The majestic active volcano Sakurajima rises before Kagoshima City. The city flourished as the castle town of Lord Shimadzu and currently has a population of approximately 600,000. It is continuing to prosper as a major urban area of South Kyushu.
The Kagoshima City Transport Bureau's "CUTE Pass" allows unlimited transportation for one single day. The pass may be used for the sightseeing "City view" buses which stop at main tourist spots in downtown Kagoshima.