High coverage by Shirasu-Daichi, a broad pyroclastic plateau and known for volcanos and hot springs

Kagoshima prefecture is located at the southmost of the island of Kyushu including chains of southern islands. It is known for volcanos and hot springs. Kagoshima is the second following Oita for the number of hot springs in Japan. 

More than half of the prefecture is made of Shirasu-Daichi, a broad pyroclastic plateau, that doesn’t suit for agriculture. It made Kagoshima a place for sweet potatoes as it grows in that condition.

Yakushima, an island off the southern coast of Kagoshima, is well known for wild animals old cedar trees that are aged between 2,000 years to 7,200 years old.


North west coast of Yakushima is popular as a birth place of sea turtles. Sakurajima is one of the most active volcanos in the world. 

Ibusuki that is located at the southern tip of the Satsuma Peninsula, is famous for sunaburo, sand baths where you can enjoy being buried in hot sand for 10 to 20 minutes. 

Satsuma shiru - miso soup with Satsuma chicken (Satsuma is an old name of Kagoshima) and various vegetables

Satsumaage (Tsukeage) - deep-fried fish cakes 

Gane - sweet potato tempura

Bonito flakes - Makurazaki city in Kagoshima produces the most bonito in Japan and Kagoshima is known for bonito flakes. 

Kirishima tea - Tea leaves that are rich in flavor grown in Kirishima area

Honba Oshima Tsumugi is a traditional silk fabric made in the Amami region that has as long as 1,300 years of history.


Satsuma ware is a type of pottery in Kagoshima. It started when a feudal lord in 16th century brought Korean potters from the Korean Peninsula.

Satsuma kiriko is another local crafts in Kagoshima. It is vividly colored cut glasses that were originally developed for an export to Western countries. 

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