Lush and tropical, Kagoshima Prefecture inhabits the southernmost part of Kyushu and includes a string of islands stretching to Taiwan. The most famous of these is Yakushima Island, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. History buffs can visit more than 30 known ruins from the Jomon Period (approximately 9,500 years ago) as well as many more recent industrial heritage sites that played a key role in the modernisation of Japan. For foodie-travelers, Kagoshima is a paradise. Visitors can enjoy an endless list of amazing local dishes. Be sure to try the kurobuta pork, shochu liquor and satsuma-age (fried fish cakes). When you are ready for dessert, it's time for the “Shirokuma” (shaved ice covered with fruit toppings). Finally, to relax and unwind after seeing the sites and savouring the food, you can try the thermal black sand spas and the natural onsen (hot springs). After all, Kagoshima has the 2nd highest number of onsen in all of Japan making it a must-go for anyone who loves a little pampering.