16 days in Kagoshima Prefecture Itinerary

16 days in Kagoshima Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kagoshima Prefecture vacation planner

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

— 1 night
Set on the island of Amami Oshima, the city of Amami serves as an oasis for tourists.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): look for gifts at Amami Oshima Tsumugimura, stroll around Cape Ayamaru Kanko Park, kick back and relax at Tomori Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sakibaru Beach, and finally take some stellar pictures from The Place You Can See Two Different Oceans. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Amami Marine Exhibition Hall, stroll around Ohama Seaside Park, relax and rejuvenate at Thalasso AMAMI no RYUGU, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kurasaki Beach, and finally get in on the family fun at Kagoshima Prefectural Amami Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Amami day trip site.

Tokyo to Amami is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Tokyo in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Amami: highs are around 22°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Setouchi-cho.

Things to do in Amami

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

Setouchi-cho

— 3 nights
Visit Honohoshi Beach and Tokuhama Beach for some beach relaxation. Bring the kids along to Yadon Beach and Shodon Nagahama Park. Step out of Setouchi-cho with an excursion to Taen Beach in Uken-son--about 48 minutes away.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Setouchi-cho road trip website.

Drive from Amami to Setouchi-cho in 2.5 hours. In December in Setouchi-cho, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yoron-cho.

Things to do in Setouchi-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Yoron-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stroll through Fubama, enjoy the sand and surf at Paradise Beach, stop by Aoi Sangosyo, take in the pleasant sights at Shinaha Beach, then kick back and relax at Udonosu Beach, and finally make a trip to Underwater Palace. On the next day, kick back and relax at Yurigahama, kick back and relax at Okaneku Coast, and then kick back and relax at Terasaki Beach.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Yoron-cho road trip app.

Traveling by car from Setouchi-cho to Yoron-cho takes 9 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kagoshima.

Things to do in Yoron-cho

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Kagoshima

— 4 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.
Do your shopping at Amu Plaza Kagoshima and Yamakataya Kagoshima. Escape the urban bustle at Sakurajima and Maruo Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kagoshima: Kirishima (Onsen Resorts, Kagoshima Jingu Shrine, &more). There's still lots to do: go for a walk through Sengan-en, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kagoshima City Aquarium, make a trip to Tenmonkan, and enjoy breathtaking views from Yunohira Lookout.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kagoshima trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Yoron-cho to Kagoshima by car takes about 22 hours. Traveling from Yoron-cho in December, expect nights in Kagoshima to be much colder, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ibusuki.

Things to do in Kagoshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:

Ibusuki

— 2 nights
A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Chiran Peace Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kaimondake, then make a trip to Cape Nagasakibana, then enjoy the sand and surf at Fushime Coast, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Michi-no-Eki Iokaido, take in nature's colorful creations at Flower Park Kagoshima, then make a trip to JR Southernmost Nishioyama Station, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryugu Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Chiran Samurai Residence Garden.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ibusuki holiday maker tool.

Drive from Kagoshima to Ibusuki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ibusuki when traveling from Kagoshima in December, with lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Ibusuki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Yakushima-cho

— 3 nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Nagata Inakahama and Seibu Trail will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Tachudake. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Isso Beach, don't miss a visit to Taikoiwa, delve into the lush surroundings at Shakunagenomori Park, and soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Yakushima-cho trip site.

Getting from Ibusuki to Yakushima-cho by ferry takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Ibusuki in December, you will find days in Yakushima-cho are somewhat warmer (18°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

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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