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Introducing Kagoshima Prefecture

Shaped like a southward-facing dragon with a pearl in its mouth, Kagoshima-ken (鹿児島県) is mainland Japan's southernmost prefecture, and one of the nation's most beautiful and relaxed. Kagoshima city lies in the shadow of the highly active Sakurajima volcano (the pearl, in the middle of Kinkō-wan), with the fertile coastal plains of the Satsuma Peninsula to the south. To the north is the striking Kirishima-Yaku National Park, with its own string of volcanoes.