Kagoshima is a castle town on the southern island of Kyushu which dates back to the 14th century. There are many historic spots associated with the Meiji Restoration, a time when political reforms were undertaken to transform the country from feudalism into a modern unified nation.
The volcano of Sakura-jima Island, where a rising column of smoke can sometimes be seen, is a symbol of Kagoshima. The volcano rises from the sea about four kilometres from the centre of the city. It has been the site of repeated major eruptions throughout history, and is one of the most famous active volcanos in the world.
Sakura-jima, an active volcano
Hiking in Kirishima’s active volcanic mountain range, with its highlands, volcanic lakes and hot springs