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How to travel between Kagoshima and Fukuoka

By train

The one way journey between Fukuoka (Hakata Station) and Kagoshima (Kagoshima-Chuo Station) by Kyushu Shinkansen takes about 80-100 minutes, costs around 10,000 yen and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass and the All Kyushu version of the Kyushu Rail Pass.

By highway bus

Nishitetsu and JR Kyushu Bus operate highway buses every 30-60 minutes between Fukuoka and Kagoshima during the day, and there is also an overnight bus. During the day, the one way journey takes four hours and costs 5,000 yen, while the overnight bus takes about six hours and costs 6,100 yen one way.

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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    • Guesthouse Banvina
      Budget-friendly
      700 metres from Amu Plaza Kagoshima, Guesthouse Banvina is located in Kagoshima and offers air-conditioned rooms. With free WiFi, this 1-star guest house offers a shared kitchen and luggage storage space. Terukuni Shrine is 2.1 km from the guest house and Kagoshima City Museum of Art is 2.4 km away. The guest house provides certain rooms that include a safety deposit box, and every room is equipped with a shared bathroom and a desk. Museum of the Meiji Restoration is 1.1 km from Guesthouse Banvina, while St. Xavier Church is 1.8 km away. The nearest airport is Kagoshima Airport, 40 km from the accommodation.
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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. Some units are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, washing machine and a kettle, as well as a kitchen. 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, 47 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hostel Tomal
      Budget-friendly
      Hostel Tomal is set in Kagoshima, 1.1 km from Terukuni Shrine and 1.1 km from Reimeikan. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is located 1.6 km from Museum of the Meiji Restoration and 1.7 km from Ishibashi Park. All rooms have a shared bathroom fitted with a shower and slippers, while selected rooms also offer a kitchen equipped with a microwave. Popular points of interest near the hostel include Minato Odori Park, Kagoshima City Museum of Art and St. Xavier Church. The nearest airport is Kagoshima Airport, 38 km from Hostel Tomal.
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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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    • 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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    • 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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