Best way to travel Kumamoto – Kagoshima

Kagoshima - Modern Japan

Kagoshima (鹿児島) is one of the greatest fun place in Japan. It is located in southern part of Kyushu Island and best known for Sakurajima (桜島), an active volcano.

If you are in Kumamoto and planning to visit Kagoshima, then, here are all the tips you’ll need to know for your first visit to Kagoshima from Kumamoto.




Japanese Meal




Bullet Trains

Express Bus

How to get in: Public Transport


There are various ways to visit Kagoshima from Kyushu but there are only 2 ways to travel to Kagoshima from Kumamoto.

Bus: Time-table

If you love to feel natural beauty while traveling then, we personally recommend you to go by Bus. There is a bus i.e. Kirishima-go (きりしま号) which goes to Kagoshima from Kumamoto city, providing a 3 hours 30 minutes journey in the lap of nature.

Bus Route-Stops :

Kirishima-go” Bus depart from Kumamoto Sta. and goes via Kumamoto Sakuramachi BT and Kumamoto Airport.

  • Depart from Kumamoto Sta. 
  • Depart from Kumamoto Sakuramachi BT 
  • Arrive at Kagoshima Port

Bus Fare:

  • Kumamoto – Kagoshima Airport: 3,250 Yen/ Person
  • Kumamoto – Kagoshima Port: 3,770 Yen/ Person

※Bullet Train fares varies to buy online or to buy from ticket counter. More details, visit JR Kyushu Shinkansen

List of best Sightseeing Spots:

There are many power spots, shrines and temples that attract visitors. The mysterious feature is gaining popularity for a tourist spot not only in Japan but also from Overseas. So, you must visit when you get chance to come here.


The photo has been taken from Kagoshima Port. There is Sakurajima Ferry which connect Sakurajima and Kagoshima City. More details Click..

Caution : We personally feel DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS because Sakurajima is essentially an active volcano so, there is constant ash in the air.

Dolphin Port: 

It is at just 2 minutes of walking distance from Kagoshima Port. Just come to Dolphin Port and have rest with coffee or sweets. There are many restaurants, coffee shops offer various local cousins and local products as a souvenir. Click..

The view from Dolphin Port is just amazing. You can enjoy foot-bath with a amazing view of Sakurajima.

Sakurajima View from Dolphin Port

Bell of Happiness  
Please look the view at your front
Ring the bell twice 
Do just one time bow

Oh! I just forget to say, there is one thing that you must try. Although it is written is Japanese only but let me try to explain…

Kagoshima City Aquarium:

If you have time then, must visit this place. What a fun, performing various Dolphin’s. More details “Kagoshima City Aquarium“. Click..

Kagoshima City Aquarium

Kagoshima Chuo Station Area:

There are JR train, Shinkansen, Shopping Center, varieties of Restaurant and Souvenir shops inside the Kagoshima Chuo Station. Please refer below image to find some other hot spots, if you have time please take around.

The downtown of the Kagoshima. It has restaurants, shops, Karaoke Place. You must take a walk around here. It is very close to Dolphin Port at just 10 minutes walking distance.

General Information:

There is some other important information that will help you when you visit for the first time to Kagoshima.

Machi-meguri Bus:

Wow! this Machi-meguri Bus (まち巡りバス) is a great fun and the best way to do Kagoshima city sightseeing. It covers 19 major spots such as, Tenmonkan, Shiroyama, Kagoshima City Aquarium & Sakurajima Ferry Terminal, Saigo cave and much more.. Click..

The fare is just 170 Yen (for any stop) but it is better to buy 1-Day pass which cost just 500 Yen. More details, please Click..


Kagoshima is known for its great regional cuisines like sweet potatoes (satsumaimo), Kurobuta (black pork), Kuroushi (black beef). Also, there are a lot of souvenirs like; confections made from sweet potatoes, shirokuma ice dessert (Berkshire Pork).

Tourists must try “Saigo Donburi”. It has of black pork, chicken wings, black beef, egg, ginger and more.. The taste is just WOW! It is in Kagoshima Chuo Station, inside of Gourmet nearby information center.

Saigo Donburi Lunch


If you are going for same day tour for Kagoshima, or, you are on business tour and have only few hours but don’t know what to do? Then we would recommend you to take a ride on Machi-meguri Bus, buy one day pass and visit the spots of your own choice.

But, it is worth to stay there for 1-2 nights and enjoy beaches and must visit “Amami Island“. Hope it will help you in traveling from Kumamoto to Kagoshima and how to enjoy there! Have a nice journey!

Link & Resources:

Kyushu Bus Booking

Online booking site of express/highway/night buses

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