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Kagoshima

Sunny climate set to a Sakurajima backdrop

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Kagoshima Ramen Championship

Kagoshima Ramen Championship

Late Feb

The Kagoshima Ramen Festival involves various ramen chefs battling it out to be awarded the title of the prefecture's best ramen...

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Dormy Inn Kagoshima

Dormy Inn Kagoshima

Maren Pauli

Stay at Dormy Inn Kagoshima and enjoy a great location close to the main station and with easy access to the ferry terminal!

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Chisun Inn Kagoshima

Chisun Inn Kagoshima

Peter Sidell

In Kagoshima city on Japan's Kyushu island, Chisun Inn is a good value, well located business hotel, within easy reach of transportation,..

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Akune Oshima

Akune Oshima

Christopher Lawson

Akune Oshima is a sandy, emerald-green island jewel off the coast of Kagoshima. Perfect for for marine activities, deer spotting..

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About Kagoshima

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kyushu
Island Kyushu
Capital Kagoshima
Population 1,706,242
Area 9,188.10 sq. km

If you love history, Kagoshima Prefecture (鹿児島県, Kagoshima-ken) is the place to go. Christianity was first introduced to Japan in Kagoshima by Francis Xavier, and Western technology entered Japan at Tanegashima in the form of muskets. But perhaps most notably, the powerful Satsuma Domain, which ushered in the Meiji Restoration, was located in Kagoshima; not surprisingly, the leader of the Satsuma Rebellion, the revered Saigo Takamori, was born there as well. Kagoshima also houses the somber Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots.

History aside, the southernmost prefecture of Japan (excluding Okinawa) is famous for Yakushima Island, a World Heritage Site; the island is noted for its majestic Yakusugi trees and is an excellent hiking location. The great volcano of Sakurajima, one of the most active in the world, towers over the city.

Some of Japan’s best sake is brewed in Kagoshima from their Satsuma sweet potatoes. 

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