Kagoshima was one of my absolute favorite stops on our Japanese cruise. We easily traveled through downtown to catch the city bus and rode it all the way to the famous Senganen Gardens, built by the wealthy Shimazu Clan, one of the most powerful feudal clans during the Edo Period.

Inside the gardens were perfectly manicured bonsai, rows of humongous chrysanthemums and the old home of the Shimazus (please take your shoes off!). The gardens were so vast, if you are interested in visiting, I would suggest getting there as soon as they open as even on a weekday, the gardens were quite busy, even Japanese tourists were excited to see this historical site.