Transportation | Getting Around KAGOSHIMA

Getting Around KAGOSHIMA

AIR

Airplane connections to Kagoshima’s Southern Islands run everyday from Kagoshima airport.

Destinations Flight company Time Required One-way fare (\) normal Flights (each day)
From Kagoshima
Tanegashima JAC 40min 10,160 5
Yakushima JAC 40min 11,370 6
Tokunoshima JAC 1hours 22,500 2
Amami Oshima JAC
JAL
1hours 19,500 5
Kikaijima JAC 1hours 15min 20,620 2
Okinoerabu JAC 1hours 30min 24,950 3
Yoron JAC 1hours 50min 26,300 1
From Amami Oshima
Kikaijima JAC 20min 7,370 3
Okinoerabu JAC 35min 14,030 1
Tokunoshima JAC 35min 10,830 2
Yoron JAC 1hours 25min 14,030 1
From Okinoerabu
Yoron JAC 25min 7,800 1

BUS

City Buses
There are 4 bus companies in Kagoshima: Shiei Bus (Kagoshima City bus), Kagoshima Kotsu Bus, Nangoku Kotsu Bus and JR bus. The majority of buses running throughout Kagoshima City are Shiei buses (City bus) which are operated by the City. The minimum adults fare is \180. One day travel cards (\600) which are also valid on the tram and City tour bus “Kagoshima City View”, can be purchased in a bus or tourist office. The buses run from 06:00 to 22:30.

Company Destinations
Shiei Bus (City Bus) Around Kagoshima City
Kagoshima Kotsu Southern Kagoshima (Ibusuki, Hirakawa)
Nangoku Kotsu Around Kagoshima City (Ijuin, Kamou)
JR Kyushu Bus Around Kagoshima City

TRAIN & TRAM

Tram
A tram is the easiest and cheapest way of moving around down town. There are two tram lines in Kagoshima. One line is from Kagoshima station to Taniyama, and the other is from Kagoshima station to Korimoto via Kagoshima Chuo station There is a flat fee of \ 160 per ride. If you get a 1 day travel card (\600), you can get on and get off at any time. It is valid on the City bus and sightseeing round bus “Kagoshima City View”. The trams run every day from 06:00 to 23:00.
How to get on a tram: Get on from back door and take a ticket near the door. When you get off, put your fare in the fare box next to the driver and get off from the front door.

Train
Traveling by train allows you to enjoy Kagoshima’s town views and the beautiful coast line during your journey. Trains run throughout Kagoshima and the rest of Kyushu island. There are two principal train stations in Kagoshima City: Kagoshima Chuo station and Kagoshima station. Kagoshima Chuo station is the largest and most used train station. Tickets and schedules can be obtained at the stations.

FERRY

There are many ferries which arrive and depart from Kagoshima surrounded as it is by the ocean. There are four ferry ports in Kagoshima City. Every year, World class passenger ships from around the world also arrive into the port of Kagoshima city.。

Port Destinations
Kagoshima Port North pier Kikaijima, Amami Oshima, Tokunoshima, Okinoerabu,
Yakushima (Express), Tanegashima (Express)
Kagoshima Port South pier Mishima, Toshima, Tanegashima, Yakushima
Kagoshima New Port Amami Oshima, Tokunoshima, Okinoerabu, Yoron and Okinawa
Sakurajima Pier Sakurajima
Kamoike Port Tarumizu

Short Distance Ferry
Everyday many people who travel or live in Sakurjima and Osumi peninsula commute by ferry to Kagoshima City. To go to Mt. Sakurajima, you take a ferry from the Saikurajima Sanbashi Terminal near Kagoshima City Aquarium. Taking a ferry at sunset is the most gorgeous time to view the beautifuly tinted Sakurajima and the city lights. For Tarumizu in Osumi peninsula, take a ferry from Kamoike Port which is in the south of the city (about 20 min drive South of down town).

