Japan's veins were injected with Western culture at this trading post on the route of many foreign ships. Kagoshima lies on Kyushu's southern tip across sand dunes and water from Mt. Sakuraka-jima, the city's vital volcanic emblem symbolizing its dynamism and fortitude. The Iso Garden provides many tranquil spots to gaze upon Kinko Bay's majestic mountain. Throughout Kagoshima, hot springs bubble up, providing relaxation for deserving citizens and vacationers. Tenmonkan offers indulgence in traditional Japanese food and shopping for those seeking an authentic experience, and history can be explored by crossing the not-so-treacherous goldfish-filled moat into Tsurumaru castle.