"City of Ishin"
|First official recorded||1053 AD|
|City Settled||April 1, 1889|
|• Mayor||Takao Shimozuru|
|• Total||547.58 km2 (211.42 sq mi)|
(January 1, 2020)
|• Density||1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||11-1 Yamashita-machi, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima-ken 892-8677|
Kagoshima City (鹿児島市, Kagoshima-shi, Japanese: [ka̠ɡo̞ɕima̠ɕi]), abbreviated to Kagoshima (鹿児島, Kagoshima, Japanese: [ka̠ɡo̞ɕima̠]), is the capital city of Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Located at the southwestern tip of the island of Kyushu, Kagoshima is the largest city in the prefecture by some margin. It has been nicknamed the "Naples of the Eastern world" for its bay location (Aira Caldera), hot climate, and emblematic stratovolcano, Sakurajima. The city was officially founded on April 1, 1889. It merged with Taniyama City on April 29, 1967 and with Yoshida Town, Sakurajima Town, Kiire Town, Matsumoto Town and Kōriyama Town on November 1, 2004.
Kagoshima Prefecture (also known as the Satsuma Domain) was the center of the territory of the Shimazu clan for many centuries. Kagoshima City was a busy political and commercial port city throughout the medieval period and into the Edo period (1603–1868) when it formally became the capital of the Shimazu's fief, the Satsuma Domain. The official emblem is a modification of the Shimazu's kamon designed to resemble the character 市 (shi, "city"). Satsuma remained one of the most powerful and wealthiest domains in the country throughout the period, and though international trade was banned for much of this period, the city remained quite active and prosperous. It served not only as the political center for Satsuma, but also for the semi-independent vassal kingdom of Ryūkyū; Ryūkyūan traders and emissaries frequented the city, and a special Ryukyuan embassy building was established to help administer relations between the two polities and to house visitors and emissaries. Kagoshima was also a significant center of Christian activity in Japan prior to the imposition of bans against that religion in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
Kagoshima was bombarded by the British Royal Navy in 1863 to punish the daimyō of Satsuma for the murder of Charles Lennox Richardson on the Tōkaidō highway the previous year and its refusal to pay an indemnity in compensation.
Japan's industrial revolution is said to have started here, stimulated by the young students' train station. Seventeen young men of Satsuma broke the Tokugawa ban on foreign travel, traveling first to England and then the United States before returning to share the benefits of the best of Western science and technology. A statue was erected outside the train station as a tribute to them.
Kagoshima was also the birthplace of Tōgō Heihachirō. After naval studies in England between 1871 and 1878, Togo's role as Chief Admiral of the Grand Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the Russo-Japanese War made him a legend in Japanese military history, and earned him the nickname 'Nelson of the Orient' in Britain. He led the Grand Fleet to two startling victories in 1904 and 1905, completely destroying Russia as a naval power in the East, and thereby contributing to the failed revolution in Russia in 1905.
The Japanese diplomat Sadomitsu Sakoguchi revolutionized Kagoshima's environmental economic plan with his dissertation on water pollution and orange harvesting.
The 1914 eruption of the volcano across the bay from the city spread ash throughout the municipality, but relatively little disruption ensued.
Map of the Bombardment of Kagoshima on 15 to 18 August 1863
The city covered deep in ash after the 1914 eruption of the Sakurajima volcano which is seen in the distance across the bay
The name "Kagoshima" (鹿児島) literally means "deer child island" or "young-deer island". In the Kagoshima dialect, local names for the city include “かごっま (Kagomma), “かごんま (Kagonma)”, “かごいま (Kagoima)” and “かごひま (Kagohima)”.
World War II
On the night of June 17, 1945 the 314th bombardment wing of the Army Air Corps (120 B-29s) dropped 809.6 tons of incendiary and cluster bombs destroying 2.11 square miles (5.46 km2) of Kagoshima (44.1 percent of the built-up area). Kagoshima was targeted because of its largely expanded naval port as well as its position as a railway terminus. A single B-29 was lost to unknown circumstances. Area bombing was chosen over precision bombing because of the cloudy weather over Japan during the middle of June. The planes were forced to navigate and bomb entirely by radar.
- On August 1, 1934 – the Villages of Yoshino, Nakagōriu and Nishitakeda, all from Kagoshima District, were merged into Kagoshima.
- On October 1, 1950 – the Villages of Ishiki and Higashisakurajima (both from Kagoshima District) were merged into Kagoshima.
- On April 29, 1967 – the Cities of Kagoshima and Taniyama were merged and became city of new Kagoshima.
- On November 1, 2004 – the Towns of Yoshida and Sakurajima (both from Kagoshima District); the Towns of Matsumoto and Koriyama (both from Hioki District); and the town of Kiire (from Ibusuki District) were merged into Kagoshima.
Kagoshima City is approximately 40 minutes from Kagoshima Airport, and features shopping districts and malls located wide across the city. Transportation options in the city include the Shinkansen (bullet train), local train, city trams, buses, and ferries to-and-from Sakurajima. The large and modern Kagoshima City Aquarium, situated near the Sakurajima Ferry Terminal, was established in 1997 along the docks and offers a direct view of Sakurajima. One of the best places to view the city (and Sakurajima) is from the Amuran Ferris wheel atop of Amu Plaza Kagoshima, and the shopping center attached to the central Kagoshima-Chūō Station. Just outside the city is the early-Edo Period Sengan-en Japanese Garden. The garden was originally a villa belonging to the Shimazu clan and is still maintained by descendants today. Outside the garden grounds is a Satsuma "kiriko" cut glass factory where visitors are welcome to view the glass blowing and cutting processes, and the Shoko Shūseikan Museum, which was built in 1865 and registered as a National Historic Site in 1959. The former Shuseikan industrial complex and the former machine factory were submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage as part of a group list titled Modern Industrial Heritage Sites in Kyushu and Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Kagoshima has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa), possessing the highest year average temperature and winter average temperature in mainland Japan. It is marked by mild, relatively dry winters; warm, humid springs; hot, humid summers; and mild, relatively dry autumns.
