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Getting Here and Around
The flight between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Kagoshima Airport takes 1¾ hours. From Osaka the flight takes about one hour. The Airport Limousine picks up passengers every 10 minutes (until 9 pm) at Bus Stop No. 2 outside the Kagoshima Airport. From downtown, catch it in the terminal in the Nangoku Nissei Building, across the street from the East (Sakura-jima) Exit from JR Kagoshima Chuo Station. The 40-minute trip costs ¥1,200.
Frequent buses make the four-hour trip for ¥5,300 from Fukuoka (departing from Hakata Kotsu Bus Center and Tenjin Bus Center) to Kagoshima Chuo Station. Trains to the same station arrive on the JR Tsubame and Relay Tsubame Limited Express lines from Fukuokata's Hakata Station and Kumamoto via Shin-Yatsushiro.
For the past hundred years the easiest way to get around Kagoshima has been by streetcar. A ¥160 fare will take you anywhere on the trusty old network. One-day travel passes for unlimited rides on streetcars and buses cost ¥600. You can buy one at the Kagoshima-Chuo Station Tourist Information Center, or on a streetcar or bus. Buses get around, but are run by five competing outfits on a complicated system.
To visit Sakura-jima, you must take a ferry from Kagoshima Port; it runs 24 hours a day. To get to the pier from Kagoshima Chuo Station, take Bus East–4 or 5 for the short ¥180 ride.
Kagoshima Airport (822 Mizobechofumoto, Kirishima, Kagoshima-ken, 899-6404. 099/558–4686.)
Airport Limousine (099/247–2341.)
Bus and Train Station
Kagoshima Chuo Station (1–1 Chuo-cho, Kagoshima, Kagoshima-ken, 890-0053. 099/256–1585.)
Kagoshima Port (4–1 Shin-machi, Hon-ko, Kagoshima, 892-0814. 099/223–7271.)
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