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the main attraction of Kagoshima chuo station

Exploring Kagoshima Chuo Station

I had expected great things from Kagoshima Chuo station. It is a commuting hub after all. Yet, to my dismay, it was just full of shops, and not even mystical one-off ones full of wonder, but the same shops I could find all the way back in Tokyo. The lack of variety stunned me, but at least there was one thing you could get excited about.

I decided to take a wander around the station after I had checked out of my accommodation. I had some time to kill before I needed to catch my bus to the airport, so decided to go shopping. I simply popped my heavy luggage in one of the convenient and legitimately life saving coin lockers and headed off light as a feather to explore the surrounding area.

pokemon store in Kagoshima chuo station

Not one for clothes shopping, I was at a bit of a dead end. There were a few trinket-style shops and character stores like Kiddy land and the Pokemon store, but there was nothing particularly special about what they offered and I soon became rather bored. While Japan seems very keen on exhibiting the variety of foods each prefecture has, the big shopping centers seem to be the same wherever you go.

Kiddy land in Kagoshima chuo station!

The mall features a typical food court at the bottom selling the usual Taiyaki and Ramen, interspersed with some prefectural specialities. I saw some popular shaved ice stores but the portions seemed far too big for just a single person.

Kagoshima Chuo Station’s Defining Feature

My boredom quickly subsided however when I found a large arcade near the top of the mall. Glee washed across my face as I began mashing the buttons on my favourite rhythm game. Further exploration found me a cinema and finally, the thing that separated this mall from all others. The giant ferris wheel on the roof. Lit up spectacularly at night with moving illuminations, it’s a romantic ride that is sure to sweep your date off their feet, provided you have someone to ride it with.

The night view of Kagoshima chuo station

Hosted Events at Kagoshima Chuo Station

Kagoshima Chuo station holds a number of events and markets throughout the year. This time, in April, it was “life with flowers”. With workshops and a large display of pretty seasonal flowers, it was a nice, small market but of course, I couldn’t take any of it home.

Event in Kagoshima chuo station

This event is for kids!

also flower and bonsai!

cute flower arrangement

In the small roads surrounding the commuters hub, there are rows of interesting, traditional and unique restaurants to explore, typically serving the local cuisine. So, if you’re hungry, you may be in luck for something quite special and unique.

some izakaya restaurants near Kagoshima chuo station

Unfortunately, I don’t think Chuo station has much to offer except from the simple conveniences for the modern day commuter. Of course, it is a useful place to be for tourist purposes but I certainly preferred being closer to the more peaceful and nature enriched dolphin port.

shopping street near Kagoshima chuo station

    
Name Kagoshima Chuo Station
Category Station
Address 1-1 Chuomachi, Kagoshima 890-0053, Kagoshima Prefecture
Access [map]1-1 Chuomachi, Kagoshima 890-0053, Kagoshima Prefecture[/map]
Opening Hours Shops vary (most shut at around 10pm)
Price Range Shop dependent
Payment options Both
Hazel Taylor

Hazel Taylor

A lover of nature, food and dangerous heights. Originally from a small seaside town in Essex, England, I am making the most of exploring all the curves and colours of Japan. My one aim is to raise the profile of the most extroadinary places in Japan, so that you too may explore the depth and breath of this wonderous place.

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