Kagoshima

Restaurant Guide in Kagoshima

Kagoshima prefecture is in the south part of Kyushu and includes the Satsunan Islands. The capital city is Kagoshima. It is known for Yakushima which is a world heritage site and for Tanegashima Space Center where rocket launches have taken place. Kagoshima is primarily divided into Kyushu Islands referred to as the main island and Satsunan Islands called th

e “remote islands.” The majority of the main island is occupied by the shirasu plateau that drains water well. Because of the active volcanoes such as Sakurajima, there are many hot springs, and the prefecture boasts the second largest number of original source hot springs following Oita prefecture. Almost all the bathing facilities in the prefecture use water from the hot springs. Many historical sites are scattered in the Kagoshima area in the center of the main island. Sakurajima daikon, named after the active Sakurajima, is known as the largest radish in the world and has become a signature product of the area. Ibusuki area in the south of Satsuma Peninsula, is a popular resort with a tropical atmosphere, and there are many hot springs and recreational facilities there. Sata area where Cape Sata, the southernmost cape of Japan is located, is currently being developed as a new resort area. Since Kagoshima Airport provides easy access to the Kirishima area, one of the most famous volcanic areas in Japan, Kirishima area is popular among tourists. Next to Amami Oshima, Yakushima Island is the second largest in Kagoshima, and 20 percent of the island is designated as an UNESCO world heritage site. In particular, it is known for Yakushima cedars that are over 1,000 years old. In Kagoshima, the farming of sweet potatoes, which was brought from China by way of Ryukyu Island over 400 years ago, is still thriving. It is said that almost all sweet potatoes distributed in Japan are from Kagoshima. Sweet potatoes are used to make sweet potato shochu and to feed kurobuta (black pork), which is another local specialty of Kagoshima.

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