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Kagoshima, Japan

Known as the Naples of the Eastern World, Kagoshima offers bayside views and a stunning backdrop of Sakurajima, one of Japan's most active volcanoes. The city has many interesting sites including a famous Japanese-style garden.

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Kagoshima, Japan

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Sakurajima
Dominating the skyline of Kagoshima, Sakurajima is one of Japan's most active volcanoes and the symbol of the city. It smokes constantly, and minor eruptions take place frequently (thousands of small explosions each year). Sakurajima's most recent major eruption occurred in 1960. Dust-fall can bring out umbrellas in Kagoshima the way rainfall does in other parts of the world.

A short walk from the ferry terminal is Nagisa Park, a coastal park with volcanic stones for those here for a quick visit. But if you have more time, you can take a bus tour to see Sakurajima's more distant and more spectacular lava fields created by past eruptions. There are several good lookout points to experience this wonder in all its glory.

Get a Taste of Local Flavor

While in Kagoshima, be sure to try its local dishes, known as Satsuma cooking. This style of cooking supposedly has its origins in food cooked on battlefields centuries ago. Popular Satsuma specialties include tonkotsu (pork ribs seasoned with miso, black sugar and boiled to the point of falling apart), Satsuma-jiru (miso soup with chicken and locally grown vegetables) and Satsuma-age (a fried fish sausage). Kibinago is a small fish caught in the waters around Kagoshima, it's often eaten raw and arranged on a dish to resemble a chrysanthemum.

The most famous cake of Kagoshima is karukan, a delicious spongy white cake made from rice, with Chinese and Korean origins. Japanese tourists never leave for home without some.

Shopping for Bargains

atsuma specialties include the ningyo (a Japanese doll), cards printed with ink made with volcanic ash and Satsuma kiriki, which is fine-cut glass. Other local products include beautiful silk made into clothing, handbags, and wallets. But probably Kagoshima's most famous product is its Satsuma pottery. This pottery has been produced in the Kagoshima area for more than 380 years and comes in two styles: black and white. White Satsuma pottery is more elegant and was used by the upper class; the black pottery was used by the townspeople in everyday life.

Local Currency

The currency in Japan is called the yen, symbolized by „. Coins come in denominations of „1, „5, „10, „50, „100, and „500. Bills come in denominations of „1,000, „2,000, „5,000, and „10,000.

Weather in Kagoshima, Japan

Month:

Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 55° 12.78°
Average Low 39° 3.89°
Mean Temperature N/A N/A
Record High N/A N/A
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Precipitation Inches Centimeters
Average Precip. 3.13 in 7.95 cm

    Before You Visit

    Known as the Naples of the Eastern World, Kagoshima offers bayside views and a stunning backdrop of Sakurajima, one of Japan's most active volcanoes. The city has many interesting sites including a famous Japanese-style garden.

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