Popular sightseeing spots in Kagoshima prefecture
Kagoshima is located in the south part of Kyushu island, consisted of 2 main peninsulas "Satsuma peninsula", "Okuma peninsula" and isolated islands. There is the ancient battlefield Shiroyama (a former battlefield) of Seinan War. The special products in here are Oshima pongee, Satsuma porcelain, Shochu (Japanese spirits), Karukan (steamed sweet bun made from grated yam and rice flour) and Sakurajima radish.
It used to be Shimazu-Han (clan) which was adopted Western culture and also called "Satsuma". Even now people understand where it is when we say "Satsuma". The effort to adopt Western culture was actually contributed a lot for the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Thanks to the location of being close to China, Korea and South-East Asia, the clan created their original history / culture having strong connection with foregone cultures and influences.
Kagoshima prefecture acroases 600km from north to south and very warm due to the geography. There are many remarkable sightseeing places such as Yakushima island which is registered The World Natural Heritage, other unique islands, Sakurajima islands which is famous for active volcano, beautiful woods and hot springs. This prefecture is full of natures, unique history and culture. Also this is the only place where the space rocket is launched.
Kagoshima Airport is the base of South Kyushu area and there are many domestic (Tokyo, Osaka, other main cities and islands) and 2 international (Shanghai and Seoul) flights.