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Kagoshima Prefecture
Japanese: 鹿児島県
Kagoshima-ken
Map of Japan with Kagoshima highlighted
Capital Kagoshima
Region Kyushu (Saikaidō)
Island Kyushu
Governor Yūichirō Itō
Area (rank) 9,132.42 km² (10th)
 - % water 0.2%
Population  (December 1, 2010)
 - Population 1,703,406 (24th)
 - Density 186.52 /km²
Districts 8
Municipalities 43
ISO 3166-2 JP-46
Website www3.pref.kagoshima.jp/
foreign/english/
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Miyamakirishima (Rhododendron kiusianum)
 - Tree Camphor laurel
(Cinnamomum camphora)
 - Bird Lidth's Jay (Garrulus lidthi)
 - Fish
Symbol of Kagoshima Prefecture
Symbol of Kagoshima Prefecture
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Kagoshima Prefecture (鹿児島県 Kagoshima-ken) is a prefecture of Japan on the island of Kyushu. The capital city is Kagoshima.

History

Kagoshima Prefecture is made from the old provinces of Ōsumi and Satsuma, including the northern part of the Ryukyu Islands.

During the Sengoku period and Edo period, Ōsumi was controlled by the Shimazu clan of Satsuma.

This region played a key role in the Meiji Restoration. Important historical figures from Kagoshima are Saigo Takamori and Tōgō Heihachirō.

Timeline

Geography

Kagoshima borders Kumamoto Prefecture and Miyazaki Prefecture. It is in the southern part of Kyushu facing the Pacific Ocean.

Cities

  • Kirishima
  • Makurazaki
  • Minamikyūshū
  • Minamisatsuma
  • Nishinoomote
  • Satsumasendai
  • Shibushi
  • Soo
  • Tarumizu

National Parks

National Parks are established in about 9% of the total land area of the prefecture.

Shrines and Temples

Kagoshima jinja, Hirasaki jinja and Nitta Hachiman-gū are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.

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