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Saigo Takamori Statue, Kagoshima

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Learn about one of the most respected historical figures in modern Japanese history at Saigo Takamori Statue, an impressive bronze statue erected in Kagoshima Central Park. Paying tribute to the man who helped the emperor overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate and then led a fatal rebellion against imperial troops 10 years later, the statue shows Saigo wearing a military uniform. Check out the statue's plaque, which gives you an idea why Saigo inspired a Hollywood character, the last samurai. The statue stands on Nakanohiratori Street outside the Kagoshima Municipal Museum of Art. Using our custom trip planner, Kagoshima attractions like Saigo Takamori Statue can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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High-rise hotels in Kagoshima offer views of the volcano across the bay, with sights of the quietly erupting giant high on the list of most visiting guests. The city center offers a variety of accommodations, scattered from the main train station down to the waterfront. Some side-street guesthouses provide budget-friendly rooms in this district, while boutique hotels offer their take on traditional Japanese hospitality, with themed rooms and local cuisine gracing their menus.
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  • Compared to the statue near Ueno Park in Tokyo, this one is bigger, and depicts Saigo Takamori in military attire. Close to the Prefectural Museum and other attractions, this man played an instrumenta...  more »
  • I was very glad to have found the statue and the temple next door while exploring on foot around Kagoshima.  more »
  • It is good to stop by Saigo Takamori Statue if interested in Japanese History. The location is just near the bus stop of Cityview bus and also few minutes walk to Terukuni jinja. I will say it is a mu...  more »