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Shiroyama Park (R, Shiroyama Kōen) is a park in downtown Kagoshima that extends over Mount Shiroyama. With an elevation of 107 meters, the mountain formerly served as the site of a castle fortification, which led to its name. Shiroyama literally means "castle mountain" in Japanese. The castle's former grounds at the base of the mountain now serve as the site of the Reimeikan Museum.

The park is most famous for its Shiroyama Observatory with spectacular views over downtown Kagoshima, Kagoshima Bay and Sakurajima. The night view is also nice, particularly if a clear sky and bright moon allow Sakurajima to remain visible. Nice views can also be enjoyed from the Satsuma no Yu outdoor hot spring bath at the nearby Castle Park Hotel, which is also open to non-staying guests.

Furthermore, the park will hold the interest of travelers interested in Japanese history, as it was the site of the final battle of the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877. The local hero Saigo Takamori is said to have made his last stand at Saigo Cave, located within the park.

Getting there and around

The Shiroyama Observatory can be reached by the City View Bus in about 25 minutes or by the Machimeguri Bus in about 20 minutes from Kagoshima Chuo Station.

How to get to and around Kagoshima

Hours and Fees

Satsuma no Yu Bath

Hours

5:30 to 24:00 (from 6:00 from October to late March)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time

Admission

2680 yen

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Richmond Hotel Kagoshima Kinseicho
      Mid-range
      Just steps away from Asahidori Tram Stop, Richmond Hotel Kagoshima Kinseicho features comfortable guestrooms, free property-wide Wi-Fi and a breakfast. JR Kagoshima Chuo Shinkansen (bullet train) Station is a 10-minute drive or a tram ride away. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an air-purifier/humidifier. An electric kettle with tea bags is also provided. The en suite bathroom comes with a bath tub and free toiletries. Kagoshima Kinseicho Richmond Hotel provides coin launderette, drinks vending machines and a free-use microwave. Laptops and a printer can be rented from the 24-hour front desk. Free luggage storage services are offered, while in-room massages can be arranged at an additional charge. The hotel is an 8-minute walk to the lively Temmonkan-dori area and a 12-minute walk to Kagoshima Aquarium. Kagoshima Airport is a 50-minute bus ride away. Ineya restaurant on the ground floor serves a hearty breakfast where guests can also choose one main dish.
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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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    • 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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    • 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
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      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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