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Kagoshima, Japan

Mount Sakujima


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

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Money and Tipping

Japan's currency is the Yen (¥ JPY) and foreign currencies are typically not accepted. You can find currency exchange at post offices. The majority of ATM's in Japan DO NOT accept foreign bank cards. The exception are ATM's at 7-11 and Lawson convenience stores and at the post office. Citibank and Aeon bank ATM's may also accept foreign cards. Make sure you do the correct conversion for the amount you want to take out and insert your card the correct way. Tipping is not customary in Asia. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2208.html

Credit cards are not as widely accepted as in North America or Europe so make sure you have cash on hand. Typically, hotels and large department stores will accept cards but not smaller shops and restaurants.

Local Transportation

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


  • Mt Sakurajima - You can take a ferry across to the island and then board a hop-on, hop-off island tour bus. The city guide here has schedules and fares.
  • Kagoshima City Aquarium

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.

Post Offices

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


Kagoshima Weather Forecast


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