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Below is a list of Kagoshima's most popular spots for cherry blossom viewing (hanami), including the typical timing for best viewing in the average year and japan-guide.com ratings. See also our nationwide list of famous cherry blossom spots.

Yoshino Park

Early April
25 minutes by bus from Kagoshima Chuo Station
Admission: Free
Yoshino Park is a large city park in northern Kagoshima City. There are over 800 cherry trees throughout the park, most of which are in a grove at the southern corner of the park providing the ideal spot to hold cherry blossom viewing parties.

Senganen Garden

Late January to early April
30 minutes by bus from Kagoshima Chuo Station
1000 yen, 9:00 to 17:00
Most of the cherry trees at Senganen, a beautiful landscape garden north of the city center, are of the early blooming kanhizakura variety which has dark pink blossoms that open as early as late January. But there are also several somei yoshino trees that usually are in bloom in early April.

Kotsukigawa Riverside

Early April
A short walk from Kagoshima Chuo Station
No admission fee
Just a short walk from Kagoshima Chuo Station, there are 500 cherry trees planted along the banks of the Kotsukigawa River. Space for picnics is available in small park areas.

Hirakawa Zoo

Early April
20 minute walk from JR Goino Station
500 yen, 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Hirakawa Zoo is a large zoo and amusement park located south of the city center. There are about 1000 cherry trees found here, most of them planted around a large lawn at the center of the zoo.

Sakurajima Dinosaur Park

Early April
A short walk from Sakurajima Ferry Terminal
Admission: Free
Sakurajima Dinosaur Park is located near the ferry terminal on Sakurajima, the volcanic peninsula in Kagoshima Bay. The park is geared toward children and has a number of fiberglass dinosaur play structures among several hundred cherry trees.

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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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    • Hotel Gran Cerezo Kagoshima
      Mid-range
      Featuring an on-site bar and public baths, Hotel Gran Cerezo Kagoshima offers free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site. Kagoshima Chuo Station is a 7-minute tram ride. All air-conditioned rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV and electric kettle. Amenities include toothbrushes, pajamas, refrigerator and desk. Featuring views of Sakurajima Island, an on-site restaurant Kizuna serves Japanese and Western-style dishes prepared with local produces. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk that offers free luggage storage. The entire property is non-smoking and guests can smoke in the designated smoking area. For guests' convenience, a drinks vending machine is provided. Tenmonkan Park is a 7-minute stroll away from Hotel Gran Cerezo Kagoshima and Water Front Park is situated a 10-minute drive away.
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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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    • 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 Tullyfs Coffee on the ground floor.
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    • Kagoshima Tokyu REI Hotel
      Mid-range
      Located on the riverside, Kagoshima Tokyu REI Hotel is set beside Takamibashi Tram Station and a 5-minute stroll from Kagoshima-Chuo Station. It offers modern accommodation with 2 restaurants and rooms with free WiFi/wired internet. A complimentary water bottle is replenished daily. All guest rooms are non-smoking and offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a humidifier, a Yukata robe and a trouser press. The en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub, high-tech toilet and features Shiseido bath products. An air purifier is available in all rooms. The hotel has a coin-operated launderette and drink vending machines on site. A photo studio is available on-site, while massage services are available upon request. Luggage storage can be found at the 24-hour front desk. Guests will find a designated smoking booth in the ground floor lobby. Shangri-La Restaurant serves a Japanese and Western buffet. Guests can have tea and refreshments at the Sakura Tea Lounge. Kagoshima Bus Terminal is a 4-minute walk from the property. Hotel Tokyu REI Kagoshima is a 25-minute drive from Senganen Garden and a 15-minute drive from Kagoshima City Aquarium. Kagoshima Airport is a 45-minute drive away, while the Ferry Terminal to Tanegashima Island and Yakushima Island is a 10-minute drive away. Sakurajima is a 40 minute ferry and drive ride away.
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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. The shared bathroom is equipped with 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. The on-site restaurant open from July 2017 offers Kagoshima-style cuisine for breakfast and is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A traditional breakfast is served. 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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