Kagoshima is located to the south of Kyushu. The region is one of the country’s leading tourist destinations full of various places of interest registered as world natural heritage sites, e.g. the Yakushima Island, the active volcano Sakurajima, a scenic railway route by the river, the coast and hot springs. It also boasts of an impressive array of food and drink. You can find ‘Kuro buta’ (black pork) dishes anywhere in the region. Another local specialty are sweet potatoes (Satsuma imo) which are used in the production of Shochu liquor. Kagoshima features many shochu breweries, and is very popular outside its borders.