I went with my husband and 1 year old daughter (at the time) and we walked there from Kagoshima Chuo Station, that probably took 30 minutes. Then returning we caught a taxi from the museum to the West side of Kagoshima Chuo Station (which cost us ¥840). There are no taxis standing by but when we called for it, it came in less than 5 minutes, enough time to walk out to the front of the museum.
he museum was lovely. It saddened me how empty it was though, it deserves so much more. There are several rooms that have pottery and paintings, there are two floors and elevators or stairs depending on your needs. We had a stroller and luckily the place had ramps everywhere. Very convenient. They even had a play area with books and toys for children. Don’t forget to take your child’s shoes off before going on the mat.
There were art pieces from Kagoshima, the old Satsuma, other parts of the world like Peru and even paintings by Picasso and other European artists. Very well rounded.
The outside was amazing, I think it’s the best view I’ve gotten of Sakurajima so far. Lots of picture opportunities. It creates a very peaceful moment and I can see me returning by myself just to sit outside and relax as well, so lone travelers do not feel intimidated!
The cost of entry is ¥1,000 per adult, and of course it was free for our daughter. Can’t think of any negatives. They didn’t confiscate our camera even though we were taking a picture of everything inside the museum 🙂 for our personal collection.