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.
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.
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.
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.