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  • Day9

    Mt Sakurajima and Kagoshima

    April 17, 2019 in Japan ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    A somewhat lackadaisical start to the day - we had to wait to be called for Japanese immigration but we were group 10. We waited for the best part of an hour after docking and they were only at group 5 - so we thought 'sod it' and headed out anyway.

    We got the ship's shuttle bus into town from where we bolted for the Sakurajima ferry. Sakurajima is an active volcano on almost it's own island in the bay of Kagoshima, although cloud was so low today it was difficult to distinguish that from the smoke. The island's sightseeing bus was just across the road from the port and toured up to the highest viewing point through windy country roads. The sightseeing route was pleasant enough from the bus but with low cloud and a bus only every half hour, we decided to stay on for the whole route and enjoy the scenery.

    The Sakurajima visitors centre had lots of interesting information about the volcano and also monitors current volcanic activity. The last major eruption was 1914 when the flow actually joined the volcano to the peninsula. This year, there has been 58 eruptions, of which 33 were 'explosive eruptions'. The resulting fertility of the soil apparently makes Sakurajima famous for its production of giant radishes, the biggest weighing in at 31kg with a model provides in case you needed one!

    Heading out the back of the centre and aiming for the lava trail, we came across a public foot bath and had to have a go - shoes off, socks off, feet in, feet immediately out followed by lots of swearing and laughing at the immense heat! It took us a good five minutes to be able to keep our feet in, to the amusement of the locals. When we eventually got our, we had beautiful bright pink shins - akin to a third degree scald!

    Briefly afterwards we took a jaunt along the lava trail, looking at the huge lava rocks left from previous eruptions and looking over the bay to Kagoshima before returning on the ferry to the city itself.

    Here, we took just a brief shopping trip in the downtown area. We were heading initially for the Meiji Restoration Museum but time got the better of us.

    Our final day at sea tomorrow before we dock in Yokohama on Friday. A final day of relaxing!
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  • Day40


    June 17, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    I heard Mark talk about a vulcano in Kyushu yesterday and decided to check it out. It would be a two hour train ride to Kagoshima and then a short ferry ride. A bit long since i also had to get back the same day. But how many times do you get to see an active volcano, right?
    At the station i quickly found out that only the slowest Shinkansen would ride all the way through to Kagoshima. This was probably due to the fact that the route leads throught Kumamoto, the city that has been heavily hit by the earthquake a couple of months ago. This would add some extra time to the trip but since i had already set my minds on seeing the volcano i went on and boarded the Kodama Shinkansen. The trip, as always with the Shinkansen, was smooth and comfortable. Before and after passing through Kumamoto it took a slower pace, apparantly for security reasons and i could see some of the damage done by the earthquake. Most of the visible damage remaining were broken roofs covered with thick sheets of plastic. After leaving the Kumamoto area the train picked up speed and quickly i arrived in Kagoshima. A short local trainride took me to the station that was nearest the volcano. I could not see the volcano yet but as i walked around the corner, the volcano island doomed before me as a big dark silhouet. Actually a pretty scarry and impressive site at first. Unfortunately the weather was very foggy so the top of the volcano was not visible. But i still had a ferry and busride up the volcano and the weather might still clear up so i did not lose all hope of seeing an eruption.
    The ferry took me to the island in about 15 minutes and after buying a dayticket for the tourist bus (i already discovered that walking or biking was not really an option) I was on my way. The bus stopped at several sightseeing spots, following a rigid schedule. Depending on the spot we had either 5, 8 or 15 minutes of sightseeing before the bus would leave. Without any form of warning. Now the time we got was more than enough to see the different sites but it makes you feel rushed somewhat. Unfortunately, even at the highest viewpoint the visibility was still not good, so i did not get to see any smoke or eruptions. The bus took us back to the ferry port and i walked a little bit across Kagoshima as i went back to the station. The ride in the Shinkansen back to Fukuoka gave me plenty of time to get some extra sleep. Back in the hostel I saw Revvy again and we chilled out in the common room together. I finally went to bed at midnight. I really need to get some more rest haha.
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Arimurachō, Arimuracho, 有村町

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