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To shop and eat like a local in Kagoshima, head over to Tenmonkan!

By Elizabeth Sok

Located in the heart of Kagoshima City the area around the Tenmonkan tram stop is the largest entertainment district in southern Kyushu. Visitors looking for local cuisine and wanting to support local businesses should head down for a day of great food and shopping.

Shopping Arcades in Japan


Photo by: PIXTA/ Hayato A shopping arcade with roots dating back to the 1920s.

Shopping arcades made their mark on Japan’s social and consumer landscape in the 1920s and 30s. In addition to serving as a place for shoppers, these arcades also had social purposes as a meeting place for locals and a site to create and maintain a sense of community in an increasingly modernizing world. The birth of Tenmonkan can be traced back to this period as well with the opening of a movie theater and other businesses emerging around the popular venue.

Tenmonkan Today


Photo by: PIXTA/ 清十郎 Head over to the Tenmonkan G3 area for local eats.

Comprising over 40 interconnected streets, Tenmonkan serves as a meeting place for locals and a must-see for window shoppers and buyers alike. It is also well-known as a great spot to grab a bite of local cuisine. Many of the streets have their own distinctive feel and targeted market. If you’re looking to pick up men’s fashion, for example, check out Tenpark Street. For a peek at local events organized in collaboration with Tenmonkan’s businesses and department stores, walk through Nakamichi Core Mall to enjoy the festivities.

Searching for a bite to eat? Stop by the arcade and try some Kagoshima specialties, such as kurobuta, the region’s famed black pork known for its tender and flavorful meat. While shoppers mostly visit Tenmonkan during the day, people looking for live music or an izakaya (Japanese style pub) take over the streets when the sun goes down. Head over to the Tenmonkan G3 area to get a taste of this bustling nightlife.

Ohara Festival


Photo by: PIXTA/ 深千 Catch the festival if you can!

Visitors fortunate enough to be in Kagoshima in early November should reserve some time to attend the Ohara Festival, the largest festival in the prefecture. Launched in 1949 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of Kagoshima City, this festival hosts upwards of 20,000 dancers and musicians to liven up the area during the day and night. Traditional clothes and decorations are everywhere during this two-day festival.

Don’t be surprised to see shochu (a traditional Japanese liquor) in the hands of performers and festival goers who bring out the drink to celebrate all things local.

Things To Know


 While business hours vary, the area is always open to walk around. 

How To Get There


By train

From Kagoshima Chuo station, take a tram bound for Kagoshima Ekimae and get off at the Tenmonkan stop. 

By car

From the Kagoshima IC on the Kyushu Expressway, it takes about 10 minutes by car.

Where To Stay

Hotel MyStays Kagoshima Tenmonkan Annex
  • 1-20 Gofukumachi, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima, 892-0826 Japan
  • ¥4,620 - ¥14,070
  • 3.7/5 (584 reviews)
  • 0.1 km
Quintessa Hotel Kagoshima Tenmonkan Relax & Sleep
  • 1-3 Gofukumachi, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima, 892-0826 Japan
  • ¥6,000 - ¥11,700
  • 0.1 km
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kagoshima Tenmonkan Premier
  • 1-1 Sennichicho, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima, 892-0843 Japan
  • ¥9,000 - ¥31,300
  • 4.6/5 (655 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Green Rich Hotel Kagoshima Tenmonkan
  • 12-16 Yamanokuchicho, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima, 892-0844 Japan
  • ¥6,490 - ¥11,110
  • 3.63/5 (1,966 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Henn na Hotel Kagoshima Tenmonkan
  • 1-31 Higashisengokucho, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima, 892-0842 Japan
  • ¥8,075 - ¥15,010
  • 4.2/5 (85 reviews)
  • 0.2 km

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