Takamori Saigo
Saigo was born into the home of a poor, low-ranking samurai warrior in the castle town of Kagoshima. Receiving instruction from his superior, the capable Lord Nariakira Shimazu , Saigo was actively involved in the great task of overthrowing the feudal shogunate and participating in the Meiji Restoration. During his life, he suffered extreme hardships, such as being exiled to Amami-Oshima and Okino-erabujima Island. He was profoundly instrumental in forcing the surrender of Edo castle (the seat of the feudal government) without any loss of blood and in orchestrating the establishment of the new Meiji government. ln 1873, when his proposal to send envoys to Korea was rejected, he retired from public office. He established a private academy and devoted himself to teaching his disciples. Thereafter, as a leader in the Southwestern Satsuma Rebellion, he fought against the troops of the newly established government. He was defeated, however, at Tahara-zaka hill.Consequently, he committed ritual suicide at Shiroyama. This great man ended his passionate and illustrious life at the age of 50.

Saigo Nanshu Exhibit Center
(Saigo Nanshu Kensho亅kan)
The Saigo Nanshu exhibit center was established within the cemetery grounds. Historical artifacts are displayed here to describe Saigo's life, from his birth and upbringing to his death at Shiroyama.Using videos and dioramas, the exhibit on the first floor consists of items and information from Saigo's childhood through his accomplishments as a central figure in the downfall of the feudal government and in the establishment of the new Meiji hegemony丏The exhibit on the second floor follows the period charac-terized by his unsuccessful efforts to promote the establishment of an envoy system to Korea, his resignation from public office and his demise in the Southwestern Satsuma Rebellion.

Nariakira Shimazu
Sengan'en Gardens
The Sengan'en Gardens represent the site of the traditional mansion resort of the successive Shimazu lords. Nariakira, who was born in Edo (presently Tokyo), became the 28th lord of the clan as a result of a family squabble known as the Oyura lncident. Much like his great-grandfather Shigetoshi, who was profoundly interested in western civilization, Lord Nariakira put forth-great efforts into importing elements of western European civilization. There are numerous vestiges of the accomplishments of this brilliant, progressive lord centered around the mansion resort in Iso.

Hall of Artifacts
The Shoko-shusei-kan Hall was a collection of early modern factories that produced steel casting, swords, explosives, agricultural tools, porcelain items, and glass objects. Today, this hall has been turned into a hisrical commemorative center where artifacts that belonged to the Shimazu clan are on display.

Ijinkan was an elegant residence that housed the foreign engineers and technical experts invited to help establish industry and production in early modern Japan. The corridors in the building present a romantic and refined ambiance of olden times.

Heihachiro Togo
Heihachiro Togo, who was born in Kajiya-cho, was also responsible for instructing and cultivating numerous young men of great talent. After participating in the Boshin War, he went on to become a powerful admiral in the navy fleet of the newly establised Meiji gover-nment. In the Russo-Japanese War of 1904, as the commander-in-chief of the combined fleet, he destroyed the hitherto invincible Russian Baltic fleet. He was highly admired as a naval officer and was called the "Nelson of Asia."

Toshimichi Okubo
Like Takamori Saigo, Toshimichi Okubo was born and raised in Kajiya-cho. During the period of the dissolution of the feudal government and the establishment of the new Meiji power, he joined efforts with Saigo to assist in the accomplishment of these impressive feats. After the founding of the new government, however, he had a difference of opinion with Saigo in the matter concerning the employment of envoys to Korea. As an upright politician in the newly established government, he greatly contributed to securing the foundation of the new nation by promoting the restoration of the emperor as head of the state and sovereign of the people, abolishing the clans, and establishing prefectures. Okubo was assassinated one year after Saigo took his own life, following the defeat in the Southwestern Satsuma Rebellion. 丂丂丂

Museum of the Meiji Restoration
(Ishin furusato-kan)
Located by the Kotsuki River, this is a high-tech gallery where visitors can learn everything there is to be learned about the Meiji Restoration. In the basement hall, various techniques using sound, light, and robots serve to present a three-dimensional experience of the Meiji Restoration. On the first floor, exhibits give instruction on all aspects of the people, things and events of Satsuma.

St.Fransisco Xavier
Xavier Church
Christianity has been a significant influence not only in the history of religion but also in the history of Japan. This church traces its heritage to Xavier, who arrived in Kagoshima in 1549 to propagate Christianity. In Xavier Park, in front of the church, the church, there is a monument commemorating Xavier's stay in Kagoshima.

The Hometown Museum of Archeological History
(Furusato koko rekishi-kan)
The remains that were discovered in the Soji-yama area of the city of Kagoshima were found to be from the early Jomon era, approximately 10,000 years ago. This finding disproved the commonly accepted theory that the people of the Jomon era were traveling hunters. The Hometown Museum of Archeological History exhibits these artifacts and presents an explanation of the Jomon vestiges in an easy-to-understand manner. VVe invite you to observe, touch, and enjoy the dialogical displays utilizing the foremost dioramic and computerized technology in Japan.

The Hall of Dawn
Located at the former site of the Tsurumaru castle, this center houses all the historical data on Kagoshima prefecture. Here, information on the entire history of the prefecture, its climate and people is readily available.