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Kagoshima is the capital city of Kagoshima Prefecture at the southwest tip of the Kyushu island of Japan. It has been nicknamed the 'Naples of Japan', for its bay location (Aira Caldera), hot climate and impressive stratovolcano, Sakurajima.
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Kagoshima City and Sakurajima volcano in the background (Picture by Takobou)
KAGOSHIMA MAP - KAGOSHIMA
KAGOSHIMA PREFECTURE CAPITAL
Kagoshima, on the south western tip of Kyushu, is frequently referred to as the "Naples of Japan", as it features a semi tropical climate, a bay side location and is dominated by a massive volcano, Sakurajima. Kagoshima City is the capital of Kagoshima Prefecture. Kagoshima attractions include the ruins of Kagoshima Castle, also known as Tsurumarujo Castle, Kagoshima Aquarium, Museum of Meiji Restoration, Senganen Japanese garden and Siroyama Observatory.
Kagoshima Castle, also known as Tsurumarujo Castle, was a flatland Japanese Castle in Kagoshima Kagoshima Prefecture. Kagoshima Castle was completed in 1601 by Shimazu Iehisa, shortly after his father, Shimazu Yoshihiro, had been defeated at the Battle of Sekigahara by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1600. Kagoshima Castle was a small and not very well built castle, even though Shimazu was one of the wealthy daimyo in Japan at the time. Only the moat and stone walls remain from the original castle.
KAGOSHIMA GARDENS and PARKS
Ishibashi Park, in Hamacho Kagoshima, features three of the original five historic stone bridges which crossed the Kotsuki River. Two of the bridges were destroyed by a flood in 1993. The remaining three were then moved to Ishibashi Park and restored. The bridges were then opened to the public in 2000.
Sakurajima is an acitve volcano across Kagoshima Bay from Kagoshima city. Sakurajima still deposits large amounts of volcanic ash on the surrounding area, but the last major eruption was in 1914 when a lava flow joined what had been an island to the Osumi Peninsula.
KAGOSHIMA AMUSEMENT PARKS
Amuran is a 60m diameter Ferris wheel on top of the Amu Plaza Kagoshima and is one of the major attractions in Kagoshima. At its highest point, Amuran is 91m above the ground and provides excellent views of Kagoshima and the active volcano, Sakurajima, across Kagoshima Bay. Amuran features 36 complete transparent gondolas and take just under 15 minutes to complete a revolution.
KAGOSHIMA TRAIN STATIONS
Kagoshima Chuo Station, which literially means Kagoshima Central Station, is the main train station in Kagoshima city. Operated by the Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu), Kagoshima Chuo Station is served by the Kyushu Shinkansen, which connects Kagoshima to Fukuoka (Hakata Station) via Kumamoto. Kagoshima Chuo Station is the terminus for this Shinkansen line. Kagoshima Chuo Station is also served by the Kagoshima Main Line and the Ibusuki-Makurazaki Line. Kagoshima Chuo Station is next to the Amu Plaza Kagoshima.
KAGOSHIMA SURROUNDING ATTRACTIONS