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.
Unagi no Sueyoshi
Established over 80 years ago, Sueyoshi is one of the most respected unagi restaurants in Kagoshima serving roasted eel.
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 Taisei Annex
A 5-minute walk from JR Kagoshima-Chuo Train Station, Hotel Taisei Annex offers massages, a Japanese-style pub and a restaurant serving local dishes. The simply furnished rooms include free wired internet access.
Minshuku Michiyasou offers accommodation in Kirishima. Free private parking is available on site. Each room includes a TV. Kirishima Onsen is 1.1 km from Minshuku Michiyasou, while Ebino Plateau is 7 km from the property.
Kagoshima Washington Hotel Plaza
A 3-minute walk from downtown area Tenmonkan, Kagoshima Washington Hotel Plaza features 3 restaurants that overlook the city skyline. The property has a launderette.
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.
Richmond Hotel Kagoshima Tenmonkan
A 5-minute walk from shopping area Tenmonkan, Richmond Hotel Kagoshima Tenmonkan offers modern rooms with free Wi-Fi, a launderette and a restaurant. Facilities include an internet PC and laptop rentals, while drinks vending machi
Hotel Shiroyama Kagoshima
Featuring an open-air natural hot spring bath overlooking Sakurajima Volcano and the sea, Hotel Shiroyama Kagoshima offers a spa centre, 7 dining options and a concierge. Rooms have free wired internet.