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Kashima (鹿島市) is a city in Saga Prefecture, Japan. As of 2017, Kashima had a population of approximately 30,200 people.


Get in[edit]

Most people use the trains to get to Kashima, taking JR trains down the Nagansaki Main Line. Kamome limited express trains stop at Hizen-Kashima Station only.

Get around[edit]

There are buses and taxis from the main station Hizen-Kashima, but if going into more isolated or mountainous areas, driving a rental car to Kashima would be ideal. It is usually better to get a bus at Hizen-Kashima Station if going to Yūtoku Inari Shrine, or a taxi if you have to wait too long. It is cheaper to get a taxi from Hizen-Hama Stn, though taxis infrequently are there (you may need to ask the train staff to call one). While trains are generally timed so you don't have to wait for a local train after arriving by a limited express train, local trains run fairly infrequently, often every hour or so in the morning and evening, and every 90-120 minutes during the day.

See[edit][add listing]

Yutoku Inari Shrine Garden
Yutoku Inari Shrine Garden
  • Yūtoku Inari Shrine (祐徳稲荷神社), 1855 Furueda, Kashima-shi, 095-462-2151, [1]. This is one of the finest shrines in Japan, and arguably the second best Inari shrine (behind, of course, Fushimi Inari in Kyoto). Even better, it still (so far) has not been flooded with tourists like so many other nice places in the country. The mountainside shrine has part of its structures atop a high latticework of wooden pillars. The shrine garden is no less beautiful during the warmer months, with flowers in bloom and a large carpet of moss. If you have the stamina, you can climb the mountain through the torii tunnels to the mountaintop, which has magnificent views. Entry Free, Garden ¥200.  edit
  • Yutoku Museum, Kamifurueda, Kashima-shi, [2]. 9AM-4:30PM. Established in 1955, the Yutoku Museum exhibits helmets, swords, and armor from the lords of Kashima Domain as well as ceramic art, paintings, and Kashima brocades in addition to precious objects from the Yutoku Inari Shrine. ¥300.  edit
  • Nanohana Park (菜の花公園), 628 Furueda, Kashima-shi. Named after the canola blossoms that explode into a field of bright yellow around the time of the cherry blossoms (usually late March to early April), this park has more flowers than you can count as well as lots of cherry blossoms on a hillside and from around mid-April, lots of azaleas in bloom. One of the best parks in the city. Free.  edit
  • Gibizan Park (蟻尾山公園), Mikawachi, Kashima-shi, 095-462-3379, [3]. 8:30AM–6PM. A large public park with sports fields, hiking, city views, and many stray cats. It's also one of the city's better cherry blossom spots. Free.  edit
  • Asahigaoka Park (旭ヶ岡公園), Takatsuhara, Kashima-ku, 095-462-3942. This park has several places within it, most notably the remains of Kashima Castle (which burned down in the Saga Rebellion in 1874, one of the last gasps of feudal dead-enders and unemployed ex-samurai), but also Shoin Shrine which is another nice cherry blossom spot. Otherwise, neither are really worth going out of your way for, but if nearby, are worth a look. Free.  edit
  • Tazawa Museum (田澤記念館), 434 Takatsuhara, Kashima-ku, 0954-63-1622, [4]. 9:30AM–3PM, Closed Sat-Sun, hol. Shows the life of Yoshiharu Tazawa (1885-1944), born in Kashima and became a politician and social educator in the 1920s and 1930s, who devoted his life to youth education, public elections, and labor-management coordination.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Kashima Gatalympics is held every May in a small town called Hama, near Kashima City. This event involves playing a variety of sports in the mudflats of the Ariake Sea.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Local products in Kashima include tangerines, nori seaweed, nogomi dolls, and Saga Nishiki purses.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are several places to eat, mostly small family-run restaurants, almost entirely surrounding Hizen-Kashima Station.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Very few options - a couple of hostess snakku bars, which are probably not worth your time unless you are fluent in Japanese. Your best bet would be at a handful of izakaya (bar and grills), again close to Hizen-Kashima.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Most people are passing through the city on the way to Nagasaki or to the rest of Kyushu, but if you have the need, there are some accommodations in the city.

  • Sky Tower Hotel (スカイタワーホテル), 4242-1 Takatsuhara, Kashima-shi (2 min walk from Hizen-Kashima Stn), 095-463-1188, [5]. checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Simple but clean and comfortable hotel offering both western and Japanese rooms, located very close to the train station. With free use of hot springs, free laundry, and free parking. ¥5000~.  edit
  • Guest House Maru (ゲストハウスまる), 1204-4 Hamamachi, Kashima-shi (Near Hizen-Hama Stn.), 095-468-0902, [6]. checkin: 15; checkout: 10. A Japanese style guesthouse that looks traditional yet clean and recently renovated. With a cafe.  edit


For the latest info on events and sights, contact the Kashima City Commerce and Tourism Division. Tel. 095-463-3412 or the tourist info office in Hizen-Kashima Station.

Get out[edit]

  • Nagasaki One of Japan's most interesting and unique cities, and not at all because of its recent history.
  • Imari A small city famous for its excellent pottery.
  • Arita Another charming town, famous internationally for its beautiful pottery and history.
  • Karatsu — Nice city along Saga's coast offering a quaint, relaxing seaside castle, mountain overlook, and pine forest.
  • Sasebo Nearby Sasebo has numerous sights. Huis Ten Bosch is a Dutch-themed park — see the uncanny Japanese ability to faithfully reproduce the works of other countries (they even imported all the bricks), it is worth a visit. Other sights include numerous places to see the bay, plus the 99 Island Cruise (Kujukushima) which offers some unforgettable scenery.
  • Aso highland area, with an immense caldera, numerous hot spring resorts, fine hiking courses, and an active volcano to look down into when it cooperates.
  • Yame — Land of Tea, picturesque mountains, also well known for its preserved traditional town houses, crafts, and wisteria.
  • Shimabara East of Nagasaki City is Unzen, another of Japan's finest hot spring areas and sight of a live volcano. With mountaintop views like the ropeway up to Mt. Myoken, as well as the Unzen Jigoku or Unzen Hell, the sight of sulphuric fumaroles. Shimabara also has some Christian history, including the sight of the Shimabara Rebellion in 1637.
  • Kumamoto - Offers several of Kyushu's best sights, including Kumamoto Castle (currently under extensive repairs) as well as the beautiful Suizenji Garden.
  • Fukuoka Kyushu's largest and most active city, with a relaxing atmosphere, urban nightlife, famous tonkotsu ramen, and several beautiful gardens.
  • Amakusa, a chain of islands southwest of Kumamoto City, with boat cruises and not far from the south coast of Nagasaki (to which ferries run regularly).

Routes through Kashima
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