I think it's safe enough to say that Sakurajima is the no. 1 attraction in Kagoshima and suffice it to say that the 15-min ferry ride from the Sakurajima Ferry Terminal remains one of my highlights of my 7-month stay in Japan. It's awesome to witness its majesty from a distance and even more so when I edged closer and closer to the island.I didn't...more
The Chiran Peace Museum is dedicated to the 1036 kamikaze pilots who sacrificed their lives by flying their bomb-laden planes into American ships. As such, this is not a visit for the faint-hearted but if you are curious to understand the frame of mind of these Japanese who knew that they did not have much longer to live, I would say this is a...more
I feel how much you get out of this museum depends on how knowledgeable you already are on art. The main gallery showcased one or two definitive works from the major art styles, including neo-classicalism, cubism and surrealism but because I'm a greenhorn when it comes to art, having all these art works gathered together at one gallery feels like a...more
Not the most comprehensive of museums, which means that this isn't exactly a must-go. Still, if you are seeking a place to allow your children to burn off some pent-up energy, this museum may be a good choice, especially if you have read aloud "Alice in Wonderland" to your children. The 3rd floor is replete with lively and colourful wall paintings...more
No visit to Kagoshima would be complete if one missed out on a side trip to Ibusuki which consists of Saraku, the one and only natural sand bath in the world. How would it feel like to be covered by warm sand all over my body, except for my head? Well, I can't quite imagine the sensation and hence, was determined to experience it for myself.Upon...more
it's a clean and simple place to stay, internet access free and they have non-smoking rooms!...more
553 Haginoue, Mugio, Yakushima-cho, Kagoshima Prefecture, 891-4402, Japan
Good for: Couples
5-3 Kinseicho, Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, 892-0828, Japan
Good for: Solo
I come from Singapore and we enjoy our shaved ice with a good dose of condensed milk. But I found Shirokuma to be too sweet for my liking. Also, I feel that the taste of some fruits doesn't gel well with the shaved ice but hey, my Japanese friends find it weird that Singaporeans eat our shaved ice together with sweet corn. So, perhaps it's just a...more
The reataurant is modern with Western tables and chairs. It is always full so it is good to reserve beforehand. The maitre d' lends class but the place isn't that grand. It is full of locals so you feel like you are really experiencing the community. Tonkatsu! Breading so light yet tasty. Pork so tender it melts in your mouth (no kidding!) If it...more
If you visit kagoshima , you can enjoy Kagoshima's local delisious food & drink.For example , Kagoshima's black pig, beef Satsuma Shamo (chicken), Kibinago (Kagoshima's fish), Satsuma's vodka (made from Satsuma potato).you can't use card. Japanese typcal food ,Syabusyabu (boiled meat and vegitable) ,Kagoshima's local dishes.more
Didn't see any Pachinko here (Japanese style pinball machines) but these are pretty fun for a change... You should really try Pachinko when in Tokyo or Osaka, great for venting your frustrations! Now, you know... ;-)
It only takes 2 hours and 10 minutes to get to Kagoshima from Fukuoka. The Tsubame Shinkansen takes you to Shin-Yatsushiro in 35 minutes where you connect to the Relay Tsubame Limited Express for the remaining 1 hours 35 minutes to Fukuoka. Great value if you have the JR Kyushu Pass.more
There are ferry services to and from Kagoshima to various cities in Japan. I haven't used any of these services but I did some research on them after another VT'er asked me for information. Here is what I found out: Okinawa via Amami Oshima Islands Ferry Akebono. Naminoue Ferry Queen CoralAbout 24 hours / 1 ferry daily7800~13200 YenKagoshima Shin...more
Kagoshima has it's own airport with regular flights from major Japanese cities. The best way to get to the city from the airport is to take an Airport Limousine Bus. Which leaves the airport every 10 minutes between 5am - 9pm. One way adult ticket costs 1200 Yen.I was already in Kyushu and so took the train from Fukuoka Prefecture down.In Kyushu...more
Tenmonkan is a covered shopping arcade in downtown Kagoshima. It is southern Kyushu's most bustling shopping and dining district.
What to buy: Local Japanese design clothes for men and women. Note that the clothes are Japanese size and suitable only for Asians. There are also cafes and restaurants where you can sit down for tea and watch the world go by.
What to pay: Prices vary
Japanese language is one of the most complicated! Three types of characters. Anyway, here's some useful phrases to keep in mind in case you need help.IN AN EMERGENCY:Help! Tas'kete! Stop! Tomete! Fire! Kaji! Call the police Keisatsu o yonde kudasai! Useful Phrases:Yes Hai No Ie Thank you Arigato gozaimasu Please Dozo Sorry Sumimasen Excuse Me...more
Hakata Dolls are renowned worldwide for their exotic coloring & design. These hand made & hand painted clay dolls originated from Fukuoka prefecture are designated as traditional native art by the government. The origin of these dolls dates back to 1600, when Sosici Masaki an official slate maker for the Lord of Fukuoka, offered a doll to the...more
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JAPAN GUIDEBOOK IN ENGLISH
I loved Sakurajima but unfortunately we decided to take a guided tour because of time constraints. The tours however are only in Japanese and the woman (guide) wouldn't stop talking the whole time!!!
It was kind of annoying but quite convenient as the bus takes you to all the places on Sakurajima that you would want to see... and a little bit more that maybe you wouldn't have seen otherwise. Decide for yourself!
Luggage and bags:
If you plan on doing a lot of train travel when you are in Japan then I suggest that you decline from bringing large, heavy suitcases. Most train stations in Japan have huge staircases (often no lift) so lugging a big suitcase is not an easy task. I suggest a good backpack would be a good choice.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rainy Season is around June/July and rain weather gear is essential. I just use an umbrella but there have been times that I have got completely soaked!! I can't buy shoes in Japan so I have had to think carefully before I came about what kind of footwear to buy.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most things you will need can be purcahsed here. I don't recommend going to a hospital in Japan unless you really need to. In most cases the pharmacist will be able to help you if you tell them what is wrong and what kind of medicine you are looking for (a phrase book will have this in it).
6 Reviews and Opinions
This onsen hotel is located on the eastern side of Sakurajima. It is possible to stay in the hotel but my friend and I decided to soak up the volcanic minerals in the water one afternoon. The onsen cost about 800 yen from memory and was a unisex onsen. However... every guest was provided with a white robe which was worn in the spa.The bath location...more