Kagoshima is a historical city watched over by the looming bulk of Sakurajima (桜島), an active volcano that regularly dumps ash over the city and erupts a bit every now and then to remind people it’s still there. The home of near-mythical samurai hero Saigo Takamori, it’s full of sites related to the Satsuma Rebellion.

Sakurajima, Kagoshima’s temperamental (and active) volcano can be reached by ferry in a matter of minutes. Face your fear and get up close and personal – just don’t wear too much white, as the ash will leave you looking slightly grey. Yunohira Lookout is a two hours hike or 15 minutes drive from Sakurajima harbor and gives you a good view both to Kagoshima harbor and Sakurajima volcano. There are also a couple of other lookout points, where you can take a closer look at the volcano. Because Sakurajima is essentially an active volcano, remember that tourists are forbidden to go within 2 km of the crater.

Tsurumaru Castle Once the castle of the Shimazu clan who governed the Satsuma domain till the Meiji Restoration, it was destroyed during the Satsuma Rebellion. The only parts remaining today are the wall and the moat. Since it’s around so many sights and monument around Kagoshima, it’s a nice sight to see and it contains the Reimeikan.

Kagoshima Prefectural Museum of Culture (Reimeikan)
Beautiful museum with nice expositions retracing the origin and evolution of the first habitants of the southern Kyushu area till the Meiji restoration. Generic information is available in english but for more details about the differents pieces contained in the exposition, a Japanese reading friend should be brought to fully enjoy all the information available.…WikiTravel


16 Feb

Slightly increased volcanic activity has been reported at Mount Io in southwest Japan. (NHK)

10 Feb

A green turtle died as oil reached the southern Amami-Oshima Island coast, the local government said Thursday, but it was not clear whether the oil came from an Iranian tanker that sank in nearby waters last month. (Japan Times)

4 Feb

Japan’s space agency has successfully test-launched a mini-rocket carrying a microsatellite. (NHK)

2 Feb

Oily objects that may have come from a tanker that sank off a southwestern island in Japan has reached the Japanese coast. (NHK)

22 Jan

A male teen held for allegedly stabbing a female high school student in the city of Kagoshima earlier this month told police his target “could be anyone,” investigative sources said Sunday. (Japan Times)

19 Jan

Shining night clouds were observed in skies over wide areas of western Japan after a rocket lifted off from southern Japan early on Thursday. (NHK)

18 Jan

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, successfully launched on Thursday its third Epsilon small rocket carrying an Earth observation satellite. (Jiji)

16 Jan

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said Monday it will postpone the Wednesday launch of its third Epsilon solid-fuel rocket due to expected bad weather. (Japan Times)

4 Jan

Kumamoto Prefectural Police have arrested a 47-year-old man over the stabbing death of his father at their residence in Kumamoto City, reports TBS News (tokyoreporter.com)

23 Dec

Japan’s Emperor Akihito turned 84 on Saturday. (NHK)

6 Dec

“Manhole cards,” an increasingly popular item for collectors and featuring pictures of manholes with unique local designs, are set to cover all 47 prefectures of Japan. (Jiji)

17 Nov

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have begun a three-day trip to remote islands in southwestern Japan. (NHK)

20 Oct

Japan’s volcanic eruption prediction committee offered the view Thursday that a major eruption may occur at Mount Shinmoe in the southwestern region of Kyushu. (Jiji)

16 Oct

The government expanded the no-go zone around Mt Shinmoe in Kyushu on Sunday as volcanic activities intensified. (Japan Today)

14 Oct

Japan’s Meteorological Agency says a volcano in the country’s southwest has erupted again, following an eruption on Wednesday. (NHK)

12 Oct

A volcano in southwestern Japan is erupting for the first time in six years and spread ash in nearby cities and towns. (Japan Today)

6 Sep

Japan’s first private-sector effort to build rocket-launching facilities is underway as new aerospace legislation paves the way for meeting growth in demand for small observation satellites. (Nikkei)

31 Aug

Ammunition and a hand grenade were found in garbage brought into a waste-processing facility on the island of Amami Oshima last week, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

14 Aug

Nine people died and around 30 sustained injuries while engaging in leisure activities at sea, on mountains or at other spots Sunday, when people were taking advantage of the Bon holiday season, according to a tally compiled by Kyodo News. (Japan Times)

10 Aug

Rest your body and wallet as you travel half-way across the country in your sleep. (rocketnews24.com)

5 Aug

People in western Japan are bracing for another violent storm. Typhoon Noru is bringing powerful winds and heavy rain. Two people have died, and 12 others have been injured. (NHK)

31 Jul

Fukuoka Prefectural Police on Saturday arrested one of their own on suspicion of possession of marijuana. (Japan Today)

31 Jul

A 7-year-old boy fell to his death from the 8th floor of a Kagoshima prefectural housing complex on Sunday. (Japan Today)

23 Jul

Smugglers are suspected of using a new method to get gold bars into Japan. They are hiding them behind the toilet walls on low-cost carrier aircraft that fly both international and domestic routes. (NHK)

11 Jul

A strong earthquake has struck Kagoshima prefecture in southwestern Japan.