JSPS Quarterly
No.50 2014 winter

Introducing Japan: Kagoshima

By Dr. Ezzikouri Sayeh

Yoshida Castle


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.

Tezutsu hanabi

Dr. Ezzikouri

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 Kagoshima city.

kagoshima on the map of Japan

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.

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