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Welcome to the “Naples of the East!” Kagoshima Prefecture is located at the southernmost point of Kyushu and home to the great volcanoes of Mt Kirishima and Mt Sakurajima. A steady trickle of smoke and ash emerges from Sakurajima’s caldera, punctuated by louder mini-eruptions on an almost daily basis. Kagoshima 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. With its warm climate, coastal location, and varied geography, Kagoshima offers scenic views, outdoor sports, and gourmet food and drink, attracting millions of people each year.

Destinations

Kagoshima is surrounded by great volcanoes, and as a result, it has several fantastic onsen towns ranging from traditional baths to beachside sand baths in the shadow of Sakurajima. Island life is a huge part of Kagoshima Prefecture, and any visitor should consider spending as much time as possible off the mainland.

Kagoshima City

The prefectural capital often compared to Naples due to mild climate and palm tree lined streets

Amami Oshima

Subtropical island between Okinawa and Kagoshima

Yakushima

The inspiration for Ghibli's movie Princess Mononoke

Kirishima

An active volcanic mountain range popular for hiking

Satsuma Peninsula

Rural peninsula with hot springs, cultural sites and natural attractions

Sakurajima

The symbol of Kagoshima; one of Japan's most active volcanoes

We arrange a wide array of meal choices for you, from Japanese traditional set meals, all you can eat, to local and seasonal specialties. Join us in exploring the taste of Japan!

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Different regions have their own traditional recipes and agricultural farming system. Many of the regional dishes can only be tasted in the original area they came from.

Satsumaage

Satsumaage is a fried fish cake made from surimi (a fish paste that is also used to make imitation crab meat). The type of fish used in the paste can vary but is often bonito, mackerel, or sardines. It’s said to be based on a traditional dish from the former Ryukyu Kingdom (modern-day Okinawa) that was introduced to the Satsuma region (modern-day Kagoshima). It’s typically eaten dipped in soy sauce or as an ingredient in dishes like oden.

Satsuma Shocu

Shochu is a clear, distilled liquor with an alcohol content of about 25%, that is popular across Japan, but especially in Kyushu. The shochu that is unique to Kagoshima is made from local sweet potatoes (Satsumaimo). In Kagoshima, Satsumo Shochu is served warm with water to draw out the aroma and flavor.

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Experience

Whether this is your first time visiting, or returning, make sure to participate in these unique activities, that cannot be done elsewhere!

Distillery Tour

Distillery Tour

Kagoshima’s food culture is always with fermentation. The warm climate gives the variation of the unique food culture; kurozu, Kagoshima miso, Daikon radish pickles, shochu, and especially whisky. There are 2 whisky distilleries in Kagoshima, "Mars Tsunuki Distillery" and "Kanosuke Distillery." The session lasts for 2-3 hours (Image by Viator).

Bento Workshop

With the help of your native host, you will get hands-on training from a professional chef. You'll learn how to cut and make food into animal shapes. Also, you'll learn the correct colors needed to make an eye-appealing obento. When the obento is finished you can take pictures for your SNS. You can eat the obento in the restaurant or take it with you to eat later (Image via Viator). 

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Recommended Hotels

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Dormy Inn Kagoshima

JR Kyushu Hotel Kagoshima

Kagoshima Tokyu REI Hotel

Art Hotel Kagoshima

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