Discover the historic castle town of Kagoshima on this enlightening full-day tour. Located on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four major islands, Kagoshima was the first city to introduce western civilization to Japan, serving as the gateway for trade and exchange between Japan and the world. With a spectacular setting, Kagoshima looks out across the broad sweep of Kinko Bay to the brooding silhouette of Sakurajima, one of Japan's most active volcanoes. First, you will transfer by coach to the ferry terminal to Sakurajima lsland to view the lunar-like landscape and spectacular lava fields created by past eruptions. Stopping at the Arimura Lava Observatory, located on a small hill created by eruption in 1946, you will stroll along a short walkway, offering an excellent vantage point to observe the dynamic power of the volcano. Returning to Kagoshima by ferry, you will visit Onsen (hot springs) , one of the most popular itineraries for travelling in Japan. Kagoshima is famous for its abundant hot springs, and there are many hot springs Ashiyu (foot baths) around the prefecture. You will be visiting one of the foot baths with great scenery. Enjoy Ashiyu by removing your shoes and socks, and soaking your bare feet in the foot bath. The hot spring water warms your feet and improves blood circulation, helping to relax the body. Next you will go to Senganen, also called Iso Teien, a serene Japanese-style landscape garden constructed in 1660. Offering exquisite views of the bay and volcano, the former summer villa of the powerful Shimazu Clan includes artificial rivers and mountains, a bamboo grove, cascading waterfall and traditional poem-writing garden. Visit the Shoko Shuseikan Museum, Japan's first Western-style factory. Established by Lord Shimazu in 1852 to produce armaments, glass, ceramics and farm tools, it is now a museum detailing the 700-year Shimazu family history.
Please note: Foot bath experience is weather permitting. Bring local currency, a towel and wear comfortable walking shoes. At the garden there are stone steps, gravel and pavement mixed.