Japan Drive Route Guide

Area
Kyushu
Travel Period
2D1N
Route
4603
Overview
Start
Kagoshima
Goal
Kagoshima
Way
return_trip
Travel Pace
relaxing
Distance
190 km
Rank
Highway fee
¥ 1,950
About this route
This is a 2 day 1 night driving route from Kagoshima to the famous Onsen resort Kirishima. The total driving distance is only about 190km and the travel pace is very relaxing. The highlights of this route is Senganen, Sakurajima ferry cruise and hiking atEbino highland. Recommended food are umberjack fish at an unknown fisherman's restaurant in Sakurajima and Black Pork in Kirishima. In spring, you can enjoy cherry blossoms and wisteria. In autumn, you can enjoy colored ginkgo trees However, if you extend your trip 1 more day, you can travel to Ibusuki town to visit there famous sand-bath and Osumi peninsula which includes Ogawa falls with Route4606. Highly recommended.

Kagoshima

rental_car
393 575 379*15
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Kirishima

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376 204 613*47
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Sengan-en and Shoko Shuseikan Museum

sightseeing
42 099 585*50
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Ajidokoro Okan

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393 414 066*86
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Tsubobatake

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216 338 169*80
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Kirishima

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376 204 613*47
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Kagoshima

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393 575 379*15
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Kirishima Shrine

sightseeing
376 089 354
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Ryumon Falls(Kagoshima)

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42 590 608*41
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Shiroyama Park Observation Deck

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42 036 186
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Day. 1Kagoshima to Kirishima
This journey takes you from Kagoshima to Kirishima. You can have a relaxing day because the mileage is only about 100km. The main highlight of this day has to be the Senganen Garden(仙巌園). There is the house of the Shimazu family who strongly contributed to the Japan modernization and you can enjoy an idyllic Sakurajima view from their beautiful garden. After that, you can take the Sakurajima Ferry from Kagoshima Ferry Terminal to Sakurajima Ferry Terminal. It is a 15min cruise. They are operating 70 cruises, 24/24 hours and you don’t need to make reservation. You can check how to take it with Kagoshima Ferry Terminal(鹿児島フェリーターミナル) page. Once you reach Sakurajima island, let' s drive to the Yunohira Observatory(湯之平展望所) at the bottom of Mt.Sakurajima. Today's recommended lunch is at the secret fisherman's restaurants which are unknown by foreign tourists. Their ambejack fish are amazing. Please check the map. After that, let's stop by the Tsubobatake(坂元のくろず壺畑情報館) where black vinegar has been produced in a traditional way for more than 200 years. Then, you can head to the Kirishima (霧島) area which has many other sightseeing spots like a farm, a highland, a park where Onsen steam blows out from the ground, and so on. At night, please take a rest at a traditional Onsen in Kirishima. In addition, be assured that there are amazing azelea places in spring and some colored Ginkgo trees forests. If you travel in spring or autumn, our daily driving map will guide you directly to these spots.
Rent a car at Kagoshima
Return a car at Kagoshima If you choose "One way route", you need to return your rental car at Kagoshima city. Below 2 branches are recommended. ①Kagoshima Chuo Station East Exit Branch : For travelers who take Shinkansen(Bullet train) to Fukuoka. ②Kagoshima Airport Branch : For travelers who take international or domestic flight from Kagoshima airport.
Stay at Kirishima
You will stay in Kirishima(霧島) on this day. Kirishima is a very famous hot spring resort. You can choose from a reasonable 3-star ryokan to a 5-star ryokan which provide you a wonderful dinner and an amazing Onsen facilities. Kirishima area is consider as countryside. Restaurants, shops and convenience stores are very limited and difficult to find place to have dinner and breakfast. Don't forget to book plan with dinner and breakfast. Most of accommodations don't charge parking fee.
Day. 2Kirishima to Kagoshima
Today the journey will take you from Kirishima to Kagoshima. You can have a relaxing day because the mileage is only about 100km. If you are an onsen lover it is good idea to enjoy it in the morning before your departure. The first destination is Kirishima Jingu Shrine(霧島神宮). In the morning, there are few tourists allowing you to feel the solemn atmosphere. Kirishima Open Air Museum(霧島アートの森) or trekking at Ebino Kogen Plateau(えびの高原) are also recommended but more time is required, so please control your schedule. You have many lunch options such as a. nice atmosphere cafe, Black Pork, ramen, revolving sushi and so on today. Let's find your favorite from our recommendation located in MyMap. After lunch you can stop by Ryumon Falls(龍門滝) and then head to Kagoshima city. If you haven't visit Sengan-en(仙巌園), it is highly recommended to reach there at least 1 hour before closing time. The final destination is Shiroyama Park Observation Deck(城山公園展望台). You will be amazed with Sakurajima, the symbol of Kagoshima, lluminated by the setting sun and night view of Kagoshima city.
Return a car at Kagoshima
Return a car at Kagoshima If you choose "One way route", you need to return your rental car at Kagoshima city. Below 2 branches are recommended. ①Kagoshima Chuo Station East Exit Branch : For travelers who take Shinkansen(Bullet train) to Fukuoka. ②Kagoshima Airport Branch : For travelers who take international or domestic flight from Kagoshima airport.

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Route numberStart cityGoal cityWayTravel PaceDistanceRankHighway feeDetail
4602KagoshimaKagoshimareturn_triprelaxing210 km¥ 300check
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