Kagoshima | Japan adventure 2015

Stop number two on our 3-week adventure was Kagoshima, which is on the southern end of mainland Japan.  The highlight of this smaller city is the large, active volcano across the bay — Sakurajima.  We arrived to our small but efficient hotel in the evening and proceeded to take full advantage of the free ramen offered in the restaurant — perfect timing as we hadn’t eaten dinner yet.  Nothing like fresh, yummy ramen when you’re hungry at 9:00pm.  When we awoke the next morning, we discovered our interesting view, but as we weren’t planning to spend too much time in our room, it wasn’t much of a concern.

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We made our way across town by foot and tram.  The cherry blossoms along the river were blooming and there were a lot of interesting sculptures, statues and little gardens along the way.

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Our destination was ultimately the ferry station, where we caught a ferry over to the volcano.  Yes, not only is there a ferry terminal on the volcano, but also a visitor’s center, shops, homes and several schools.  We took a tour bus to various views of the volcano, but the real highlight was on our ferry ride back when Sakurajima erupted for us.

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We got one more ash cloud when we were out in town for dinner. It was a little disconcerting to be walking around, window shopping, and then look over and see a volcano erupting. But also an amazing experience.

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One Comment

  1. Stephanie Hoener June 5, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Wow, that must have been an amazing experience to be so close to a live volcano! How strange to think of life carrying on as usual with a volcano right next door to a thriving city.
    Thanks so much for sharing these, Kerry! 🙂

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