定期観光バスガイド

Historic Kagoshima Tour

Kagoshima Chuo Station

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Kagoshima Chuo Station is the entrance of Kagoshima, acting as a terminal for a great number of conventional trains and the bullet train. There are many restaurants, bars and hotels in the vicinity of the station.
On the 2nd floor of the building there is a tourism information desk where you can receive help with any inquiries about tourism in Kagoshima.

Amu Plaza (Kagoshima Chuo Station)

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Amu Plaza is a shopping center that adjoins with Kagoshima Chuo Station. It has shops, restaurants, a movie theatre and a ferris wheel called “Amuran”. The tallest point of Amuran is approximately 91m above ground.

Statue of Satsuma students dispatched to the West (Kagoshima Chuo Station)

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1In 1865 the Satsuma Domain went against the national isolation stance of Japan and dispatched 19 students to England. They overcame various hardships in a foreign country, studied technology and scholarship, and after returning to Japan were a driving force in the dawn of a new era of Japan.
They left behind many achievements in various fields.

Naples road

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This road was named Naples road to commemorate the sister city relationship with Naples in Southern Italy; a city famous for Mt. Vesuvius. The relationship was signed on the 3rd of May 1960.

Museum of the Meiji Restoration

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Kagoshima was called Satsuma from the end of the Edo era until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. This museum teaches all about Satsuma at the end of the Edo era and the at the time of the Meiji Restoration.

Xavier Church・Xavier Park

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Francis Xavier came to Kagoshima in 1549 and spent approximately 10 months doing missionary work before going to Hirado, Nagasaki. This was the first time Christianity was disseminated in Japan. Xavier church was constructed in 1999 to commemorate 450 years since Xavier arrived.
Xavier Park is located across the road from the church and was built in 1949 to commemorate 400 years since he arrived in Kagoshima. A stone monument that used to be here was destroyed in an air raid in the Pacific War. The area is a section of the former church.

Terukuni Shrine

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This shrine is dedicated to the feudal lord of the Satsuma Domain and 28th head of the Shimazu family, Shimazu Nariakira. Ancient trees grow thick on the grounds and the forest of Shiroyama can be seen in the background. It is a place for the people of Kagoshima to relax.
Nariakira left behind a large contribution to the development of modern Japanese culture and was behind the designing of the Japanese flag, “the rising sun”.

Statue of Saigo Takamori

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Saigo Takamori was a great man and representative of Kagoshima, due to his efforts in the Meiji Restoration at the end of the Edo era. This statue was created in 1937 by a sculptor from Kagoshima, Teru Ando.
It took 8 years to build and if you include the stone pedestal it is approximately 8m tall. He wears the uniform of the first army general of Japan, and has a very different, grandeur, feel compared to the kimono-clad statue in Ueno, Tokyo.

Kagoshima Castle

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Built by the 18th head of the Shimazu clan, Yoshihisa Shimazu in 1602, these castle ruins are currently used as a prefectural museum, municipal art gallery and a center for historical records.

Monument to the loyal retainers of Satsuma.

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This stone monument was built to comfort the spirits of the feudal retainer of Satsuma, Hirata Yukie who, assigned by the Edo Shogunate, devoted himself to the flood-control works on the Horeki River. It is also for the 80 who died working on the project and the monument praises them all as loyal retainers.
In 1753 the Satsuma Domain was ordered by the Shogunate to do works on the Kiso River in what is now Gifu Prefecture. With chief retainer Hirata as the shogun’s administrator, approximately 1000 personnel from the clan, 2 years of work and 400 000 ryo worth of costs the work was completed. However there were many deaths and the project went over budget so Hirata committed suicide.
Based on 1 ryo accounting to 10,000 yen, what was 400 000 yen then is approximately 40,000,000,000 yen today.

