The prefecture further south in Japan, apart from Okinawa, is a great unknown to foreign tourists, and yet, in addition to being quiet, scenic and with good weather, it has a variety of attractions and interesting sites:
- Of which cities are not. Although it is true that its capital, with the same name, is a relaxed, quiet and pleasant city, it lacks important tourist attractions apart from its famous Sengan-en garden and its onsens, almost every accommodation in the city will have one.
- The one considered the biggest attraction in the city is Sakurajima, a peninsula that until 1914 was an island just 3 km away by ferry from the city, with an active volcano that produces incessant ash, which used as fertilizer, provides crops of impossible size. Such is its activity that since 1955 its smoky column has not disappeared and in the prefecture a daily forecast is given about the ashes in the atmosphere. There are abundant hot springs, small hiking trails and scenic roads.
- The whole area is particularly active in geological terms. So much so that the mountains in Kirishima National Park, to the northeast (part is located in the neighboring Miyazaki Prefecture), they are famous for alternating volcanoes and green forests, and for being the place where according to national mythology the gods descended on earth.
- But the potential of the prefecture lies is in its islands. A short distance by ferry, to the south, is Tanegashima, home of the Japanese space center, and especially Yakushima, a volcanic island with a particular rain forest and some of the oldest trees in the country, a magnificent environment to contemplate nature and hiking. Its unique landscape served as inspiration for the film Princess Mononoke.
- And further south, the Amami Islands, with a climate similar to that of the tropical Okinawa, overflow with idyllic beaches and jungle forests. Each one of them has its peculiarities, from the northernmost Amami Oshima, the most developed and that has sold part of its soul to tourism, to the southernmost Yoron-to, a small paradise island yet to be discovered.
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