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Kagoshima Prefecture

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Kagoshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kagoshima.HistoryKagoshima Prefecture corresponds to the ancient Japanese provinces Ōsumi and Satsuma, including the northern part of the Ryukyu Islands. This region played a key role in the Meiji Restoration (Saigō Takamori), and the city of Kagoshima was an important naval base during Japan's 20th century wars and the home of admiral Tōgō Heihachirō. More recent incidents are the sinking of a North Korean spy ship (100 ton class) in 2001 by the Coast Guard, which was later salvaged and exhibited in Tokyo, and the abduction of an office clerk from a Kagoshima beach in 1978 by agents from the same country. This became known only recently under the Koizumi administration.GeographyKagoshima Prefecture is located at the southwest tip of Kyushu on the Satsuma Peninsula and Ōsumi Peninsula. This prefecture also includes a chain of islands stretching further to the southwest of Kyushu for a few hundred kilometers. The most important group is the Amami Islands. Surrounded by the East China Sea to the west, Okinawa Prefecture in the south, Kumamoto Prefecture to the north, and Miyazaki Prefecture to the east, it has 2,632 km of coastline (including the 28 islands). It has a bay called Kagoshima Bay (Kinkowan), which is sandwiched by two peninsulas, Satsuma and Ōsumi. Its position made it a 'gateway' to Japan at various times in history. While Kyushu has about 13 million people, there are less than 2 million in this prefecture.
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Places to visit in Kagoshima Prefecture

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Popular things to do in Kagoshima Prefecture

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Scenic Walking Area
Sengan-en Kagoshima
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts Ibusuki
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Duration: 1 hour
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Volcano
Sakurajima Kagoshima
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Kirishima Shrine Kirishima
4.3
Duration: 1 hour

Nature in Kagoshima Prefecture

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Mountain
Mt. Kaimondake Ibusuki
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Duration: 1 hour
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National Park
Mangrove Primeval Forest Amami
4.4
Duration: 8 hours
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Water Body
Lake Ikeda Ibusuki
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Canyon
Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley Yakushima-cho
4.9
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Kagoshima Prefecture

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Military Museum
Chiran Peace Museum Minamikyushu
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
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History Museum
Museum of the Meiji Restoration Kagoshima
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Art Museum
Nagashima Museum Kagoshima
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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History Museum
Shoko Shuseikan Museum Kagoshima
3.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Kagoshima Prefecture

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Historic Site
Chiran Samurai Residence Garden Minamikyushu
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Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Buried Shrine Gate Kagoshima
3.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Terukuni Shrine Kagoshima
3.6
Duration: 1 hour
Cemetery
Aira Sanryo Kanoya
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Duration: 30 minutes

Hidden gems in Kagoshima Prefecture

Beach
Kurasaki Beach Tatsugo-cho
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Duration: 1 hour
Distillery
Kirishima Distillery Kirishima
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
Brewery
Satsuma Shuzo Brewery Meijigura Makurazaki
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Duration: 1 hour
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Science Museum
Tanegashima Space Center Minamitane-cho
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Duration: 1 hour