The Best of Kagoshima
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 7 Hours
From Kagoshima port, you will drive to the Satsuma Peninsula.
Here, you will view the outside of a historical Samurai house at Chiran. The Samurai residences in Chiran were constructed during the Edo Period. Japan was then governed by the Tokugawa Shogunate, and local lords were appointed to govern each respective fiefdom. Kagoshima, where Chiran is located, was governed by the Lord Shimazu of the Satsuma Clan. Several samurai residences with nicely harmonized gardens are laid out along the street and are designated a National Cultural Properties.
Next, you will tour the Chiran Peace Museum, not far from the Samurai houses. This museum explores the background of Japan's kamikaze pilots. They trained nearby before embarking on suicide missions against Allied sea vessels. The museum includes photos and final letters of the young pilots, many of whom were teenagers, and it makes a plea for World Peace.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit the Sengan-en Garden, or the Iso Garden, constructed by Shimazu Mitsuhisa. Weather permitting, take in the distant view of Sakurajima Island beyond Kagoshima Bay.
You will also visit the Shoko Shuseikan Museum adjacent to the Iso Garden. In the 1850s it was a factory producing armaments and promoting the weapons industry. It was the largest in the country at the time and had a work force of 1,200. Today it is a museum paying homage to the 700-year history of the Shimazu family.
Return to pier and your ship.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.