This is my first visit to Kagoshima (鹿児島) from Kumamoto (熊本). Visiting Kagoshima is one of the greatest fun in Japan. It is located in southern part of Kyushu Island and best known for Sakurajima (桜島), an active volcano.
If you are in Kumamoto and planning to visit Kagoshima for the same day tour. Then, here are all the tips you’ll need to know for your first visit to Kagoshima from Kumamoto.
How to get in : Public Transportation
There are Shinkansen (bullet train) and Bus from Kumamoto.
Kyushu Shinkansen runs several hours from Kumamoto Station. If you are planning to go by Shinkansen then you need to ride from Kumamoto Station and get off at Kagoshima-Chuo. The total distance is 170 km which takes not more than an hour. Talking about fares, it varies if you buy online or from ticket counter. So, please visit JR Kyushu Shinkansen
If you love to feel natural beauty while traveling then I personally recommend you to go by Bus. There is a bus i.e. Kirishima-go (きりしま号) which goes to Kagoshima from Kumamoto station, providing a 3 hours 30 minutes journey in the lap of nature.
Here is the time-table:
The Kirishima-go Bus depart from Kumamoto Sta. and goes via Kumamoto Kotsu Center. Here is a list of Kirishima-go Bus-stop. Please be careful (only Sanko Bus operator depart from “Seibusako & Kumamoto Sta.)
06:18 ⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Station (Platform #3)
06:30 ⇨ Depart from Kumamoto Kutsu CenterStation (Platform #25)
There is break time @ Ebino city for 10 mins. You can refresh, buy some sweets and explore the beauty of nature.
09:56 ⇨ Arrived @ Kagoshima Port (Platform #1)
Sightseeing Spot in Kagoshima :
There are various ways for enjoying Kagoshima. So, you must visit when you get chance to come in here. I visited the following wonderful spots.
The photo has been taken from Kagoshima Port. There is Sakurajima Ferry which connect Sakurajima and Kagoshima City. For more details about Sakurajima.
Caution: I personally feel DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS because Sakurajima is essentially an active volcano so, there is constant ash in the air.
It is at just 2 minutes of walking distance from Kagoshima Port. Just come to Dolphin Port and have rest with coffee or sweets. There are many restaurants, coffee shops offer various local cousins and local products as a souvenir.
The view from Dolphin Port is just amazing. You can enjoy foot-bath with a amazing view of Sakurajima.
Oh! I just forget to say, there is one thing that you must try. Although it is written is Japanese only but let me try to explain…..
〜Bell of Happiness〜 - Please look the view at your front - Ring the bell twice - Do just one time bow
Kagoshima City Aquarium:
If you have time then I would recommend to visit it. For more details click here “Kagoshima City Aquarium“.
Wow! this Machi-meguri Bus (まち巡りバス) is a great fun and the best way to do Kagoshima city sightseeing.
It covers 19 major spots such as, Tenmonkan, Shiroyama, Kagoshima City Aquarium & Sakurajima Ferry Terminal, Saigo cave and much more… The fare is just 170 Yen (for any stop) but I would refer to buy one day pass which cost just 500 Yen. for more details, please click here.
Don’t forget to visit some historical place such as Tsurumaru Castle, Okubo Toshimichi Statue, Nanshu Cemetery.
Kagoshima Chuo Station:
There are JR train, Shinkansen, Shopping Center, Restaurant, Souvenir Shops inside the Kagoshima Chuo Station. Here are some hot spots, if you have time please visit it.
The downtown of the Kagoshima. It has restaurants, shops, Karaoke Place. You must take a walk around here. It is very close to Dolphin Port at just 10 minutes walking distance.
Kagoshima is known for Potatoes (imo), particularly sweet potatoes (satsumaimo), Kurobuta (black pork), Kuroushi (black beef).
You must try that one #Saigo Donburi (さいごう丼). It has of Kurobuta, Tebasaki, Kuroushi, Egg. The taste is just WOW! It is in Kagoshima Chuo Station inside of Gourmet nearby information center.
If you are going for same day tour for Kagoshima, or, you are on business tour and have only few hours but don’t know what to do? Then I would recommend you to take a ride on Machi-meguri Bus, buy one day pass and visit the spots of your own choice. Click here. If you are planning to stay there for 1-2 nights then, must visit “Amami Island”
Hope it will help you in traveling from Kumamoto to Kagoshima and how to enjoy there! Have a nice journey!