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Aso to Kagoshima, a 235 km journey, the longest and at the same time the last bike ride on mainland Japan.
Leaving Aso early in the morning, as soon the sun gave light, I knew to have a long day ahead of me. Temperature of below zero, the ice rubbed of the seat of my bike was prove to that, I did ride down the hill towards Kumamoto.
Leaving the nice scenery of the mountains behind me, I came across hidden roads in some of ...
... t seem to fancy.
We felt very privileged and were treated very well in the ryokans, I'll miss Japan.
We also enjoyed the 7 samurai home village, with bonsai and the intriguing kanakasi airplane fighters museum with photos of all of them. They looked so young and an old man giving a talk about it, still a lot of interest, after all these decades. No photos allowed.
... canals by the side of the small streets, filled with the largest and fattest koi that I have ever seen. They must be fed very well. The buildings were old samurai buildings, reminding me slightly of the ones at Takayama, but at a much smaller scale.
We tried to find a place for lunch but gave up in the end. We were back at the train station by 3pm and I happened to mention to Joan that we hadn't had lunch. She told us that ...
... places appeared to be closed when we walked past but opened just as we were walking back to catch the return train. We did have a lovely torfu cheese cake I don't think it much cheese in it but it was very tasty. We saw an interesting roadside stall cooking chestnuts, first they cut into the outer shell then pressure cooked them for some minutes and then sold them hot.
A long day as we got back to the ...
We arrive in Kagoshima, a city at the southern tip of Japan's southernmost island of Kyushu at 7am and we will need to be back on board by 2.30 this afternoon so we are up and onshore before 8am. But what to do as we have no set plans. We take the free shuttle into the city which is a 40 minute drive and in that time we decide that we want to go to see the Volcano. Sakurajima is one of Japan's most active volcanoes. The island sits just off the coast of Kagoshima so to ...