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Published on 06.03.2016
There are many attractive sightseeing places in the Kagoshima prefecture located in the southern part of Kyushu Island. The symbol of Kagoshima, “Mt. Sakurajima,” is a complex volcano that is active still now. It is one of Kagoshima’s most famous tourist spots. You can visit it by ferry, which departs from the city. The trip takes around 15 minutes. You can enjoy the magnificent landscapes up close. “Shiroyama Belvedere” is the first park in Kagoshima city and you can get a full view of the beautiful “Kinkou bay” and Mt. Sakurajima from there. It is a great place to take a picture and film a video of beautiful view of Kagoshima city.
Also noteworthy, is the food of Kagoshima. The most famous dessert is called “Shirokuma.” “Shirokuma” is a shaved ice that has condensed milk on top. The fluffy shaved ice is also covered with various kinds of fruits. It is similar to the Korean dessert, patbingsu. “Shirokuma” means “polar bear” in Japanese and the name comes from the looks itself. There are many coffee shops that offer Shirokuma around the city. In addition to Shirokuma, Kagoshima has an original type of ramen native to the prefecture. Kagoshima’s ramen has soup made from pork bones, chicken bones and vegetables. Many raman restaurants in Kagoshima use noodles with medium thickness. It might be interesting to compare several ramen restaurants because each restaurant has its own unique taste.
The city holds a festival called “Ohara Matsuri” which is known for being the biggest festival in southern Kyushu. Ohara festival is held every year in November. The festival has been held for over sixty years, and almost twenty thousand dancers walk and dance on the main street to traditional Japanese music. The scenery of the dynamic music and dance is highly recommended for those wanting to enjoy a traditional Japanese festival.
Around Kagoshima city, there are many old buildings and bronze statues featuring famous historical figures of the area. It is not difficult to feel the long history and rich culture of the attractive Kagoshima prefecture
Access: Take street car at “Kagoshima Chuo Station” and get off at “Suizokukan Guchi”
5-minute walk to Sakurajima Ferry Terminal
Opening hour: 5:30 a.m. (First departure)〜 11:30 p.m. (Last departure)
Fee: Adult 160 yen, Children 80 yen
Address: 22 Shiroyama chou, Kagoshima city
Access: Take “Kagoshima City View” the sightseeing bus and get off at “Shiroyama”
“Mujaki Amyuplaza”: (Shirokuma)
Address: B1F Amyuplaza Kagoshima, 1-1 Chuo town, Kagoshima city
Opening hour: 11:00 a.m. 〜 9:00 p.m.
Price: 730 yen for Shirokuma (depends on the menu)
Place: Whole main streets of Tenmonkan train road
Date: November 2nd ~ November 3rd
Source: K&S TV (Youtube)