How to go from Kumamoto to Kagoshima ?

Along the Kyushu shinkansen

access to yakushima and sakurajima

Kumamoto Castle with a Japan Rail Pass
Since the opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen, the beauty of the old railway line, which runs closer to the coast, has been sacrificed for speed, hence there are a lot of tunnels, so be sure to have something to entertain yourself between the brief glimpses of nature. Please note that Japan Rail Pass holders cannot take the Mizuho.

The shinkansen stops at Kagoshima Chuo station where there are connections with the JR Lines, the Line 2 of the local tramway and the Machi Meguri Bus.

0 KM - KUMAMOTO station
Cranes !n Izumi
33 KM - 0H11- SHINYATSUSHIRO stationAn industrial port town with some ferry connections heading out west. Climb the 777 steps up the mountainside for a stunning view over the city and the coast.In November there are two big attractions: one of the largest rework festivals in Western Japan and the Myoken Sai Festival, featuring a procession of horses, lions, turtles and snakes (some real, some shrines!)

76 km - 0H24 - SHIN-MINAMATA stationThe scene of a terrible mercury poisoning disaster in the 1950s, Minamata is now leading the drive to be an environmental model city and is at the forefront of recycling and sustainability efforts. Take a taxi out to the coast to visit Bamboo Garden with over 100 types of Bamboo.
The Senganen Garden and Sakurajima in Kagoshima
92 km - 0H32 - IZUMI STATIONFamous for the Siberian Cranes that descend here in the winter months, Izumi is a paradise for twitchers. You can also spot a large number of authentic Samurai residences, in the Fumotocho area of the city, leftover from when Izumi was a border crossing point between two feudal domains.

124 KM - 0H35 - SENDAINot to be confused with the Sendai in the north- east of Honshu, this station is now within the city of Satsumasendai. There are hot springs, temples and even a planetarium that you can visit in the area.
171 KM - 0H45 - KAGOSHIMA-CHUO station
discover yakushima
 Yakushima Island is currently best-known as the model of the forests in the Studio Ghibli movie Princess Mononoke. The island, a few hours o the coast of Kyushu, is a natural wonderland, with World Heritage preservations and trees that are thousands of years old. Jomonsugi started growing in the Jomon Period and is said to be anywhere from 2000 to 7200 years old.

From Kagoshima Port, take the high-speed ferry (2-3 hours, ¥7700) or car ferry (4 hours, ¥4600), which go to either of Yakushima’s two ports, Miyanoura and Ando. Flight also go to Yakushima once daily from Kagoshima, Fukuoka, and Osaka Airports.
discover kagoshima
What to see in Kagoshima ?

What to see ?

You can’t really help but see this magnificent sight if you visit Kagoshima. The cone of the active volcano, Sakurajima, is no longer an island, as a lava ow around 100 years ago connected it with the mainland. The volcano puffs away most days and sometimes you can see a layer of ash in town, if the wind is in the right (or wrong) direction. To get a closer look, take a ferry over and walk around the Nagisa Lava Trail and even have a foot bath.
Access : 15 minutes by ferry from Kagoshima, ¥160 one way.

A great place from which to view Sakurajima, with a beautiful garden in the foreground. Constructed in the mid-17th century, this house and garden belonged to the highly influential Shimazu family, rulers of the region for over 700 years. Some of the earliest-blooming cherry blossoms in Japan can be seen here, from as early as late January.
Open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., ¥1000.

If you have the chance, carry on south to Ibusuki where you can partake in a sand bath and rid yourself of all impurities in a mere ten minutes!
Where to stay in Kagoshima

Where to Stay ?

The hotel has a convenient access to Kagoshima Chuo Station. Special discount for Japan Rail Pass holders
1-1-2, Take, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima, 890-0045 
Tel : 09-9213-8000/http://www.jrk-hotels.co.jp/en/Kagoshima/

NAKAZONO RYOKAN 中薗旅館 7 minutes on foot from JR Kagoshima Station. A 10-minute walk from Tenmonkan-dori, a famous shopping street.
1-18 Yasui-cho, Kagoshima, 892-0815
Tel : 09-9226-5125 / nakazonoryokan.wix.com/nakazonoryokan
Where to eat in Kagoshima ?

Where to eat ?

JU’AN 寿庵
Ju’an serves Kagoshima’s most famous delicacy, kurobuta pork, shabu shabu style. Located directly across from Kagoshima Chuo Station, exit 1.
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tel : 099-258-0555 

This is the original store to serve shirokuma, a shaved ice treat topped with fresh fruit and a milk and honey sauce, which is now popular all over Japan. From the Tenmonkan-dori street car stop, head straight south east, towards Tenmonkan Park. Mujaki will be on the right just before the park.
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tel : 09-9222-6904 / www.mujyaki.co.jp

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