We are currently staying at this hotel. This is our second of a three night stay. The location is away from the center of the city but the hotel runs a shuttle bus every thirty minutes to and from the hotel to the main train station (Kagoshima Chuo) and several other stops en route so each one way trip takes a half hour. It was very convenient to use the shuttle to take the bus to Chiran from the bus terminal located in front of the train station. The Kagoshima CityView Bus also makes a stop here so we are planning to take this bus directly to catch the ferry over to Sakurajima.
I think the hotel may at one time have been grand but it is showing signs of wear. Our king sized bed room was adequate in size since there was an entry foyer and the bathroom was rather roomy by Japanese standards. But the carpets had many stain spots in our room and they still use old fashioned actual metal keys. Our room had an "ocean" view of Sakurajima.
We picked this hotel because it had an onsen. Guests are given unisex pajama sets rather than yukatas. The onsen consists of an indoor pool, outdoor pool with wonderful views of same Sakurajima Island and volcano and a large steam room. The nighttime views of Kagoshima are also lovely. The onsen staff worked very hard to keep the place clean and well stocked. The pools were large enough to accommodate many people. The onsen is open from 6-11 am, then from 1:00 pm to midnight (last entry at 11:30 pm). There is a spa with many services (scrubs, massages, etc) but we did not use so can't comment.
Our rate included buffet breakfast in Rainbow Hall. There was a huge selection of both Japanese and Western foods - made to order omelets too. There are certainly enough choices to satisfy any palate. We especially enjoyed the Japanese foods.
There are many restaurants in the hotel but we did not eat in the hotel so I can’t comment on them. There is some convenience store items in the hotel gift shop but prices are expensive compared to in-Town minimarts or grocery stores. You are sort of forced to buy stuff here since there are no other options nearby.
Service was very nice - most of the young staff spoke some English and really displayed willingness to serve the guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Hotel is chosen to TripAdvisor's Delicious hotel ranking of breakfast since 2013~ to now. Please enjoy our breakfast! You can enjoy the best view of Mt.Sakurajima from Hotel Shiroyama Kagoshima. Situated over 100m above sea level Hotel Shiroyama Kagoshima is surrounded by peaceful nature and overlooks the heart of Kagoshima city. Please enjoy the beautiful change in seasons of Shiroyama's forest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Park Onsen Hotel
- Hotel Castle Park