6 days in Kagoshima Prefecture Itinerary

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Kirishima — 2 nights

The city of Kirishima, established in 2005 by the merging of several smaller towns, makes a popular base for exploring the volcanic mountain range of the surrounding national park.
On the 1st (Wed), appreciate the history behind Saigo Takamori Statue and then go for a walk through Sengan-en. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kirishima Shrine and then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Meiji Restoration.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kirishima travel planner.

Tokyo to Kirishima is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Yakushima-cho.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
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Yakushima-cho — 1 night

A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Wilson Stump and then explore the stunning scenery at Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Yakusugi Land.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yakushima-cho journey builder app.

Getting from Kirishima to Yakushima-cho by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kirishima in November; daily highs in Yakushima-cho reach 24°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to catch the ferry to Ibusuki.
Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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Ibusuki — 2 nights

A coastal place of relaxation, Ibusuki stands as a hot spring resort on the southern tip of the peninsula.
On the 5th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Chiran Peace Museum, steep yourself in history at Chiran Samurai Residence Garden, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chiringashima, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kaimondake, and then take some stellar pictures from Cape Nagasakibana.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ibusuki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by ferry from Yakushima-cho to Ibusuki takes 3 hours. When traveling from Yakushima-cho in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ibusuki: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Nature · Parks · Baths · Spas
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Kagoshima Prefecture travel guide

Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites · Volcanos
Kagoshima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kagoshima.HistoryKagoshima Prefecture corresponds to the ancient Japanese provinces Ōsumi and Satsuma, including the northern part of the Ryukyu Islands. This region played a key role in the Meiji Restoration (Saigō Takamori), and the city of Kagoshima was an important naval base during Japan's 20th century wars and the home of admiral Tōgō Heihachirō. More recent incidents are the sinking of a North Korean spy ship (100 ton class) in 2001 by the Coast Guard, which was later salvaged and exhibited in Tokyo, and the abduction of an office clerk from a Kagoshima beach in 1978 by agents from the same country. This became known only recently under the Koizumi administration.GeographyKagoshima Prefecture is located at the southwest tip of Kyushu on the Satsuma Peninsula and Ōsumi Peninsula. This prefecture also includes a chain of islands stretching further to the southwest of Kyushu for a few hundred kilometers. The most important group is the Amami Islands. Surrounded by the East China Sea to the west, Okinawa Prefecture in the south, Kumamoto Prefecture to the north, and Miyazaki Prefecture to the east, it has 2,632 km of coastline (including the 28 islands). It has a bay called Kagoshima Bay (Kinkowan), which is sandwiched by two peninsulas, Satsuma and Ōsumi. Its position made it a 'gateway' to Japan at various times in history. While Kyushu has about 13 million people, there are less than 2 million in this prefecture.