Shiroyama

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Shiroyama is located behind Kagoshima castle and is 107m above sea level. You can gaze at Kagoshima City and the face of Sakurajima rising up from Kinko Bay from the observation point at the summit. It is famous for the view and as a battle location in the final civil war of Japan, the Satsuma rebellion.

Saigo’s Cave

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The cave is in a section of Iwasakitani in the middle of Shiroyama’s mountain path.
During the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion, Shiroyama was the site of the final battle of the Satsuma troops led by Saigo Takamori. It is said that right before the war ended, Saigo and his troops spent 5 days lying in this cave. In the early hours of the 24th of September, they were attacked by the government troops. Saigo left the cave and was descending Iwasakitani when he was hit by bullets. He ended his 49 years of life by killing himself, beheaded by Beppu Shinsuke.

Remains of Shigakko School

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In 1873, after being defeated in the military attempt to conquer Korea, Saigo Takamori returned to his hometown, Kagoshima, and founded a school and the youth who looked up to Saigo studied there. At the time there were 136 branches of the school in the prefecture and approximately 800 students. Today the building is no longer there but the stone wall of the site shows bullet holes from the Satsuma Rebellion and it is designated by the prefecture as a historical site.

Nanshu Graveyard

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Here lies the graves of 2,023 soldiers who died in the Satsuma Rebellion led by Saigo Takamori. The Saigo Nanshu Commemoration building is also located here and it displays historic documents from Saigo Takamori’s birth to his death in the Satsuma Rebellion.

Senganen Gardens (Isoteien)

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In 1658, the 19th head of the Shimazu clan, Mitsuhisa, built a villa here. Acting as a natural backdrop to the gardens is Sakurajima and Kinko Bay. These gardens are designated as a place of Japan’s scenic beauty. On the grounds there are precious historic landmarks and souvenir stores.
In the adjoining Shoko Shuseikan Hall you can see glass from the end of the Edo era, photos, and many other items from the Satsuma Domain.
In 2015 the remains of a reverberator furnace, the remains of a machine factory in Shoko Shuseikan, and the former Kagoshima foreign engineer’s residence (Ijinkan) which is a 5 minute walk from Senganen Gardens, were registered as world heritage sites.

Sakurajima

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Sakurajima is an active volcano in Kagoshima Bay (Kinko Bay) with a circumference of approximately 55km and a height of 1,117m.
It once was an island but in 1914, there was a major eruption and the lava that flowed from the volcano connected the island to Osumi Peninsula which faces Kagoshima City on the opposite side of the bay.

Gionnosu Park・Ishibashi Park

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At the end of the Edo period, 5 stone bridges were built over the Kotsuki River, a river that flows through central Kagoshima. A few of these bridges collapsed in 1993 due to water damage and the area was relocated and reconstructed. Today the beloved Ishibashi Memorial Park is there. It adjoins with a memorial hall that showcases the technology of bridge building and the history of the stone bridges.

Sakurajima Wharf (Ferry terminal)

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The ferry terminal has a unique curvature design and the ferries take 15 minutes to reach Sakurajima. The udon that you can eat while on the ferry is loved by all.

Kagoshima Aquarium

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This aquarium is a place where you can come face to face with marine and fresh water animals. Here you can see a whale shark swimming in the Kuroshio Current Tank, dolphins, sea otters, and the world’s largest freshwater fish, the arapaima.

Waterfront Dolphin Port

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The harbor area where the ferry terminal is located is a zone where people can come into contact with the ocean. There is a large area for events that adjoins to the pier and bustles with various festivities. You can enjoy local cuisine at the restaurant strip in Dolphin Port, as well as try the foot bath. The surrounding stores look like stone warehouses and it gives the area a retro feel.

Tenmonkan

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Tenmonkan is the busiest shopping district of Kagoshima and a spot to enjoy local cuisine and to go shopping.
The name Tenmonkan comes from an astrological observatory that was built by the 25th head of the Shimazu clan, Shigehide, in 1773.

Kagoshima Chuo Station

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