7 days in Kagoshima Prefecture Itinerary

7 days in Kagoshima Prefecture Itinerary

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Kagoshima
— 3 nights
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Mt. Shiroyama and Iso Beach. Get some cultural insight at Kirishima Shrine and Sengan-en. Change things up with these side-trips from Kagoshima: Kirishima (Kareigawa Station, Thermal Spas, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Meiji Restoration, don't miss a visit to Kagoshima Chuo Station, meet the residents at Kagoshima City Aquarium, and explore the world behind art at Nagashima Museum.

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Tokyo to Kagoshima is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirakiki Shrine, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fushime Coast, and finally take some stellar pictures from Cape Nagasakibana. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the activities along Lake Ikeda, learn about all things military 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.

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You can drive from Kagoshima to Ibusuki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a train. Traveling from Kagoshima in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ibusuki, with lows around 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.

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Ride a ferry from Ibusuki to Yakushima-cho in 3 hours. While traveling from Ibusuki, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Yakushima-cho, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 28:
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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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