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How to travel between Kagoshima and Tokyo

By train

Tokyo and Kagoshima are connected with each other by the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen. One transfer of trains is required along the way, typically at Shin-Osaka or Hakata Station. The one way trip takes about seven hours and costs around 30,000 yen. Japan Rail Pass holders will require an additional hour, because they cannot use the faster Nozomi and Mizuho trains, and have to use Hikari and Sakura trains instead.

By air

JAL, ANA, Skymark and Solaseed are operating frequent flights between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Kagoshima Airport, while Jetstar and Peach connect Kagoshima with Narita Airport. Flight time is around two hours. The regular one way fares by JAL and ANA are around 46,000 yen, while discount tickets are usually available for between 12,000 and 30,000 yen. The fares by Solaseed Air are roughly 15 percent lower than the ones of JAL and ANA, while the fares by Skymark Airlines, Jetstar and Peach are even cheaper.

Kagoshima Airport is a 40-60 minute bus ride outside of the city center. The one way fare between the airport and various stops in the city center is 1300 yen. Many rental car outlets are located at Kagoshima Airport.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

Kagoshima's main train station is Kagoshima Chuo Station, while Kagoshima Station is a smaller station on the opposite side of the city center. There are two tram lines which serve both railway stations and provide quick and convenient service in the downtown area. One ride costs 170 yen regardless of the distance traveled.

Kagoshima also has an extensive bus network that provides access to sites not served by trains and trams. Two loop buses are particularly useful for tourists: the City View Bus and the Machimeguri Bus. Both run along similar routes that connect Kagoshima Chuo Station with Senganen Garden, Shiroyama Park and the ferry terminal to Sakurajima. The City View buses run every 30 minutes and costs 190 yen per ride or 600 yen for unlimited use on one calendar day, while the Machimeguri Bus runs every 20 minues and costs 170 yen per ride or 500 yen for unlimited use on one calendar day.

The Welcome Cute pass is a pass for exclusive use by foreign tourists (passport required at the time of purchase) on trams, the City View Bus, the Sakurajima Island View Bus, other city-operated buses and the Sakurajima Ferry on one or two consecutive calendar days. The 1-day pass costs 1200 yen, while the 2-day pass costs 1800 yen. The pass also includes discounts at some tourist facilities.

There are also a few sightseeing bus tours offered that take 3-6 hours to explore Kagoshima City, Sakurajima or both for around 2500 to 5000 yen. Tour guides in the buses give explanations in Japanese.

Kagoshima Airport is located quite far outside the city center, and is most easily accessed by airport buses that stops at a number of locations within the city, including Kagoshima Chuo Station and the high speed ferry terminal (高速船ターミナル, 1-2 buses per hour). The one way ride takes about an hour and costs 1300 yen.

There are four separate ferry terminals across the Kagoshima Port area for ferries leaving to nearby and faraway destinations (see map above): Shuttle buses operate every 15 minutes between Kagoshima Chuo Station and the terminals for ferries to Sakurajima and Yakushima (15 minutes, 160 yen one way). Ferries for Okinawa can be reached by the "Port Liner" bus which connects Kagoshima Chuo Station with Kagoshima New Port (20 minutes, 160 yen one way) once per day, timed to the ferries' departures and arrivals. All of the above mentioned buses also stop at Tenmonkan in the city center along the way.

