1-Day Tour of Arts and Culture
- Suggested Time：7 Hours
- Main modes of transportation：Bus
10 minutes by streetcar from Kagoshima Chuo Station and then 8 minutes on foot after getting off at Tenmonkan
A shrine dedicated to the most beloved lord in Kagoshima
This is the largest shrine in Kagoshima visited by many worshipers. The shrine was destroyed in an air raid during World War II and was rebuilt in 1958. When you go through the huge torii gate, you will see a tree trimmed in a beautiful crane shape and the Shimadzu family’s emblem, a cross within a circle, on the buildings.
During the Rokugatsudo Lantern Festival (a summer festival) held every July, different colored lanterns are displayed in the precinct and many visitors attend.
Kagoshima City Museum of Art
A worth seeing collection of modern Western paintings and traditional crafts
The vault with a dome ceiling at the entrance shows patterns of Satsuma Kiriko cut glass. There is a café and a souvenir shop in the museum.
Since the museum is in the place where Tsurumaru Castle used to stand, the residence of Satsuma Clan lords, there are stone walls, pine trees and a waterway with carp swimming. This gives the area a traditional Japanese atmosphere. A statue of Saigo Takamori, the last samurai and Kagoshima’s hero is near the museum, It's an ideal place for a stroll.
Reimeikan- Kagoshima History Museum
CHIN JUKAN POTTERY CAFE
Enjoy Kagoshima’s tasty treats using Kagoshima pottery.
20 minutes by Kagoshima City View Bus from Monument of Satsumagishihi-mae stop
Shimadzu Satsuma Kiriko Gallery Shop (Sengan-en)
Satsuma Kiriko cut-glass shop directly managed by a glassworks
April 13th - May 31st, 2020
Please note that the opening days have now changed due to prevent the spread of corona virus.
This shop, directly managed by a Satsuma Kiriko cut-glass factory, is located in a western style building that was built in 1909 and registered as a national tangible cultural property. Kagoshima specialties including Satsuma Kiriko cut-glass, Satsuma buttons, tinware and yakusugi wooden products are available in the retro-inspired shop. The white-themed shop’s ceiling features Satsuma Kiriko cut-glass that makes this place popular for taking photos. At the cut-glass factory next door, you can see all processes from base making to cutting to polishing while observing the superior skills of the craftspeople.
Stunning stately home and gardens overlooking the magnificent Sakurajima
Closed Until Wednesday May 31st, 2020
The facility will close temporarily for the period above to prevent the spread of Corona virus.
Stately home and gardens of the powerful Shimadzu clan overlooking the magnificent active volcano Sakurajima. Built in 1658 by Shimadzu Mitsuhisa, Sengan-en is one of Japan’s most famous traditional gardens. Explore the expansive house and gardens to get a true feel of how a feudal lord lived. The grounds also host restaurants serving the finest local cuisine, an ultra-chic Japanese style café, and exclusive shops selling the pinnacle of Kagoshima craftsmanship.
Sengan-en was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2015 due to the role this area played in the modernization of Japan. The neighbouring Shoko Shuseikan Museum tells the 800-year story of the Shimadzu family, and the Shimadzu Satsuma Kiriko Glassworks offers visitors a rare opportunity to see Japanese artisans at work up close.
20 minutes by Kagoshima City View Bus, and 5-minute walk from Kinseicho stop
Kagoshima Brand Shop
Both traditional and modern local specialties and souvenirs are available.
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