Kirishima Kokusai Hotel
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Today started with a train ride south to Kagoshima. This is the location where Erika's biological father lives. After reviewing the wind forecast and looking at the area via google satellite view, I thought we should have gone here yesterday. Well, we got here today.
Our hotel was easy to find, literally across the street from the train station so we got checked in and situated pretty quickly. As we had acquired some information about a beach near our hotel that might be sailable ...
WE DID: - Shinkansen (bullet train) from Fukuoka to Kagoshima. Tram and Ferry from Kagoshima to Sakurajima. - Tour bus around the major parts of the island including an observatory (closest you can go to the volcano) for stunning views. - Local bus to a hotel with a natural hot spring onsen, created by the heat from the volcano. Mixed gender (came with no bathing suits!). Not too sure of the protocol and the manager helpfully said 'use a towel' but we ...
... was very close to beating that!
After a cheery goodbye, we ventured out to explore Kagoshima and ended up walking along the riverside, roughly heading south towards the seafront. There were some interesting statues along the way, and the sky was sunny and cloudless.
Oh, except for that big grey cloud through the trees. No biggie, that's just the casual NEARBY VOLCANO.
... a sight, hopefully I'd get a closer look if it happened again. So after the ten minute ride across the bay I booked myself on an island bus tour for after lunch, thought it would be best given my limited timescale, whilst waiting I headed along the road to have a look over the bay and paid a visit to a public foot spa which everyone is welcome to use, so off with shoes and socks for a soak in the rust coloured water which feeds the spa, quite relaxing ...
... goes where, they are a really great way to travel.
Sunday, 19 April
Today we got up early and headed off for the ferry and the island of Sakurajima. Its main claim to fame is the volcano (well two actually) that dominate Kagoshima. The volcano is located only 4kms from the city centre. It is amazing that some 600,000 people live in such close proximity to a volcano that erupts on a daily basis, but literature assures one that the experts have ...