Hotels around Kagoshima

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    • Gracias
      Budget-friendly
      Gracias is a self-catering accommodation located in Kagoshima, just a 5-minute walk from the ferry terminals offering high speed boats and ferries to Yakushima and Sakurajima. Air-conditioned apartments are fitted with a flat-screen TV, a balcony and a full kitchen with a microwave, a refrigerator and a stovetop. Private bathrooms are equipped with a hairdryer, a bath and slippers. Each apartment also comes with a view of Sakurajima. Gracias Apartment is within a 2-minute walk from the nearest convenience store, a cafe and a restaurant, while JR Kagoshima Station is a 15-minute walk away. Kagoshimachuo Station is a 20-minute tram ride away, while Kagoshima Airport is located 28 km away. No meals are served on site.
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    • SHIROYAMA HOTEL kagoshima
      Luxury
      Featuring an open-air natural hot spring bath overlooking Sakurajima Volcano and the sea, SHIROYAMA HOTEL kagoshima offers a spa centre, 7 dining options and a concierge. Rooms have free wired internet. Some rooms come with a view of Sakurajima volcano and Kinko-wan Bay. All are equipped with an LCD TV with satellite channels, a fridge and a safe. The spa at SHIROYAMA HOTEL kagoshima offers a mist sauna, a flower bath and massage treatments. Guests can also enjoy karaoke and shopping. Restaurant Le Ciel offers panoramic city views and Western food, while other restaurants serve Japanese and Chinese specialities. Castle Park houses its own bakery and brewery. A free bus circulates between SHIROYAMA HOTEL kagoshima, JR Kagoshima Chuo Station and downtown area Tenmonkan, both a 10-minute drive away.
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    • Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kagoshima
      Luxury
      Opened in 2012, Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kagoshima is just a 2-minute walk from JR Kagoshima-Chuo Train Station and features a French restaurant and massage services. Its modern rooms impress with a 4-star decor and a spacious shower room with a bathtub. Free WiFi is available throughout the premises. Polished wood panelling, soft lights and plush carpets await guests in the rooms at Kagoshima Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel. Each room has an LCD TV with channels including CNN and China Central Television (CCTV), a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea, and the bathing area and toilet are separated for improved hygiene. Some rooms have views of Sakurajima volcano. The hotel is a 5-minute drive from the Ishin Furusato-kan Museum, which focuses on the Meiji Restoration. Sengan-en Japanese Garden is 6 km away. A free-use internet PC can be found at the lobby, and the 24-hour front desk offers laptops to guests at a surcharge. A coin launderette is available for use. A Japanese/Western breakfast is served for an extra fee at Kuwahara Restaurant, where French course lunches and dinners can also be enjoyed.
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    • JR Kyushu Hotel Kagoshima
      Mid-range
      Directly connected to JR Kagoshima Chuo Shinkansen (bullet train) Station, JR Kyushu Hotel Kagoshima offers modern guest rooms with free Wi-Fi in 2 separate towers. Local Kagoshima cuisine can be savoured at the on-site restaurant. All rooms at JR Kyushu Hotel feature an LCD TV, air conditioning, air purifier and a small fridge. A hairdryer and toiletries are included in the en suite bathroom. Free luggage storage services are offered at the front desk. In-room massages and dry-cleanings can be arranged. There are also coin laundrettes and free-use internet PCs on site. Ekitei Satsuma restaurant serves traditional Kagoshima specialties, as well as other Japanese dishes. A hearty breakfast buffet is also offered there. Guests can reach Sakurajima in 30 minutes by bus and ferry. The hotel is a 7-minute drive from Terukuni Shrine, and a 13-minute drive from Senganen Garden. Kagoshima Aquarium is a 6-minute drive away. Kagoshima Airport is a 40-minute drive away.
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    • Apartment Hotel Ecott
      Mid-range
      Situated 6 km from Kagoshima Municipal Science Hall, Apartment Hotel Ecott features accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. The aparthotel provides a terrace. Museum of the Meiji Restoration is 8 km from Apartment Hotel Ecott, while Amu Plaza Kagoshima is 8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kagoshima Airport, 36 km from the accommodation.
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    • Guesthouse Banvina
