Amu Plaza, Kagoshima
Photo Source: The Sunset Blog

Amu Plaza, Kagoshima

9/10
UniquenessThe sunset watched here, how different is it from the others?
9/10
VisibilityIs the sunset likely to be seen from the location?
10/10
AccessibilityHow easy is it to get to the location? ("-" means the location cannot be revisited at will)
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CrowdHow busy is the location? ("-" means the location has no public access or I was on the move)
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OverallIs this location worth a sunset visit?

Amu Plaza Kagoshima is the terminal building adjacent to Kagoshima-Chūō Station. It is owned by the Kagoshima Terminal Building Corporation, which belongs to JR Kyushu. Amu Plaza Kagoshima has about 190 shops. When it opened on 17 September 2004, its floor space was the largest in Kagoshima, surpassing the Yamakataya department store. It was superseded in 2007 by Aeon Kagoshima Shopping Centre.

The name Amu comes from the English “amuse”. The symbol of the store is a balancing toy. The building was finished by the time the Kyushu Shinkansen high-speed railway line between Shin-Yatsushiro and Kagoshima Chūō opened on 13 March 2004, but Amu Plaza opened on 17 September, about six months later. The exterior colour is light pink. It is north of the east gate of Kagoshima-Chūō Station. The area connecting the station and Amu is known as Amu Square and is used for events. The Square also has Amu Vision, a large outdoor television screen, and Amu Studio, a satellite studio of FM Kagoshima. A Ferris wheel, Amuran, can be found on top of the building. It can be seen from most areas of Kagoshima city and has since become the new landmark of the city.

  • It is a very unique experience to be able to watch sunset and also a complete view of the volcano from a ferris wheel.
  • Sitting inside the ferris wheel, with it rising to the highest point, one can enjoy a fantastic view of sunset and the city of Kagoshima, also the volcano.
  • The shopping mall is directly above the railway station and with access to buses and taxis, the ferris wheel is at the top level which is easy to find.
  • Usually very few visitors use the ferris wheel, but some random couples might be here for a romantic ride. Since there is only one “crystal car” (whole car is transparent for better view) available, you might need to spend a few minutes waiting for it in case someone else is using it.
Amu Plaza, Kagoshima
Photo Source: The Sunset Blog
Amu Plaza, Kagoshima
Photo Source: The Sunset Blog
Amu Plaza, Kagoshima
Photo Source: The Sunset Blog

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