Welcome to Satsuma Peninsula
The Satsuma Peninsula (薩摩半島) south of Kagoshima city has fine rural scenery, samurai houses, a haunting kamikaze museum, spectacular sand baths and a super-fun way to eat noodles. While the main towns of Ibusuki and Makurazaki are accessible by bus and train respectively, renting a car from Kagoshima will save time and hassles. Along Ibusuki Skyline Rd, you'll also find wonderful views of Kinkō Bay (錦江湾; Kinkō-wan) and the main islands' southernmost mountains. Time permitting, head all the way to the tip for great glimpses of Kaimon-dake (開聞岳), this area's Mt Fuji.