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring 1-star accommodation, Guesthouse Banvina is located in Kagoshima, 2.1 km from Terukuni Shrine and 2.4 km from Kagoshima City Museum of Art. This 1-star guest house offers a shared kitchen, luggage storage space and free WiFi. Shiroyama Observatory is 2.7 km from the guest house and Kagoshima Municipal Science Hall is 3 km away. Every room is equipped with a shared bathroom with slippers and a hairdryer. All units at the guest house include air conditioning and a desk. Popular points of interest near Guesthouse Banvina include Amu Plaza Kagoshima, Museum of the Meiji Restoration and St. Xavier Church. The nearest airport is Kagoshima Airport, 30 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Gate In Kagoshima Tenmonkan
      Mid-range
      Renovated in 2014, Hotel Gate In Kagoshima is a located a 5-minute walk from Tenmonkan Dori Tram Station and a 10-minute tram ride from JR Kagoshima Chuo Train Station.Free WiFi access is available at the entire property. Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee and read magazines at the lobby. The air-conditioned rooms feature a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Japanese Yukata robes are provided and guests can enjoy VOD channels on the flat-screen TV. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Some rooms have a balcony and a private open-air bath. A coin-launderette is on site and photocopying services are offered at the 24-hour front desk. Kagoshima Gate In Hotel is a 5-minute drive from Kagoshima Port and Kagoshima Aquarium. The Tenmonkan shopping arcade is a 3-minute walk away.
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    • Silk Inn Kagoshima
      Mid-range
      A 5-minute walk from JR Kagoshima Chuo Train Station, Silk Inn Kagoshima offers modern rooms with free Wi-Fi/wired internet access. Guests can refresh in the indoor/outdoor hot-spring baths and request relaxing massages for an extra cost. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV with VOD channels, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Japanese Yukata robes and slippers are provided for all guests. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Guests can refresh on the reclining chairs in the relaxation room and use the coin-launderette on site. Luggage storage and photocopying services are available at the front desk. A free-use PC is provided at the lobby. Hanan Caf? serves traditional Keihan chicken rice dishes and light meals. Japanese dishes and shabu shabu meals are served at Yuan restaurant. Kagoshima Silk Inn is a 10-minute drive from Kagoshima Arena and Kagoshima Port. Sakurajima Island is a 45-minute drive and ferry ride away. Tenmonkan Dori Tram Station is a 10-minute tram ride away.
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    • remm Kagoshima
      Mid-range
      Only a 2-minute walk from Tenmonkandori Tram Station, Remm Kagoshima offers modern accommodations with a massage chair. Free WiFi is available at the entire property and body care services are available for extra relaxation. The air-conditioned, compact rooms feature a 32-inch LCD TV with video-on-demand, a fridge and an electric kettle. Nightwear and toothbrush sets are provided for all guests. The en suite bathroom comes with a rain shower and a hairdryer. Complimentary mineral water is provided. Kagoshima Remm Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Sengan-en Garden and a 25-minute drive away from Sakurajima Island. JR Kagoshima Train Station is a 5-minute drive away, while Tenmonkan Airport Shuttle Bus Stop is a quick 1-minute walk away. Guests can choose from various Japanese and herbal tea bags at the 24-front desk. Dry cleaning service is provided. Simple breakfast sets and coffee are served at Tully’s Coffee on the ground floor.
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    • Sun Days Inn Kagoshima
      Mid-range
      A 5-minute walk from Tenmonkan-dori Tram Station, Sun Days Inn Kagoshima offers rooms with free WiFi. Guests can enjoy a breakfast buffet and use the free-use PCs at the business centre. JR Kagoshima-chuo Train Station is a 10-minute drive away. The modern air-conditioned rooms feature a desk, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. Guests can make green tea using the electric kettle and borrow a trouser press for in-room use. The en suite bathroom comes with toothbrush sets. A hairdryer is provided in each room. A coin-launderette is on site and laptops can be rented at the 24-hour front desk. Drink vending machines are on site. Sundays Restaurant serves a breakfast buffet featuring local specialties, including pork curry and chicken rice. Kagoshima Sun Days Inn is a 10-minute drive from Kagoshima Arena and a 7-minute tram ride from Kenmonkan Tram Stop to Kagoshima Port. Kagoshima Airport is an 1-hour drive away.
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