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Kagoshima Aquarium (いおワールド鹿児島水族館, Io World Kagoshima Suizokukan) is located along the water beside Kagoshima Port, just beside the Sakurajima ferry terminal. The aquarium was opened in 1997 and has a total of seven floors. There is an emphasis on local marine life, including the chain of islands to the south that are also part of Kagoshima Prefecture.

The aquarium's most impressive attraction is its massive Kuroshio Tank, which holds fish of all sizes. There are schools of tiny fish, rays and even a giant whale shark. Other exhibition areas include sea otters, giant crabs, coral reefs, electric eels and mangroves. There is a Dolphin Pool that has three dolphins shows per day. Occasionally the dolphins are allowed to swim freely in the canals outside the aquarium where they also perform tricks.

Getting there and around

The Kagoshima Aquarium is a five minutes walk from the Suizokukan-guchi tram stop (170 yen) or can be reached by the City View Bus in about an hour or by the Machimeguri Bus in about 45 minutes from Kagoshima Chuo Station.

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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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    • 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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    • 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 offers accommodation in Kagoshima near Terukuni Shrine and 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 set 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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    • 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
      Guesthouse Banvina is located in Kagoshima, 2.1 km from Terukuni Shrine and 2.4 km from Kagoshima City Museum of Art. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. At the guest house, every room is equipped with a desk. All units include bed linen. 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, 40 km from the accommodation.
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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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    • Kagoshima Sun Royal Hotel
      Luxury
      Boasting a 13th-floor hot-spring bath overlooking Kagoshima Bay, French and Japanese restaurants and a 24-hour reception, Sun Royal Hotel is 15 minutes from JR Kagoshima-Chuo Train Station on the free shuttle. Rooms offer views of either Kagoshima city or Sakurajima Island, and include an en suite bath with slippers and amenities. All are air-conditioned, with free wired internet and green tea. Guests can watch satellite channels and pay programmes on the LCD TV. Temmonkan-dori Road is 3 km from the hotel, and Kagoshima University is 2 km away. Bicycles are available for hire. Massages and saunas offer relaxation, while a concierge is available to help with activities. Currency exchange and luggage storage services are available at the front desk. The colonial-style Trian serves a daily Western buffet breakfast, and French cuisine and bay views are on offer at the 13th-floor Phoenix. Shichisai offers fresh Japanese dishes. Sky Bar Subaru has cocktails and panoramic views.
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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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    • Onsen Hotel Nakahara Bessou Nonsmoking, Earthquake retrofit
      Luxury
      A 5-minute walk from Tenmonkandori Tram Station, Nakahara Bessou offers Japanese-style and Western accommodations with a flat-screen TV and refreshing public hot-spring baths. JR Kagoshima Train Station is a 5-minute drive away. The building has been renovated with earthquake-proof construction and reopened in August, 2014. Japanese-style rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. All rooms include air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a fridge. The en suite bathroom comes with a bathtub and toilet. Nakahara Bessou Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Terukuni Shrine and a 5-minute drive from Shiroyama Park. Kagoshima Airport is a 50-minute drive away. Local souvenirs can be purchased at the gift shop and guests can relax with views of the traditional garden. Luggage storage and photocopying services are available at the front desk. Traditional multi-course meals are served for dinner and a Japanese set-menu for breakfast. All meals are offered at the dining room or the banquet room.
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