Island Hopping and Dolphin Spotting in Japan’s Preeminent Resort Spot
A stunning array of natural delights and mellow coastal vibes await in Kagoshima Prefecture at the expansive resort-rich southern tip of Kyushu Island.
Known as the “Naples of the East” with its subtropical climes, stunning coastline and bountiful mountains, including the iconic and perpetually smoking Sakurajima volcano, Kagoshima Prefecture is a resplendent resort spot and more bursting with bubbling onsens and phenomenal natural scenery stretching southbound and comprising 30 incomparably gorgeous islets. Island-hoppers can zip by jet-foil to Yakushima Island, one of Japan’s first listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites and be greeted by enhancing cedar forests and charming sandy beaches where loggerhead turtles come to nest. A drive along the coast of Kagoshima Bay, along with more onsens than you can shake a stick at, offers great vantage points to spot bottlenose dolphins in their natural environment. Or, for 1,500 yen, you can watch then jump through hoops and eat dead fish at Kagoshima City Aquarium.
Places to visit in Kagoshima
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Ibusuki Natural Sand Bath Center Saraku
Saraku is a special sand bath on the coast of Ibusuki in Kagoshima, Kyushu.
Mount Kaimon, also called Kaimondake in Japanese, is a volcanic mountain located in the Ibusuki volcanic region.
Jomonsugi Pine Tree
The Jomonsugi of Yakushima, is a giant cedar tree estimated to be anywhere from 2000 to 7000 years old.
This subtropical island off the southern coast of Kyushu contains a national park and Natural World Heritage Site cedar forest with some trees more than 1000 years old. The oldest tree is thought to be over 7000 years old.
At an altitude of 373 meters, the Yunohira Observatory provides visitors with the closest permitted views of the Sakurajima volcanic crater.
Sengan-en Garden (UNESCO)
Sengan-en is a traditional Japanese garden and home, passed down in the Shimadzu family for over 350 years. In July, 2015 Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan were designated as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites related to Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution.
Located in the central areas of Kagoshima City, Nanshukan is a 5-minute walk from both the Asahidori and Izurodori Tram Stations. Free wired internet access and a satellite TV are included in each room. Guests can request massages
Hotel Lexton Kagoshima
A 5-minute walk from Takami Baba Tram Station, Hotel Lexton Kagoshima offers accommodation with free WiFi access and a flat-screen cable TV.
Toyoko Inn Kagoshima Temmonkan No.1
Featuring chargeable massages and a launderette, Toyoko Inn Kagoshima Tenmonkan No.1 offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, a minute’s walk from the Takamibaba Streetcar stop. It provides free-use lobby computers.
Hotel Hokke Club Kagoshima
Hotel Hokke Club is right next to Takamibaba Tram Station and offers modern rooms with free WiFi, an LCD satellite TV and a private bath. It features a hot public bath and a buffet restaurant.
Dormy Inn Kagoshima
Dormy Inn Kagoshima offers modern accommodations with free wired internet access. Indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths are available for freshening up after a long day and massages can be requested for an extra cost.
Tanegashima Araki Hotel
Located by the sea and just a 5-minute walk from Nishino-omote Port on the island, Tanegashima Araki Hotel offers great views and the beer garden during summer. Free Wi-Fi and bicycle rentals are available.
Toyoko Inn Kagoshima Chuo-eki Higashi-guchi
Featuring chargeable massages, a launderette and rooms with free Wi-Fi, Toyoko Inn is a 3-minute walk from JR Kagoshima Chuo Station’s east exit. It offers free-use lobby computers.