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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 ...
... out of the car and onto the platform to wait for my train. The route I have in mind for the day is as follows: Regular train from Kyotanabe to Kyoto (25 km, 30 mins), regular train to Osaka (50 km, 45 mins), regular train to Shin-Osaka (6 km, 3 mins), bullet train to Kagoshimachuo (879 km, 3h 48m), bullet train to Nishimiyakonojo (80 km, 1h 25m), rental car to Kimotsuki (50 km, 1h+).
Total planned for the day: 1090 km in five and a half hours, although the entire trip will ...
Just Japan now, off the beaten track, the best way to see it, with a guided and a small group of 11. Starting with Kyoto, an ancient capital off to beautiful towns offering lovely warm baths, even a fish spa! And the water just flows constantly through.
The fish nibble away at your feet, it's a lot of fun. Some peoples legs are black with baby coi, other people ...
... people waving these toys out of car windows. As the weather was closing in, we didn't bother getting out of the train at the most of the stations anymore. I did come out once with Des. One of the train staff came out to hold an umbrella over us.
We just tried taking photos out of train windows, with Joseph sleeping most of the way. He had been sleeping so much on the trains that a couple of the guys on the train were ...
... t finish it since we had lunch at 3pm and had been snacking on chocolate and ice cream on the steam train. No wonder I have put on 1Kg since being in Japan.
I plugged myself onto the iPod with a talking book and pretty much fell asleep after dinner. We arrived at Kagoshima at 8.04pm and made our way to the hotel next door. The room is much smaller than our previous ones but still bigger than the Kawasaki Nikko Hotel.