Head to Mt. Shiroyama, a small mountain with plenty of Mother Nature of Kagoshima. The panoramic view of the city of Kagoshima from the observation point spreads out before you. It is also known as the site of the Satsuma Rebellion in modern Japanese history, and many historic landmarks associated with the great figure, Kagoshima-born Takamori Saigo, remain.
This was the settlement in Japan for English engineers who guided the construction of Japan’s first cotton mill in 1867 at the end of the Tokugawa Era. It has been registered as a World Heritage site as an extremely precious group of wooden Western-style buildings at an early stage of a new era.
A villa belonging to the Shimazu clan, an influential ruling family of the Edo Era. Explore the historic sites that exist on its large grounds and tour the palace (exterior) that was resided by the last feudal lord of the Shimazus, Tadayoshi Shimazu, as well as the Japanese garden with the island of Sakurajima in the background. Within the garden, there are several restaurants so lunch here is recommended.