Kagoshima Chuo Station, Kagoshima Prefecture 鹿児島中央駅
Kagoshima Chuo Station in Kagoshima is the main point of access to this port city on the southern coast of Kyushu. Kagoshima Chuo Station was redeveloped especially to receive shinkansen bullet trains and has superseded Kagoshima Station as the main train station in the city. Previously the station was called West Kagoshima Station.
Kagoshima Chuo Station is also the terminus for the Nippo Line from Kokura Station in Kitakyushu, via Oita and Miyazaki to Kagoshima Station and Kagoshima Chuo Station and the Ibusuki-Makurazaki Line from Kagoshima Chuo Station via Usuki, Ibusuki for Ibusuki Onsen and Shirasawa to Makurazaki on the Satsuma Peninsula.
Kagoshima Station is also a stop for Kagoshima trams. The Dai-Niki-Line (第二期線) runs from Takamibaba to Kagoshima-Chuo-Ekimae and the Toso Line (唐湊線) operates from Kagoshima-Chuo-Ekimae to Korimoto.
Bus services from Kagoshima Chuo Station include the Kagoshima City View Bus and city buses to Tenmonkan, Kagoshima City Hall, Kagoshima City Aquarium (Io World Kagoshima Suizokukan), Ishiki Newtown, Murasakibaru and Heartpia Kagoshima. The airport limousine to Kagoshima Airport stops at Kagoshima Chuo Airport and costs 1200 yen.
Book highway buses in Kyushu including buses on the JR Yufuin Station to JR Kumamoto Station, Kumamoto to Yufuin, Kumamoto to JR Beppu Station, JR Kagoshima-Chuo Station to JR Hakata Station (Fukuoka) and Hakata to Kagoshima routes.
Taxis wait outside the main exit.
Outside Kagoshima Station is a monument to the 19 young men who broke a ban on leaving Japan and sailed to Britain in 1865 with the help of Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish businessman based in Nagasaki. Among them were Mori Arinori, later Minister of Education in the Meiji government, Hatakeyama Yoshinari, the first president of Tokyo University and the 13-year-old Nagasawa Kanae, who would later become a wine grower in the USA.
Hotels Near Kagoshima Chuo Station
The area around Kagoshima Chuo Station has many hotels including the Hotel Gastof, the Hotel Urbic Kagoshima, the Toyoko Inn Kagoshima Chuo-eki Nishi-guchi, the JR Kyushu Hotel Kagoshima Hotel and the APA Hotel Kagoshima Chuo-Ekimae.
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