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Cruises to Kagoshima

Kagoshima (Photo:Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

About Kagoshima

Kagoshima is located on the southwest tip of Kyushu Island in Japan. Chances are, it will be either your first or last port in Japan, depending on the direction your ship is traveling. The region's largest city, it's home to about 600,000 people and one really big, active volcano. The climate is balmier than what you'll find in more northerly cities, so don't be surprised when you see palm trees.

Kagoshima has long been a thriving port town and managed to trade with the outside world even when international trade was banned, thanks to the powerful Shimazu clan, which ruled there for many centuries. The area is famous for its Kurobuta pork and shochu, a liquor distilled from sweet potatoes, sugarcane or grains.

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Seven Seas Explorer
Seven Seas Explorer

11 Night
Southeast Asia CruiseDetails

230 Reviews
Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Oct 7, 2024
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Azamara Quest
Azamara Quest

17 Night
Springtime In Asia VoyageDetails

696 Reviews
Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Azamara
Apr 18, 2023
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Insignia
Insignia

18 Night
Southeast Asia CruiseDetails

207 Reviews
Leaving:Hong Kong
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jun 2, 2023
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Regatta

77 Night
World CruiseDetails

386 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Oct 4, 2023
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12 Night
Hong Kong To Tokyo VoyageDetails

696 Reviews
Leaving:Hong Kong
Cruise Line:Azamara
Mar 7, 2023
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28 Night
Far East Discovery & China Explorer CollectorDetails

1,072 Reviews
Leaving:Singapore
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 20, 2024
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14 Night
China & JapanDetails

1,072 Reviews
Leaving:Hong Kong
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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16 Night
Far East CruiseDetails

233 Reviews
Leaving:Bali
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Mar 18, 2024
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Far East CruiseDetails

900 Reviews
Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
May 7, 2023
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28 Night
China, Japan, Taiwan & The Philippines CollectorDetails

1,072 Reviews
Leaving:Hong Kong
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 3, 2024
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Far East CruiseDetails

900 Reviews
Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 15, 2023
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14 Night
Southeast Asia CruiseDetails

386 Reviews
Leaving:Kobe
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
May 8, 2025
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Tokyo To Singapore CruiseDetails

45 Reviews
Leaving:Tokyo
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Aug 12, 2023
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92 Night
Grand Pacific ExplorerDetails

494 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Sep 11, 2024
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Far East CruiseDetails

1,714 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Apr 6, 2024
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More about Kagoshima

Why go to Kagoshima?

Pros:

The port is conveniently placed for day tours to the spectacular lava fields of Sakurajima volcano

Cons:

It is roughly 6 kilometers south of the city center and there are no subway stations nearby

Bottom Line:

Modern port with a picturesque coastal park, all in walking distance of shops and restaurants

Kagoshima Cruise Port Facilities?

Your ship will be docked about five miles south of the city center. The local tourist authority mans a small information center on the pier and usually operates shuttle buses to the downtown area; taxis are also available, but they're pricey.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Yen is the currency used in Japan.

Language?

Japanese is the official language.


Kagoshima Cruise Reviews
Kagoshima Scenic Ride - included 3 hour tour We visited Shroyama Park where we enjoyed views of Kagoshima and sakurajima volcano spewing ash. We then stopped at the Reimeikan museum to view cultural artifacts. The eRead More
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GVHarrier
Kagoshima has an active volcano that erupts up to 300 times a year, so good chance of actually seeing eruption while there for the day if lucky to witness. Eruption is brief so must spot before cloud of smoke dissipaRead More
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gslvanbc
First time to Kagoshima. Took the extra bus (€15) into town rather than the taxi and this was better value. Nice place to visit.Read More
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easyonthegas
It's a very beautiful city with the views of the volcano that was active when we were there.Read More
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