The Shiroyama Hotel Kagoshima is located 100 meters above sea level, so the view is outstanding and Sakurajima can be seen from the hotel lobby. The hotel is famous for its onsen (hot springs) and offers a view of the city of Kagoshima and the volcano of Sakurajima.
I booked a package including breakfast and dinner for ¥22,458 from the hotel’s official website. Although more expensive than the average price of other hotels in Kagoshima, I decided to stay at this hotel because of its hot springs, the view from the hotel, and the hotel’s famous superb breakfast.
I rented a car and headed to the hotel, but the hotel parking lot is far from the hotel, so I had to walk about 5 minutes to the entrance or take a shuttle bus, which was inconvenient for people with large luggage.
The entrance was crowded due to an event being held at the hotel. It also took a long time to check in and there was a line of about 10 people.
It seems to always be crowded check-in time 3pm, so it might be a good idea to go early and just check in(Rooms can be ready after 3pm though).
Japanese armor decorates the hotel’s hallway!!
Standard Room Single
The single room is only 17sqm, so there is no space to spread out large luggage.
In the cabinet, a coffee and tea set were provided.
The bathroom was also small but functional with a clean bathtub and shower in one.
Toothbrushes, shaving kit, hair brush, vanity kit, shower caps, nail kit and body scrub towel were provided.
The onsen has indoor and outdoor, and from the outside you can see the city of Kagoshima with a spectacular view of Sakurajima. The onsen are open early in the morning and you can even watch the sunrise from the outdoor!
The sauna is a low-pitched steam sauna, using natural water pumped up from underground, which produces a large amount of negative ions that permeate all the cells in the body through the skin. The room is kept at a low temperature of 42-44℃, allowing everyone to enjoy long and relaxing.
Too bad I can’t take pictures in onsen, but it is really worth it.
Non-guests are charged ¥3,000 to go to the onsen, so house-guests which are free of charge must experience this onsen!!
Spectacular view of Sakurajima and the city of Kagoshima!
The sunrise is even more beautiful, and depending on the time of year, the sun and the peak of Sakurajima overlap which make more wonderful scenery.
There is a Family Mart in the hotel, so no need to worry about food and drinks.
Dinner at the Shiroyama Hotel Kagoshima
The hotel has 10 restaurants, including Japanese, French, and Chinese, where you can enjoy the seasonal ingredients from the sea and mountains that Kagoshima is famous for.
Since our package included dinner with shabu-shabu, we headed to Suiren, a Japanese restaurant.
It’s hard to see at night because of the darkness, but I will have shabu-shabu in front of the Japanese garden!
Japanese appetizers may be lightly seasoned, but original taste of local ingredients is nice.
Yes, Sashimi is an essential part of a Japanese course meal. And of course it tastes superb!!
Satsuma-age is a deep-fried fish paste, a Kagoshima local delicacy.
Finally, the main dish, shabu-shabu, is here! Shabu-shabu is a Japanese variant of hot pot. Raw meat, vegetables and noodles are dropped into boiling water and served with sauce or rice. These were also lightly seasoned, allowing for a variety of flavors depending on the sauce, all of which were fresh and very good.
I was very pleased with this course meal, which ended with a soft pudding.
I had a buffet breakfast in an event hall, not a restaurant. I was a little disappointed with the breakfast served in the event hall
There were many foods at the buffet of Japanese and western cuisine, mostly Kagoshima’s local dishes.
I had local Kagoshima dishes such as raw bonito salad, dried bonito flakes and raw egg over rice, and sea bream in ochazuke (rice with dashi soup), all of which were wonderful tastes, and I was very satisfied with them.
Their western breakfast are nice too
The cake was adorable with shirokuma(Polar bear) decorations.
|Value for Money||7.5/10|