Kagoshima Prefecture is in southwestern Kyushu, and also includes islands such as Yakushima, whose untouched forests have been designated a natural World Heritage Site. In addition, Kagoshima has several volcanoes, including the famous Sakurajima.

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1. Sakurajima

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An island just outside of Kagoshima with an active volcano frequently spewing ash-filled smoke from its peak.

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Despite this, people live comfortably on Sakurajima, and many travelers visit by ferry every year. The island has many onsens to soak in, and several shops sell fruits and vegetables grown there. Be sure to get some giant radishes made that way from the volcanic ash in the soil.

Sakurajimaakamizucho, Kagoshima, 891-1420

2. Steam sand baths

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At Ibusuki Beach, the steam sand baths allow you to lie in the sand, while the hot geothermal steam from below heats you. Just lie down on the beach in yukata clothes; an attendant will use a shovel to bury you up to your neck, then relax while the sand heats your body, relieving your circulation. While you lie undistracted, the sounds of the waves make the experience exceptionally enticing.

Ibusuki Beach
5 Chome-25 Yunohama, Ibusuki, Kagoshima 891-0406

3. Yakushima Island

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Yakushima Island is a small island outside Kagoshima filled with sightseeing spots and abundant nature.

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The luscious terrain includes many waterfalls, exotic hiking trails through forests, and a chance to view all kinds of wildlife, including monkeys, deer, and sea turtles.
* Many activities around Yakushima are possible, including snorkeling and kayaking.
*Only available from May to July.

Yakushima Island
Yakushima, Kumage District, Kagoshima

4. Iso Beach

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The best beach in Kagoshima for swimming and marine sports every summer. Plus Sakurajima Island is right within sight!

Iso Beach
9684-2, Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima 892-0871

5. Kirishima Onsen Market

Right next to Maruo Onsen Hot Spring Hotel is a small business facility called Kirishima Onsen Market. At this shop and restaurant facility, you can buy locally grown produce along with handmade bread snacks. The shop's specialty, though, is the boiled eggs and steamed bean buns heated by the geothermal hot spring water. Travelers can feast on these while soaking their feet in a footbath provided nearby.

Kirishima Onsen market
3878-114 Makizonocho Takachiho, Kirishima, Kagoshima 899-6603

6. Yurigahama Beach

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Right on Yoron Island, 1 hour and 20 minutes from Kagoshima, this incredible beach provides a smooth white sand beach floating on a sparkling clear blue sea. Some of the sand grains on the beach are star-shaped. It is believed that if you take a number of grains equal to your age, you will receive good luck.

Yurigahama Beach
Furusato, Yoron, Oshima District, Kagoshima 891-9307

7. Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park

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On Sakurajima Island at Yogan Nagisa Park, this foot bath is over 100 meters long and is free to soak in.

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Travelers can rest their tired feet here with great views of Kinko Bay and Mt. Sakurajima right in front of them.

Sakurajima Volcanic Shore Park and Footbath
1722 Sakurajimayokoyamacho, Kagoshima, 891-1419

8. Chikura Cavern

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