Kagoshima Things to Do
Feel the power of the Earth. Kagoshima City is located only 4km away from one of the world’s most active volcanoes – Sakurajima which can erupt up to 1,000 times a year when active – the perfect mix of tranquillity and action.
From the misty peaks of the mountains in the north to the sandy shores and azure seas of the tropical islands in the south some 600km away, Kagoshima possesses a depth and variety of natural beauty not found anywhere else in Japan.
Kagoshima is also home to the 800-year-old Shimadzu Clan – instrumental in opening Japan up to the world in the late 1800s. This mix of cultural and natural wonders is the perfect melting pot for amazing travel experiences.
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Visit Sengan-en, the stately home and gardens of the Shimadzu clan. The Shimadzu ruled over the whole of the Kagoshima region for about 700 years. The family, now in their 33rd generation still own and operate the 360-year-old house and gardens. Sengan-en is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers 12 acres with peaceful ponds and streams, shrines, tea rooms, a bamboo grove, and a mountain hiking trail with a breathtaking panoramic view. The gardens offer the best view of active volcano Sakurajima in the whole of Kagoshima.
Take a tour of the Kagoshima Fish Market and get up close and personal with the produce and workers in a way simply not possible in the crowded market in Tokyo. Finish up with breakfast with the fishermen for some of the freshest sushi and sashimi you will ever taste.
Imagine embarking on an adventure into the majestic hills that span across miles in all directions. As you begin to walk along the winding trails, you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning volcanic crater lakes that sparkle beneath the sunshine. You’ll find yourself immersed in the raw mystical energy of nature, feeling a deep sense of connection with the earth and all of its natural beauty. As the mist descends over the surrounding mountains, you’ll feel a sense of stillness and wonder as you take in the breathtaking views that surround you. After your journey, you can take some time to reinvigorate and relax your tired muscles in the nearby hot springs. Let the warm soothing waters wash over you, as you bask in a sense of renewal and rejuvenation. Your journey to this spiritual volcanic region will leave you feeling restored, refreshed and at peace with the world around you.
Venture south to lose then find yourself among the ancient island forests and towering mountains of UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site Yakushima. Discover the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku (forest bathing). This primeval landscape inhabited by ancient cedars thousands of years old, sprightly deer, and inquisitive macaque monkeys is the best place to practice this uniquely Japanese mix of mindfulness and nature.