Volcanic hot springs & Samurai houses

The dominant image on Kagoshima’s horizon is that of Sakurajima, the overactive volcano whose frequent dustings of ash bring out the umbrellas as if they were spring showers. The mountain also heats a number of geothermal springs, providing the unique opportunity to relax in a “sand bath” that will leave you feeling relaxed and energized.

For a rare taste of old Japan, visit Chiran and its street of seven meticulously preserved Samurai houses and their manicured gardens. These handsome residences exemplify Japanese aesthetic principles, which reflect simplicity, and a restrained and refined sense of beauty.

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Chiran Samurai Houses

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Chiran Samurai Houses

Chiran Samurai Houses

Located south of Kagoshima in the small town of Chiran, these beautifully preserved homes and gardens are cultural treasures, dating back to the Edo Periof of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Sakurajima Island

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Sakurajima Island

Sakurajima Island

The island, in Kagoshima Bay features Mount Sakurajima. This beautiful active volcano often billows a heavy plume of smoke, and lava flows have connected the island with the mainland. The Arimura Observatory offers an incredible vantage point.

Kagoshima Highlights

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Kagoshima Highlights

Kagoshima Highlights

Visit Sakurajima Island and visit Arimura Observatory to learn about the history of the active volcano. Sakurajima Island is also known for the Sakurajima Radish, the largest variety in the world, and the Sakurajima Mandarin, the smallest variety in the world. Explore Senganen Garden and Shoko Shuseikan Museum.

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Kagoshima, Japan At a glance

Current Weather:
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8°C / 46 °F
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Current Time:
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Local Details:
GPS: 31°35'47.59"N 130°33'25.62"E
Size: 547.00 KM2 (211.20 MI2)
Population: 605,000
Density: 1,106 Pop/KM2 (427 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +81

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