My next stop was Saigo Cave (西郷隆盛洞窟). I imagined it to be a big cave but it was only tiny. When you’re in Kagoshima you will come across a the history of the final battle of the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877 which took place on Shiroyama, therefore making it a popular place to visit for people who are interested in Japanese history.
Saigo Takamori (西郷 隆盛) who was one of the the great historical figures that led the Meiji Restoration is known to be the local hero of Kagoshima and nicknamed the last great samurai. At the Saigo Cave, named after him, it is said that he made his last stand within the park. Inside the cave holds few artefacts, a lot of illustrations, paintings, a grave, and statue. The location is easy to find plus it’s across the road from a restaurant called Hajime and next door to a shop called Annie which sells mainly clothing, accessories and spare parts.
It was certainly an interesting place to visit.