Kagoshima offers scenic views, outdoor sports and gourmet food and drink with its warm climate, coastal location and varied geography. Kagoshima city, Kyushu's southernmost major city and the capital of Kagoshima Prefecture, is often compared with its Italian sister city Naples due to a similarly mild climate, palm tree lined streets, relatively hot tempered inhabitants and Sakurajima, Kagoshima's Vesuvius.
Top Destinations in Kagoshima
Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine
The Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine on Yakushima island is a lush, green nature park containing a number of the island's ancient cedars. The ravine is a popular destination to see the forests without much strenuous hiking.The park offers a network of well maintained hiking trails that run along the ravine. You are free to wander around and choose your own route among the paths.
Sakurajima, the symbol of Kagoshima, is one of Japan's most active volcanoes. Sakurajima is the area's most prominent geographic feature, having an elevation of 1117 meters and a circumference of about 50 kilometers.For the majority of travelers, the volcano is still most easily accessed by the ferries that run the 3.5 kilometers between Kagoshima Port and the Sakurajima Ferry Terminal.
Kirishima’s majestic mountain range was designated as Japan’s first national park. The bases of those mountains are blessed with dynamic hot springs. The famous peaks of the Kirishima mountain range serve as an up-close reminder of volcanic forces. These peaks and the dynamic clear waters that flow between them transform with each of the four seasons, revealing a marvelous scenic beauty that is nothing short of moving.