Sakurajima
Sakurajima Ferry (run Everyday 24 hours)
Every 10 minutes in daytime, Every 30 min. or 1 hour in night time. It takes about 13 minutes.
Fare: Children \80 / Adults \150
Port: Sakurajima Ferry Terminal
Tarumizu
Tarumizu Ferry (06:00 ~ 22:30)
Every 25 min./ Time required 35 min
Fare: Children \160 / Adults \360
Port: Kamoike Ferry

Ferry to the Southern Islands
A voyage to the islands by ferry will take much longer than a plane but it’s an excellent way to spend your time. Ferries for the islands depart from two ports: Kagoshima port and Kagoshima New Port

Kagoshima port Yakushima, Tanegashima, Mishima, Tokara
Kagoshima New port Amami Oshima, Kikaijima, Tokunoshima, Okinoerabujima, Yoron

TAXI & RENT-A- CAR

Taxi
Taxi are plentiful and reasonably priced and drivers are on the whole fairly honest. The meter starts at \560.

Rent-a-Car
You can rent a car in Japan, if you have an international driving license. Many rent-a-Car shops are around Kagoshima airport and Kagoshima-chuo station.

Eki Rent-a-car Kagoshima 099-258-1412
Japaren Kyushu 099-225-0390
Toyota Renta Lease Kagoshima Office 099-268-0100
Nissan Car Lease Kagoshima Office 099-286-4723
Harz Rent-a-Car 099-256-0082
Nippon Rent-a-Car Kagoshima Office 099-258-3336

Rent-a-bike
Traveling around by bicycle is the one of the best ways to see Kagoshima City. It is easy , cheap and you can enjoy things at your pace. Get off the main road and explore Kagoshima City. There are cycling shops near kagoshima-chuo station, Kagoshima station and Tenmonkan (down town). About 1,000 yen for a day.

Wakamatsu Bicycle (near Kagoshima Chuo Sta.) 099-254-3045
Tomihara Bicycle (near Tenmonkan) 099-226-0430
Takeshita Bicycle (near Kagoshima Sta.) 099-222-0268
JR Kyushu Rent-a-bike “Raku-Chari” (Kagoshima Chuo Sta. 1F) 099-253-2500

SIGHTSEEING BUS

Kagoshima City Sightseeing Bus
“Kagoshima City View”

The wooden antique design buses take you around sightseeing spots in Kagoshima city. The bus completes the tour in approximately one hour. If you get a 1 day travel card, you can get on and get off anytime and anywhere. This bus is for people who wish travel at their own pace. It is cheap and convenient.

Route 1
“Shiroyama / Iso”
Kagoshima Chuo Station – Museum of the Meiji Restoration – St Xavier Park – Statue of Takamori Saigo – Monument of Satsuma Gishi – Saigo’s Cave – Shiroyama – Nanshu Park – Senganen (Iso Garden) – Ishibashi Park – Kagoshima Aquarium – Dolphin Port – Tenmonkan – Kagoshima Chuo Station
Hours 09:00 ~ 17:00 Everyday
Numbers of bus total 17 buses (every 30 min)
Fare \180 / 1 day pass: \600
Info Kagoshima City Transport / 099-253-2500

* Tour bus with guide, but only in Japanese

Kagoshima City Tour Bus(3.30 hours)

Route Kagoshima Chuo Station – Museum of the Meiji Restration – St. Xavier Park – Terukuni Shrine – Statue of Saigo Takamori – Monument of Satsuma Gishi – Shiroyama – Saigo Cave – Nanshu Cemetery – Senganen (Iso Garden) – Ishibashi Park – Tenmonkan – Kagoshima Chuo Station
Departure (1) 9:05 am (2) 1:45 pm Everyday
Meeting Place Kagoshima Chuo Station, East-8 bus stop
Cost Adults \2200 / Children \1200
Info Tourist Information Center / 099-253-2500
Kagoshima City Transport / 099-257-2111

Kagoshima & Sakurajima Tour Bus(5 hours 10 minuts) * Need a reservation

Route Kagoshima Chuo Station – Terukuni shrine – Statue of Saigo Takamori – Shiroyama – Saigo Cave – Senganen (Iso Garden) – Sakurajima pier (Ferry) – Sakurajima port – Buried Shrine Gate – Arimura & Yunohira Observation Platforms – Yogan Pottery kiln – (Ferry) – Tenmokan – Kagoshima Chuo Station
Departure 8:50 am Everyday
From Kagoshima Chuo Station, East-9 bus stop
Cost Adults \4000 / Children \2000
Info Tourist Information Center / 099-253-2500
JR Kyushu Bus / 099-247-5244

