The lively city of Kagoshima played a pivotal role in Japan's recent history that few visitors Japan even consider. Watched over by Japan's most active volcano, Sakurajima, Kagoshima's Satsuma-clan played a pivitol role in the Meiji Restoration that in 1868 helped thrust Japan into the modern age.

Kagoshima Map

“Hop onto one of the local tour buses and it seems as though Kagoshima has something to show-off on every block: statues and monuments dedicated to the cities many industrious sons, beautiful gardens and lovely coastal views. And downtown nightlife taken straight out of Tokyo's liveliest quarters”

Liam Chawdhary, former IJT tour leader

Out on a limb and far removed from Tokyo, Kagoshima's position may explain why the locals are very proud of their regional cuisine and the city's significant role in Japanese history. Twinned with Naples,  the streets feel almost Mediterranean, with looming palm trees and cheerful cafés.

Being the birth-place of the Japanese industrial revolution doesn't preclude Kagoshima from offering up great natural beauty. During the day you will be in the shadow of the magnificent (and still active) Sakura volcano, while during the evening you must venture into a downtown tavern where you are sure to encounter one of the extremely friendly locals wanting to share a bottle of fiery shochu (Kyushu's more robust answer to sake).

Be sure to visit the Sengan'en Garden. These lovely gardens formerly belonged to Shimazu clan and make good use of Sakura volcano in the background, a good example of the borrowed scenery style of Japanese landscaping. Just next door there is a chance to learn about Kagoshima's past in a building which was once Japan's first Western style factory.

Visiting the sites is very simple. A one day bus pass entitles you to unlimited travel on the sightseeing bus which visits each of the main attractions and some even provide English commentary. With such a forward thinking population, of course, Kagoshima boasts a bullet train station (a rarity on the island of Kyushu). This makes reaching Kagoshima far less time consuming than it once was.

Weather in Kagoshima

The Climate Guide for Kagoshima, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 10 11 15 20 23 26 30 30 27 23 18 12
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 1 2 5 10 14 18 22 22 19 14 8 3
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 4 4 5 5 5 4 6 7 6 6 5 4
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None None None Low High High Moderate None None None
Days with some Rainfall 16 16 19 17 17 21 21 20 18 13 12 15
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 85 106 185 229 241 494 381 282 243 104 76 63
UV Index (Maximum) 4 5 7 9 10 11 11 11 9 7 4 3