Introducing Japan: Kagoshima
By Dr. Ezzikouri Sayeh
Kagoshima city is the capital of Kagoshima
Prefecture. Located on Kyushu island in
southwestern Japan, the city is approximately
40 minutes from Kagoshima Airport.
Historically, Kagoshima was the center of
the Shimazu samurai clan who ruled the
Satsuma han, second largest domain in
feudal Japan, until the end of the Edo Period.
Kagoshima city is compared with its
Italian sister city Naples due to a similarly
mild climate and palm-tree lined streets.
The climate is very hot during summer and
relatively cold and dry in the winter. One of
the best places to see in Kagoshima is the
famous active volcano just across the bay on Sakurajima Island. It regularly erupts spewing
ash over the city. There is also a very nice
aquarium with diverse collection of marine
life in the Kagoshima port area and what’s
called Dolphin Port with many shops and
restaurants commanding a beautiful view of
the bay in the foreground with Sakurajima
in the background. Many festivals and
fireworks are also held, mainly in summer, in
During my stay in Kagoshima, I spend
time with my family visiting some gardens,
dining in the restaurants, shopping, and
meeting with friends. In addition, I have plans
to visit Yakushima to see the deep forests
and indigenous animals, including
red-bottomed macaques and deer,
living on the island.