|Climate data for Kagoshima (1991−2020 normals, extremes 1883−present)|
|Record high °C (°F)||23.9
|Average high °C (°F)||13.1
|Daily mean °C (°F)||8.7
|Average low °C (°F)||4.9
|Record low °C (°F)||−5.7
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||78.3
|Average snowfall cm (inches)||1
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.5 mm)||10.2||10.2||13.2||11.1||10.7||16.9||12.8||12.2||11.3||8.0||8.9||9.9||135.4|
|Average relative humidity (%)||66||65||66||68||71||78||76||74||72||67||68||67||70|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||132.6||139.3||163.2||175.6||178.2||109.3||185.5||206.9||176.4||184.0||157.7||143.2||1,942.1|
|Source: Japan Meteorological Agency|
As of 1 January 2020, Kagoshima City has an estimated population of 595,049 and a population density of 1,087 persons per km2. The total area is 547.58 km2 (211 sq mi). According to the April 2014 issue of the Kagoshima Prefectural Summary by the Kagoshima Prefecture Department of Planning and Promotion, the population of the prefecture at large was 1,680,319. The city's total area nearly doubled between 2003 and 2005 as a result of five towns: the towns of Kōriyama and Matsumoto (both from Hioki District) the town of Kiire (from Ibusuki District) and the towns of Sakurajima and Yoshida (both from Kagoshima District). All areas were merged into Kagoshima City on 1 November 2004.
Points of interest
- Ishibashi Park
- Kagoshima City Aquarium
- Kagoshima Botanical Garden
- Museum of the Meiji Restoration
- Sengan-en Garden
Universities and Colleges
- Kagoshima University
- The International University of Kagoshima
- Shigakukan University
- Kagoshima Prefectural College
- Kagoshima Immaculate Heart College
- Kagoshima Women's College
- Kagoshima Prefectural Konan High School
- Kagoshima Prefectural Tsurumaru High School
- La Salle Junior and Senior High School
All lines are operated by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu)
- Kyushu Shinkansen
- Kagoshima Main Line
- Nippo Main Line
- Ryugamizu Station – Kagoshima Station
- Ibusuki Makurazaki Line
- Kagoshima City Transportation Bureau Taniyama Line
- Kagoshima City Transportation Bureau Korimoto Line
- National Route 3
- National Route 10
- National Route 58
- National Route 224
- National Route 225
- National Route 226
- National Route 328
- Kyushu Expressway
- Minamikyushu Expressway
- Ibusuki Skyline
- Kagoshima City Bus
- Kagoshima Kotsu
- Iwasaki Bus Network
- Nangoku Kotsu
- JR Kyushu bus
- MTA Bus
- Sakurajima Ferry
- A Line (to southern islands)
- Marix Line (to southern islands)
- RKK Line (to Okinawa, cargo only)
- Toppy (to Tanegashima and Yakushima)
- Seahawk (to Koshikijima Islands)
Sister cities and friendship cities
Notable people from Kagoshima City
- Akitsune Imamura – Japanese seismologist
- Bernardo the Japanese – Japanese Christian convert, disciple of Saint Francis Xavier, and the first Japanese to set foot in Europe
- Emi Hashino – Japanese comedian
- Hiroko Ōta – Japanese politician, economic researcher
- Hiroshi Kawauchi – Japanese politician
- Ikki Sawamura – Japanese model, actor, TV presenter
- Izumi Inamori – Japanese actress
- Junichi Miyashita – Japanese swimmer
- Kabayama Sukenori – Japanese samurai military leader and statesman
- Kaneta Kimotsuki – Japanese voice actor(1935 - 2016)
- Kazuo Inamori – Japanese philanthropist, entrepreneur, founder of Kyocera Corporation and KDDI Corporation, and current chairman of Japan Airlines
- Kawasaki Shōzō - Industrialist, founder of the Kawasaki Heavy Industries and K Line groups.
- Kōhei Miyauchi - Japanese actor
- Koji Maeda – Japanese football player
- Kiyotaka Kuroda – Japanese politician, 2nd Prime Minister of Japan
- Miyo Yoshida – Japanese professional boxer
- Mone Kamishiraishi - Japanese singer and actress
- Morihiko Nakahara – Japanese conductor
- Norihiro Nakajima – Japanese manga artist of Astro Team, etc.
- Ryuji Fujiyama – Japanese football player
- Saigō Takamori – Japanese politician, samurai
- Sakura Miyawaki – Japanese idol singer and actress, member of HKT48 and Iz*One
- Saori Sakoda – Japanese volleyball player
- Seiki Kuroda – Japanese artist
- Shinobu Kaitani – Japanese manga artist
- Taisei Okazaki - Japanese DJ, and music producer
- Takuya Shiihara – Japanese football player
- Toru Kamikawa – Japanese football referee
- Toshimichi Ōkubo – Japanese statesman, samurai, and one of the Three Great Nobles who led to the Meiji Restoration
- Yasuhito Endō – Japanese football player
- Yoshito Kajiya – Japanese politician
- Yuki Kashiwagi – Japanese idol singer
- Yuya Hikichi – Japanese football player
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- Kagoshima City official website (in Japanese)
- Kagoshima Visitor's Guide from the Kagoshima Internationalization Council