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Kagoshima Highlights (6 Hours 30 Minutes)

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Kagoshima, Japan

Valid for Travel Now Through: 08 Dec 2018

Kagoshima Highlights (6 Hours 30 Minutes)

Kagoshima, Japan

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Kagoshima prefecture is located at the south end of Kyushu, which is the southernmost of the four main islands in Japan. Since ancient times, it has created a unique history and culture, such as the islands including a registered world natural heritage site, Yakushima Island, active volcanoes such as Sakurajima, lush forests, and abundant hot springs. It is rich with nature, unique history and culture in an expansive land that spans 600 kilometers from north to south with a mild climate.

It is a short drive to Senganen Garden where your guide will give you some history of this, thought of as one of the best Japanese Gardens in Kyushu Island. This garden, which was constructed in 1658, used to be the residence of the Shimazu clan, who were powerful Samurai from Kagoshima.

Senganen has a variety of trees and plants that make the garden scenery interesting in all four seasons. There are a number of cherry trees, especially of the early flowering kanhizakura variety, which open as early as late January. Other cherry tree varieties provide flowers through mid April. Regardless of the timing of your visit, you will enjoy it.

A stop for a typical local Japanese lunch back in Kagoshima will follow before you board a ferry to see Mt. Sakurajima. Sakurajima volcano in southern Kyushu is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and one of the few that are at present in constant activity. The volcano is located across Kagoshima Bay only 8 km east of the city of Kagoshima with a population of half a million. Sakurajima's eruptive history has been recorded since the 8th century.

Once your ferry docks you will be transferred to the Arimura Lava Observatory for a tour.
The observatory is on a hill that was formed from lava flow from the great eruption of 1914.
There is a 1 km path that allows you to see geographical features and vegetation resulting from the lava flow. This volcano is still active with its last eruption to date in 2014.

Your stay on Mt. Sakurajima is approximately one hour, with the ferry another 30 minutes each way. We return you to your starting point at this time.

Departures:
09:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Lunch is included in the tour.
- Admissions to sites mentioned are included in the tour.
- There is some easy walking involved in this tour. Please dress comfortably.
- Please note, that we have limited English speaking guides and this tour must be booked well in advance.

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