarium. Iso Beach and Kagoshima ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (31 reviews)
"Clean, simple and cozy style. The room size is big. Photo spot on the 5th floor has a great view. Location is good. There are a only few restaurants around the apartment but 1 minute to a Family mart convenience store and 2-3 minutes to Kagoshima station and a tram stop. The tram goes to downtown ..."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Volcano
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