7 days in Kagoshima Prefecture Itinerary

7 days in Kagoshima Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kagoshima Prefecture travel planner

Make it your trip
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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ibusuki
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Yakushima-cho
— 1 night
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Kagoshima

— 3 nights

Naples of the East

Kagoshima sits across the bay from Sakurajima, an active volcano that serves as a symbol of the city and works its way into many aspects of life here.
Sakurajima has been added to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kirishima Shrine and Sengan-en. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kagoshima: Kirishima (Kareigawa Station, Thermal Spas, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Mt. Shiroyama, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kagoshima City Aquarium, and make a trip to Kagoshima Chuo Station.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kagoshima travel itinerary planner.

Tokyo to Kagoshima is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or take a train; or drive. In March in Kagoshima, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 25:

Ibusuki

— 2 nights
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for gifts at Kaimon Ichiba Kyutaro, cruise along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirakiki Shrine, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fushime Coast, and finally make a trip to Cape Nagasakibana. On your second day here, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Ikeda, then brush up on your military savvy at Chiran Peace Museum, then don't miss a visit to Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, and finally steep yourself in history at Former Takaki Family Residence.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ibusuki trip website.

Getting from Kagoshima to Ibusuki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Kagoshima in March, Ibusuki is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 27:

Yakushima-cho

— 1 night
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Yakusugi Land.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Yakushima-cho trip planning site.

Getting from Ibusuki to Yakushima-cho by ferry takes about 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ibusuki in March: highs in Yakushima-cho hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Kagoshima Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Volcanos
Kagoshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kagoshima.HistoryKagoshima Prefecture corresponds to the ancient Japanese provinces Ōsumi and Satsuma, including the northern part of the Ryukyu Islands. This region played a key role in the Meiji Restoration (Saigō Takamori), and the city of Kagoshima was an important naval base during Japan's 20th century wars and the home of admiral Tōgō Heihachirō. More recent incidents are the sinking of a North Korean spy ship (100 ton class) in 2001 by the Coast Guard, which was later salvaged and exhibited in Tokyo, and the abduction of an office clerk from a Kagoshima beach in 1978 by agents from the same country. This became known only recently under the Koizumi administration.GeographyKagoshima Prefecture is located at the southwest tip of Kyushu on the Satsuma Peninsula and Ōsumi Peninsula. This prefecture also includes a chain of islands stretching further to the southwest of Kyushu for a few hundred kilometers. The most important group is the Amami Islands. Surrounded by the East China Sea to the west, Okinawa Prefecture in the south, Kumamoto Prefecture to the north, and Miyazaki Prefecture to the east, it has 2,632 km of coastline (including the 28 islands). It has a bay called Kagoshima Bay (Kinkowan), which is sandwiched by two peninsulas, Satsuma and Ōsumi. Its position made it a 'gateway' to Japan at various times in history. While Kyushu has about 13 million people, there are less than 2 million in this prefecture.

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