Kagoshima is a busy city lying in the shadow of Mount Sakurajima, an active volcano. It spectacularly erupted on Feb 6 2016.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock at Marine Port Kagoshima. It is a 20 minute walk to the tram stop Wakita or you can walk a bit further to the JR rail station Usuki and take the train to Kagoshimachuo or Kagoshima station. Download the tourist guide here
Kagoshima Port Info - http://www.mlit.go.jp/kankocho/cruise/detail/070/index.html
Money and Tipping
The tram is the best way to get around longer distances. Fares are ¥170 one way, ¥600 daypass, or ¥1000 for a "Welcome Cute" tourist day pass (Feb 2016). Enter the tram from the middle doors and pay when you exit at the front. Exact change in coins is required but the farebox has a separate section to give change for larger value coins and small notes. See guide to riding the tram here http://www.kotsu-city-kagoshima.jp/en/e-howto/
Search hotels in Kagoshima here
Shopping & Restaurants
Tenmonkan, in downtown Kagoshima, is the main covered shopping arcade. Tram stop Temmonkandori.
Amu Plaza is a large mall at Kagoshimachuo train station with a ferris wheel (tram stop Kagoshimachuoekimae). The area's largest mall is Aeon Kagoshima Shopping Center south of the cruise pier.
Cafes and restaurants may provide free wifi for customers.
There is a post office just north of the east entrance of Kagoshimachuo train station.
Kagoshima PDF guide here - http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/rtg/pdf/pg-707.pdf
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