Travel Blogs from Kagoshima
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 ...
... for a place to stay the previous night I got a reply from someone in Kagoshima who couldn’t put me up this night, but would be happy to put me up tomorrow. As I had to crash here anyway, I asked her if her offer still stood for tomorrow, to which she replied yes!
Having sorted out my sleeping arrangement for the next few days eased my mind some, allowing me to doze off without any trouble, although I’m guessing having a bit too much alcohol in my system didn’t hurt that ...
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 ...
... relic of the past.
We spent about 2.5 hours at Tsuwano but honestly, we could have stayed here for much longer. It was a rush just trying to get to the Taikodani Inari Shrine, which is one of the five greatest Inari shrines. We had to go through several tunnels of tori gates before reaching the shrine, up the hill. It was well worth the effort.
Along the way, ...
... and back. This took about 2 hrs one way . Unfortunately there were some long tunnels and some windows were left meaning that the carriage filled up with smoke, we learnt very quickly to shut windows before entering the next tunnel
Tswana was an interesting town where we had a 2.5 hour lunch break, a little difficulty finding something open, a ...