Kagoshima is home to many natural wonders such as the island of Yakushima, volcanos such as Sakurajima, dense forests, abundant hot springs, as well as unique sightseeing destinations with a wide range of scenery and historical culture. For this reason, Kagoshima Prefecture is a popular tourist destination within Japan. Kagoshima is one of the birthplaces of ancient Japanese culture. In addition, it is the only prefecture in Japan that has cosmic rocket launching facilities that assemble the essence of modern science. The city of Kagoshima is located at the southernmost tip of the island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan. It is the home to famous hot springs and one of the few cities in the world that is directly adjacent to active volcanoes. The climate here is warm and humid, and winters are mild. There are many hotels in Kagoshima, assuring that the needs of all types of travelers are met.
It was quite late when the Kagoshima region was incorporated into the central government of Japan, yet the prefecture has a great influence on the country’s modern history. A long time ago, it was part of the Tsu Domain, which introduced advanced technologies of the western world and played a significant role in the success of the Meiji Restoration.
The Kirishima-Yaku National Park is located in the prefecture. In addition to volcanic areas such as Mount Kirishima and Sakurajima, the park also includes the outlying island - Yakushima, and the Nichinan Kaigan Quasi-National Park, which is famous for its natural souvenirs - the betel nut and other subtropical plants. Here, plants from the temperate zone to subtropics as well as natural resources are abundant, and there are as many natural parks in the county to prove that. The Koshikijima Islands, about 40 kilometers west of the Satsuma Peninsula, are also quite well-known for being the location where many lilies are grown. After the rainy season, the wild lilies dye the entire island in a pink hue.
The volcano known as Sakurajima is located on the other side of the city of Kagoshima. It is a small island with an active volcano on the sea. Throughout history, it has erupted over 30 times. In 1914, the largest eruption spread to the land of the Ōsumi Peninsula. Sakurajima can be reached by taking a 15-minute ferry ride from Kagoshima port.