Resembling A Dragon’s Head, Japan’s Historic Kagoshima Has An Active Volcano & Full Of Natural Beauty

Kagoshima is a city rich in history, culture, and natural beauty

by Tejashee Kashyap
Resembling A Dragon’s Head, Japan’s Historic Kagoshima Has An Active Volcano & Full Of Natural Beauty

Located in the southern part of Kyushu Island in Japan, Kagoshima is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Some people claim that Kagoshima, the prefecture resembles a dragon’s head. One of the nation’s most active volcanoes, Sakurajima, is situated at the mouth of this dragon. Its smoke plumes are frequently visible from the city which is only a short boat journey away.

About The Place

Kagoshima is a city that beautifully blends historical significance, natural wonders, and culinary delights. The region’s remarkable natural characteristics include Japan’s largest camphor tree, a sprawling 1,500-year-old tree. It is known to have inspired equally beautiful art. While Western tourists continue to pour into Tokyo and Kyoto, Kagoshima appears to draw a disproportionate number of Japanese and other Asian travellers who are keen to explore the prefecture’s peninsulas and islands and go shopping in the pottery town of Miyama in the city of Hioki.

Kagoshima is accessible by air, rail, and ferry. Kagoshima Airport offers domestic flights from major cities like Tokyo and Osaka, as well as a few international flights. The prefecture enjoys a temperate climate year-round, with daytime highs rarely falling below freezing. This makes it a popular travel destination even in the winter. Public transportation in Kagoshima is well-developed, with buses, trams, and ferries serving the city and surrounding areas.

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One of Kagoshima’s most famous attractions is Sengan-en, a traditional Japanese garden and stately home. The gardens are meticulously maintained, featuring ponds, streams, and seasonal flowers. The backdrop of Sakurajima, an active volcano, adds a dramatic element to the scenery. For panoramic views of the city and Sakurajima, the Shiroyama Observatory is the place to go.  This viewpoint provides an excellent opportunity to appreciate Kagoshima’s geographical layout and natural beauty. Kagoshima City Aquarium is a family-friendly attraction showcasing marine life from Kagoshima Bay and beyond.

Sakurajima is arguably the most iconic natural feature. This active stratovolcano is located in Kagoshima Bay. Visitors can take a ferry from Kagoshima Port to Sakurajima Island to explore numerous hiking trails, hot springs, and viewpoints. A short trip south of Kagoshima City leads to Ibusuki, famous for its natural sand baths. At Ibusuki Onsen, visitors are buried in naturally heated sand, which is said to have therapeutic properties.

The place offers a unique and memorable travel experience, it’s a destination that promises to captivate and enchant every visitor.

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