The 10 Best Things to Do in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

December 17, 2017 Etsuko Causey

Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan, from Asia region, is best know for Canyons. Discover best things to do in Kagoshima Prefecture with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!

1. Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

Miyanoura, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho 891-4200, Kagoshima Prefecture
Excellent
77%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 596 reviews

Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley

Reviewed By 岩 強 - Kyoto, Japan

High up in the Mountains with spectacular Waterfalls and trees. The road is narrow and single lane near the gorge so best to take it slow if driving and keep an eye out for wandering monkeys. Also bring wet weather gear as Yakushima is the wettest part of Japan and Shirataka is above 700 metres.

2. Chiran Peace Museum

17881 Chirancho Kori, Minamikyushu 897-0302, Kagoshima Prefecture +81 993-83-2525
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 561 reviews

Chiran Peace Museum

Reviewed By tes108 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

The faces of the young pilots are haunting as are the scraps of things they left behind. It is a shame there was not more information available in other languages. We kill the young people of every conflict in awful ways (think of the trenches in WWI). The most poignant part of the museum to me is the recreation of the dormitory where these young men lived.

3. Mangrove Forested Area

Ishihara, Sumiyo-cho, Amami 894-1292, Kagoshima Prefecture
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 175 reviews

Mangrove Forested Area

Reviewed By Atsuko K - Tokyo, Japan

Due to short staying, we decided to choose this mangrove tour to end our try of Amami and ended up the worth try!
It was great experience of learning from the expert(sorry forgot his name is,,,) who has been guiding this mangrove inhabitant for decades; the geographical fact of in-habitation of mangrove, types of mangroves, other habitats such as unique insects and creatures, moreover , we had chance to touch and feel the creatures one by one!
Very good for all, family, friends, and even solo traveler!

4. Sengan-en Garden

9700-1 Yoshinocho, Kagoshima 892-0871, Kagoshima Prefecture +81 99-247-1551
Excellent
46%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 897 reviews

Sengan-en Garden

Sengan-en is a traditional Japanese garden and stately home that has been passed down in the Shimadzu family for over 350 years. The garden boasts spectacular views of active volcano Sakurajima, and the house provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of a powerful feudal lord. Sengan-en and the surrounding area was fundamentally important in the modernization of Japan. It was here that Western industrial technology was introduced to Japan, studied and used in the creation of modern factories. Shoko Shuseikan is a museum set in a 150 year old stone building originally used as a machine factory. Learn about the 700 year history and culture of the Shimadzu family, and the first steps towards the industrialization of Japan. In July, 2015 Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan were recognized as World Cultural Heritage Sites related to Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution.

Reviewed By Mon55 - Brisbane, Australia

The Gardens are well worth taking your time and exploring all the walkways. There is a Terrace with a great view of Sakurajima. There are lots of gift shops and cafes when you first enter but leave them till later and explore the well set out Gardens. If a ship is in port then it can be quite crowded.

5. Mt. Kaimondake

Kaimon Kawashiri, Ibusuki 891-0602, Kagoshima Prefecture
Excellent
51%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 306 reviews

Mt. Kaimondake

Reviewed By DGNichols

Not a technically challenging walk, but tough in places. In good weather this is an excellent morning hike giving spectacular views. Three hours up, tough in places, some rope climbs. Walkers with knee issues would do well to exercise caution coming down the mountain, as the scree can be very loose.
Expect to spend 5 hours without being strenuous.

6. Kareigawa Station

2176 Hayatochokareigawa, Kirishima 899-5113, Kagoshima Prefecture +81 50-3786-1717
Excellent
34%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
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4 based on 197 reviews

Kareigawa Station

Reviewed By GGHolliday - Hong Kong, China

We made a visit to Kareigawa Station by taking Express JR train ‘Hayato-no-Kaze’, running only twice a day. This wooden station was a heritage from 1903.The train had a 5 minute brief stop here allowing passengers to rush off for photo shooting. Antique remnants were displayed inside the station. Bento made with local harvest would be available for sale on weekend if you could catch it. Remember to get back the train on time, or you would become part of the tourist scene in this historical architecture. During the train ride, explosive Sakurajima emitting grey cloud of volcano ashes into sky could be well seen in good weather.

7. Tanegashima Space Center

Asatsuaza, kikunaga,, Kumage-gun Minamitane-cho 891-3793, Kagoshima Prefecture +81 997-26-2111
Excellent
58%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Tanegashima Space Center

Reviewed By RozaLui - Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

The museum and tour is all very interesting (and free) but the best thing about the Space Center is, obviously, the rocket launches.
They are awe-inspiring. You can watch them from Hase Park, Masuda, or - my personal favorite - a small parking lot near Ebi no Yu.

8. Kakeroma Island

Oshima-gun Setouchi-cho, Kagoshima Prefecture
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 93 reviews

Kakeroma Island

Reviewed By YokohamaGeezer - Yokohama, Japan

Beautiful. Relaxing. A couple of good places to stay. Drive around the island one day. Snorkel, canoe, dive, chill out. 3000 yen o/w for a car on the ferry. Lovely place to relax. Give it a try if you're on Amamioshima for a while. It makes a perfect change of pace. End of October weather was perfect for us. Most things close up from November for the winter though.

Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho, Kagoshima Prefecture
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 137 reviews

Taikoiwa

Reviewed By Pengapa

We climbed up to Taikoiwa early morning and luckily the weather was very nice and we had a great view. As there was nobody else, we had a second breakfast to re-energise ourselves for a big walk (we were walking to Jomonsugi from Shiratani Unsuikyo). This place is a must when the weather is nice and the visibility is good.

10. Tomori Beach

Tomori, Kasari-cho, Amami 894-0501, Kagoshima Prefecture
Excellent
52%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 151 reviews

Tomori Beach

Reviewed By yuval_adler - Japan

This beach is unique for its clean white sand. We swam and snorkeled.
From the airport go north on road 58 towards Cape Ayamaru. Tomori beach (sometime pronounced Domori beach) is slightly before the cape. Be aware that there are no facilities except toilets so you should bring your own shade, water and food. But the beach is one of the best in the island.

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