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Kagoshima

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.

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Yakushima Island

This subtropical island off the southern coast of Kyushu contains a national park and Natural World Heritage Site cedar forest with some trees more...Read more

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Amami-Oshima Island

Amami-Oshima Island is situated south of the main Kagoshima Prefecture area, in the middle of the Amami Island chain. The island is blessed with th...Read more

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Hirauchi Kaichu Onsen

This is an outdoor coastal hot spring in Kagoshima. (mixed gender)Read more

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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 Shuse...Read more

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Riraku Ramen

Healthy ramen featuring locally grown vegetables and raised pork, wholewheat noodles and broth with no additives.Read more

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Kagoshima Castle

Kagoshima Castle, also known as Tsurumaru Castle, was built in 1602 by Shimazu Tadatsune.Read more

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Mount Kaimon

Mount Kaimon, also called Kaimondake in Japanese, is a volcanic mountain located in the Ibusuki volcanic region.Read more

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