15 days in Kagoshima Prefecture Itinerary

15 days in Kagoshima Prefecture Itinerary

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sora Stage and Kirishima Distillery. Get out of town with these interesting Kagoshima side-trips: Kirishima (Kirishima Shrine, Kagoshima Jingu Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Sengan-en, admire the natural beauty at Kagoshima Kenritsu Yoshino Park, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kagoshima City Aquarium, and pause for some photo ops at Saigo Takamori Statue.

Before you visit Kagoshima, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Manchester, UK to Kagoshima is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Kagoshima is 9 hours. While traveling from Manchester, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kagoshima, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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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 16th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Ikeda, stroll around Sebira Park, steep yourself in history at Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, learn about all things military at Chiran Peace Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Chiran Heiwa Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Tokoshieni, Tokkoyushi Statue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Fushime Coast, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kaimondake, take some stellar pictures from Cape Nagasakibana, cruise along JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and finally examine the collection at Satsuma Denshokan.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ibusuki trip planner.

Getting from Kagoshima to Ibusuki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kagoshima in February since evenings lows in Ibusuki dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Amami.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

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Set on the island of Amami Oshima, the city of Amami serves as an oasis for tourists.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tanaka Isson Museum and The Place You Can See Two Different Oceans. Change things up with these side-trips from Amami: Arangachi Waterfall (in Uken-son), Kurasaki Beach (in Tatsugo-cho) and Setouchi-cho (Osai no Gajumaru, Kakeroma Island, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Amami Wildlife Center, kick back and relax at Kuninao Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Miyakozaki, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sakibaru Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Amami online trip maker.

You can drive from Ibusuki to Amami in 14.5 hours. Traveling from Ibusuki in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Amami: highs are around 20°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yoron-cho.

Things to do in Amami

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

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Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Yoron Ethnic Village, explore the activities along Okaneku Coast, kick back and relax at Yurigahama, take in nature's colorful creations at Yoron Seaside Garden, then kick back and relax at Terasaki Beach, and finally make a trip to Wreck Amami. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Yoroneki, kick back and relax at Paradise Beach, stop by Aoi Sangosyo, then make a trip to Underwater Palace, then enjoy the sand and surf at Udonosu Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Shinaha Beach.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yoron-cho trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Amami to Yoron-cho in 9 hours. In February in Yoron-cho, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yoron-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Kagoshima Prefecture travel guide

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.