Book that bargain ticket and spend a momentous weekend in Kagoshima. Enjoy the hot springs, good food and scenic views of its almost-tropical setting. Not sure on what to do? Here are some tips for your weekend itinerary:
Oyattosa Foot Bath
This free foot bath is strategically placed just at the entrance of the airport where travelers waiting for their respective flights can rest and have a taste of Kagoshima’s pride – hot springs. In Kagoshima’s dialect, “Oyattosa” means “You worked hard” or “You deserve a break.” and it certainly provides travelers as well as families and friends waiting at the airport a relaxing spot.
Chicken sashimi served with lime and ginger. It’s so admirable how Japanese can maintain the freshness and quality of the meat – restaurants only serve meat harvested on the same day. This is a must-try for all sashimi-lovers and for those willing to try something unfamiliar. You’d be surprised how amazing it tastes!
Buta no Kakuni (Braised Pork Belly)
Meat lovers, unite! Be sure to get a piece of Kagoshima’s kakuni. It’s perfectly marbled, simmered in a rich flavor of soy sauce and a wonderful match with rice or just a pint of beer. Its texture is amazingly good; it melts in your mouth.
Hardcore sashimi lovers may already know how specific Japanese are in naming fishes – one kind may have several names depending on its size. Kanpachi, for example, is amberjack or yellowtail but Hamachi and Buri are also names for yellowtail. For better understanding, Kanpachi are young, and if compared to a Hamachi sashimi, it will appear more translucent while the Hamachi will be more pinkish and more thickly sliced. It’s extensively farmed in China, Taiwan and Southern Japan and Sakura-jima is one of the most famous place to have it.
The perfect shade of blue. A trip to Kagoshima is never complete without a visit to Sakura-jima, which is one of the most active volcano in Japan. Fun fact: It’s still being called an island despite now being connected to the Osumi Peninsula due to an eruption in 1914.
Hop on to a ferry ride from the city to Sakurajima and admire its magnificent view while eating a hot bowl of udon. It’s somehow a local tradition whenever cruising towards the volcano.
Iso teien Garden
Fall season may just be the perfect timing to visit the Iso teien garden as you’ll be able to view the lovely colors and exceptional beauty of Chrysanthemums in a flower festival in November. It’s a golden chance for photographers and nature enthusiasts.
You might get tired strolling around the garden. Fret not! You can relax and have some Japanese sweets with a bowl of freshly whisked matcha in Shimazu Mitsuhisa’s villa. Created in 1658 and gradually expanded until 1848, his villa reveals the various influences on architecture, art, design and even cuisine from Western as well as Chinese and Korea. The villa tour comes in every 30 mins and it will surely make you appreciate how advanced Kagoshima was then.
Address: 〒9700-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima Entry Fee: 500 yen for students; 1,000 yen for adults Opening Hours: 8:30 – 17:30, Open throughout the year. Hotel: Booking here!!
Steak House Fujiyasu
An impeccable hideaway located at the heart of the city, Fujiyasu is your No. 1 steak house to go to end an exhausting tour around Kagoshima-shi. They serve the freshest meat, with specific serial numbers from the butcher shop. A plate of beef steak may cost you a lot but it sizzles and comes with a helpful serving of butter and special sauce. It is the best thing, ever.
Address: 892-0848 13-29 Hiranochō, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30～14:30; Dinner 17:00～22:00. Closed on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Hotel: Booking here!!