Kagoshima , Japan - Far East Cruises

Located on the southern tip of Kyushu, Kagoshima provides spectacular scenery - from rugged mountains and rivers to bubbling hot springs, as well as a wide variety of flora and fauna. 

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Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • City of Kagoshima

    Human spirit within the beauty of nature.

    City of Kagoshima

    Soak up the sights of downtown Kagoshima as you travel to the Iso Gardens. Make a brief stop at the site of the former military school where the walls are scarred with 100 year old marks from bullets and cannon balls fired during the WWI almost 100 years ago.

    Iso Gardens was used as a summer home by the Shimazu Lords, and this lovely park area is now recognised as one of Japan’s most well laid out gardens. Take a leisurely walk through the grounds and admire the scenic backdrop of Mount Sakurajima and Kinko Bay.

    Pass by the ruins of Kagoshima Castle before arriving at Shiroyama Observation Deck. Rising from the heart of the city is Shiroyama Hill, the park is a natural refuge from city life and a symbol of Kagoshima. This was the final battleground of the Satsuma Rebellion and has been designated as a national historic site. The entire mountain is covered with over 600 species of subtropical plants. After a short walk through the subtropical vegetation, you will reach the observation platform which offers a splendid view of the city’s great landmark, Mount Sakurajima.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour. Guests are advised to carry local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    KAG_003

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Sakurajima

    See the destructive force of an active volcano.

    Sakurajima

    Mount Sakurajima dominates the skyline above Kagoshima City and is said to change its colours seven times during the course of a day. A 15 minute ferry ride will take you to Sakurajima Island where you can view the volcano’s vast lava fields that were caused by three major past eruptions. The most violent eruption occurred in 1914 when a lava flow of over three billion tonnes destroyed numerous villages.

    Visit one of the observatories where you can view the barren mountain slopes and vast lava field. Mount Sakurajima's fertile areas produce two well-known products, the Sakurajima Daikon, a basketball sized white radish and the Komikan, the world's smallest tangerine.

    The Shimazu clan ruled the castle town of Kagoshima from 1341 until 1868 during the feudal age. During the mid 17th Century the lord of the Shimazu created Iso Gardens and the family villa stands in the heart of the grounds. The borrowed scenery of both Mount Sakurajima and Kinko Bay make the gardens a perfect place for an unforgettable photograph. Take a leisurely stroll around the grounds before returning to the ship.



    This tour will operate by coach, ferry and on foot. There is approximately two hours walking on this tour and approximately 100 steps at the Sakurajima Observatory. This tour may operate in reverse. The visit to the ISO Gardens includes walking over uneven, bare and gravelled grounds. We recommend that passengers carry local currency for any purchases.

    Tour code

    KAG_001

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Sand Spa & Samurai

    Enjoy a unique Japanese spa experience and uncover the secrets of the ancient Samurai.

    Sand Spa & Samurai

    Sit back and enjoy a relaxing drive to the Satsuma Peninsula to Ibusuki. Ibusuki is the Satsuma Peninsula's foremost resort, famed for its therapeutic sand baths which are reputed to be a "tonic" for circulation and general health. Hot springs heat the sand to approximately 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Upon arriving at the hotel, you'll don a kimono and sit back as you're covered with warm sand up to your neck, followed by a shower and a Japanese-style bath.

    After a truly unique and relaxing spa experience, you'll enjoy a Japanese-style luncheon at a local restaurant.

    After luncheon continue on to Chiran, once the stronghold of the Shimazu samurai, which boasts a lane lined by residences of warriors who lived in the Edo period (17th through to mid-19th centuries). The dwellings offer a glimpse of what life was like for provincial samurai in those days. Stroll down a street lined with well-preserved samurai houses and their small gardens.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion is conducted by coach and on foot.Guests must be in good health and should not suffer from heart trouble, high or low blood pressure or skin conditions to participate in this tour. Local currency should be carried for additional purchases.

    Tour code

    KAG_005

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Chiran & The ISO Garden

    Don’t miss this opportunity to visit two of this area’s highlights - Chiran, famous for its old Samurai houses, and Kagoshima’s beautiful Iso Garden.

    Chiran & The ISO Garden

    Sit back and relax as you travel by coach to Chiran. Chiran was once the stronghold of the Shimazu Samurai, and boasts a lane lined by residences of warriors who lived in the Edo period (17th -19th centuries). The dwellings offer a glimpse of what life was like for provincial samurai in those days. Stroll down a street lined with well-preserved samurai houses and their small gardens.

    Chiran was also a kamikaze base during World War II. Today, a peace museum dedicated to the pilots, the Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots ‘Tokko Heiwa Kaikan’, marks the site. You'll visit the museum and view the collection of recovered aircraft, models, mementoes and photographs of the Special Attack Corps. You will also have a chance to view photographs and final letters of the young pilots who sacrificed their lives for their country.

    Enjoy a western style luncheon at a local restaurant.

    No visit to Kagoshima would be complete without viewing the city’s principal attraction, the Iso Garden. The 21st Shimazu lord created the pond in order to hold poem parties. During a leisurely stroll, you may appreciate the beauty of the garden and the ‘borrowed scenery’ of Kinko Bay and Mount Sakurajima smoking in the background.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please be advised that the museum exhibits sensitive material including some graphic images and displays on the atrocities of war. The materials in the Kamikaze Museum are written in Japanese. Guides are not permitted inside of the Kamikaze Museum therefore your guide will give you the necessary information on the coach beforehand.

    Tour code

    KAG_002

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Scenes of Kagoshima

    Soak up the spectacular views of Kagoshima from Shiroyama Park.

    Scenes of Kagoshima

    Join your coach and travel through the city suburbs to the heart of Kagoshima. You'll pass Kinko Bay and witness the bronze statue of Saigo Takamori, one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history. Saigo Takamori lived during the late Edo Period and early Meiji Era, and has been dubbed "the last true samurai."

    Shiroyama Park is located in downtown Kagoshima that extends over Mount Shiroyama. With an elevation of 351 feet, the mountain formerly served as the site of a castle fortification, which led to its name. Shiroyama literally translates to ‘Castle Mountain’ in Japanese. Continue on to the lookout point on Shiroyama and admire panoramic views of the city and Sakurajima Island, one of Japan's most active volcanoes (weather permitting). Sakurajima is considered the landmark of Kagoshima and rises over 3,000 feet above the waters of Kagoshima Bay. The volcano has erupted over 30 times in recorded history and is still mildly active today with minor eruptions taking place multiple times per day.

    You'll make a stop at the Shochu Brewery to sample sweet potato spirits before your return drive to the pier.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour. Guests are advised to carry local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    KAG_004

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours

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