Kagoshima & Sakurajima Short Tour Bus(3 hours 30 minutes) * Need a reservation

Route Kagoshima Chuo Station – Statue of Saigo Takamori – Saigo Cave – Shiroyama – Sakurajima pier (Ferry) – Sakurajima port – Yunohira Observation platform – (Ferry) – Senganen (Iso Garden) – Kagoshima Chuo Station
Departure 8:40 am & 1:20 pm Everyday
(In February & June, Morning tour bus only Weekend & holidays)
From Kagoshima Chuo Station, East-8 bus stop
Cost Adults \2700 / Children \1350
Info Tourist Information Center / 099-253-2500
JR Kyushu Bus / 099-247-5244

Sakurajima Nature Sightseeing Tour Bus(3 hours 30 minutes)

Route Kagoshima Chuo Station – Waterfront – Sakurajima ferry – Sakurajima port – Yunohira Observation platform – Hamabira mulberry grove – Buried Shrine Gate – Tabi no Sato – Arimura Lava Observation point – Monument of Hayashi Fumiko – Sakurajima ferry – Tenmonkan – Kagoshima Chuo Station
Departure (1) 9:00 am (2)1:40 pm Everyday
From Kagoshima Chuo Station, East-8 bus stop
Cost Adults \2200 / Children \1200
* Travel from/to Sakurajima pier:
Adults \ 1700 / Children \850
Info Tourist Information Center / 099-253-2500
Kagoshima City Transport / 099-257-2111

Sakurajima Round Tour Bus(6hours)

Route Kagoshima Chuo Sta. (or you can get on at Tenmonkan and Kagoshima Aquarium) – Sakurajima Pier – (Sakurajima ferry) – Sakurajima port – Yunohira Observation platform – Sakurajima pottery kiln – Monument of Hayashi Fumiko – Buried Shrine Gate – Tarumizu port – (Tarumizu Ferry) – Kamoike Port – Kagoshima Chuo sta. – Tenmonkan – (or you can get off at Kagoshima Airport (16:30))
Departure 9:30 am at Kagoshima Chuo Station
From Kagoshima Chuo Station Bus terminal
Cost Adults \1900 / Children \950
(To Airport: Adults \2900 / Children \1450)
Info Tourist Information Center / 099-253-2500
Kagoshima Kotsu / 099-247-2333

Ibusuki & Chiran Round Tour Bus(From Kagoshima city) (9 hours)

Route Tenmonkan (in front of the Iwasaki Hotel) – Kagoshima Chuo Station – Ibusuki Station – Ibusuki Iwasaki Hotel – Shochu Factory – Nagasakibana cape – Flower Park Kagoshima – Mt. Kaimon – Lake Ikeda – Peace Museum – Chiran Samurai Houses – Kagoshima Chuo Station (17:30) – Tenmonkan (17:40) – Kagoshima Airport (18:30)
Departure 8:50 a.m. at Tenmonkan everyday
From Tenmonkan, Kagoshima Chuo Bus Terminal or Ibusuki Train station
Cost Adults \4500 / Children \2360
(To Airport: Adults \5500 / Children \2860)
Info Tourist Information Center / 099-253-2500
Kagoshima Kotsu / 099-247-2333

Sights

Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park &Foot Spa

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Hirakawa Zoo

Hirakawa Zoo

Over 200 kinds animals including koalas, Pol...

Nitta Shrine (新田神社)

Nitta Shrine (新田神社)

Nitta Jinja is located on the top of 70 mete...

Crane Observatory Center

Crane Observatory Center

The center open only during the winter from ...

Semi-submersible ship  “Sata-dei-Go”

Semi-submersible ship “Sata-de...

View colorful fish and corals of the beautif...

Udon noodle in Sakurajima ferry

Udon noodle in Sakurajima ferry

Japanese noodle "udon" has a simple taste, b...

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