Save on sightseeing with CUTE one-day pass!-1

Save on sightseeing with CUTE one-day pass!

  • Suggested Time:8 hours
  • Main modes of transportation:Buses, trams and ferries

Here we introduce sample itineraries using the CUTE one-day pass to ride our city buses, trams and ferries. CUTE comes with a discount book for tourist attractions.
Follow these sample itineraries to save plenty off the usual price!

Check the CUTE article for sales outlets and further details. 


25 minutes by Kagoshima City View Bus from Kagoshima Chuo Station (regular fare 230 yen)

Shiroyama Observatory

Great spot for viewing Sakurajima and the site of the last fierce battle of samurai warriors.
Shiroyama Observatory-1
The Shiroyama Observatory is popular as it commands a splendid view : the beautiful volcano Sakurajima in Kinko bay and the city of Kagoshima. Spectacular view at night time is also famous. 
Since a fierce battle occurred here in 1877 during the Satsuma Rebellion, the last war involving samurai warriors, there are many historical sites around the observatory. 
The 2-km long Shiroyama Natural Trail is ideal for a stroll as the trail passes through rich natural surroundings with more than 600 species of wild temperate and subtropical trees and plants such as a large 400-year old camphor tree, ferns and sweet viburnums. 

25 minutes by Kagoshima City View Bus from Shiroyama (regular fare 230 yen)


Stunning stately home and gardens overlooking the magnificent Sakurajima
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.
  • Address 892-0871 鹿児島県鹿児島市吉野町9700-1
    Open 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Closures The first Sunday of March
    (Closed for Kagoshima Marathon)
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15 minutes by Kagoshima City View Bus from Sangan-en (regular fare 230 yen)

Kagoshima Port Sakurajima Ferry Terminal

Kagoshima Port Sakurajima Ferry Terminal-1

Take the ferry here for Sakurajima.

15 minutes on the Sakurajima Ferry (regular fare 200 yen)

Sakurajima Port

Sakurajima Port-1

Upon arriving at Sakurajima Port, change to the Sakurajima Island View Bus.

6 minutes by Sakurajima Island View Bus (regular fare 230 yen)

Sakurajima Visitor Center

Let’s learn more about Sakurajima!
Sakurajima Visitor Center-1
If you go to Sakurajima, a recommended first stop is Sakurajima Visitor Center. Their exhibition panels show you record of past eruptions, the formation of the volcano, vegetaion, tourism and disaster prevention activities in Sakurajima.You can learn how people lead their life in Sakurajima by watching a high-definition film and looking at a model of the volcano.At their shop, there are special souvenirs including books about Kagoshima and Sakurajima, and Sakurajima specialties only available here. If you need, you can also purchase original towels for the footbath near the center. You can rent a hybrid bicycle to tour around Sakurajima. 
  • Address 891-1419 鹿児島県鹿児島市桜島横山町1722-29
    Open 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Closures Open every day
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35 minutes by Sakurajima Island View Bus (regular fare 230 yen)

Yunohira Observatory

An observatory comands a panoramic view from the highest accessible point in Sakurajima
Yunohira Observatory-1
The observatory is located at the fourth station, 373 m above sea level, on the North Peak of Sakurajima. This is the highest point of Sakurajima accessible to the public. You will be impressed by the view of the rough surface of the smoking South Peak where. This is one of the must-see spots in Sakurajima.
From the observatory you can see the mirror-like surface of tranquil Kinko Bay and the urban district of Kagoshima City below. You can also see the Kirishima mountain chain in the north and beautiful Mount Kaimon in the south. 
If you find the seven heart marks hidden in the observatory, somehing good might happen to you.
There is a bus stop for the Sakurajima Island View buses that make a loop trip in west area of Sakurajima. 
  • Address 891-1418 鹿児島県鹿児島市桜島小池町1025
    Open Observatory: free to visit; shops: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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15 minutes by Sakurajima Island View Bus (regular fare 230 yen)

Sakurajima Port

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15 minutes on the Sakurajima Ferry (regular fare 200 yen)

Kagoshima Port Sakurajima Ferry Terminal

Kagoshima Port Sakurajima Ferry Terminal-1

5-minute walk

Io World Kagoshima City Aquarium

Attractive exhibitions with various themes such as the Kuroshio Current and “Sea of Nansei Islands”
Io World Kagoshima City Aquarium-1
The aquarium boasts a great location with Sakurajima directly in front. The main attraction is 10,000 marine creatures of approximately 800 species. The Gigantic Kuroshio Fish Tank, 25-m wide and containing 1,500 tons of water, is overwhelming. It exhibits fish such as whale sharks and tuna that migrate with the Kuroshio Current. There are many other exhibitions under different themes such as “Sea of Nansei Islands,” where you can see colorful tropical fish and live corals, and “Deep Sea of Kagoshima,” the aquarium has Vestimentiferan tube-worms/Lamellibrachia Satsuma (tube-worms), a rare creature found only in Kagoshima. 
There are other attractions including events to learn about dolphins and the diet of whale sharks, harbor seals and electric eels. 
  • Address 892-0814 鹿児島県鹿児島市本港新町3-1
    Open 9:00am - 6:00pm (last entry at 5:00pm)
    Open until 9:00pm during Golden Week, Sat/Sun/national holidays during summer break, Obon holiday, Christmas Eve, etc.
    Closures Four days starting on the first Monday in December
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8 minutes by Kagoshima City View Bus (regular fare 230 yen)


Dining and shopping district in Kagoshima
Tenmonkan, the largest amusement district in Southern Kyushu, has many restaurants and cafés offering popular items such as Kurobuta pork cutlet, Kurobuta pork shabu-shabu and Shirokuma shaved ice (shaved ice with syrup and fruit). There are also places to shop including souvenir shops, boutiques and a department store. The street has an arcade so you can enjoy a meal and shopping even on rainy days. 
There are many hotels here so this district is convenient for visitors to Kagoshima. As there are a number of izakaya drinking places and bars, the district becomes busy especially on weekend evenings. 

10 minutes by tram (regular fare 170 yen)


A Ferris wheel that is a landmark of Kagoshima

This Ferris wheel takes about 15 minutes to make a complete revolution and affords a panoramic night view of downtown Kagoshima. The colorful illuminations that change with the seasons are also a highlight.

*Ride for 400 yen using the "CUTE" discount book, down from the regular rate of 500 yen.

  • Address 1-1 Chuo-cho, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima
    Open 10:00-22:45 (last entry)


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