Back to Kagoshima. On the day that we were meant to go back, we decided to fit in a quick trip to Sakurajima, which is this active volcano near Kagoshima. You have to take a ferry there, but in my opinion, the trip lasts as long as the ferry to Nokohoshima, but in a nicer boat and the trips take place much more frequently.
We arrived at the terminal less than 5 minutes before the ferry left, but that's ok, because you pay your fare at Sakurajima. So we just went right in and boarded the boat.
|Bye mainland Kagoshima!|
|I'm don't think this is the right entrance, but we got to where we wanted to go.|
|View after walking through that vine-infested boardwalk.|
|The free public footbaths. They actually continue down along a road.|
|Start of the trail. The black thing is volcano ash,|
And because we spent two nights in a manga cafe, my walking speed was really slow. You can see how far behind the other two I was (they had to stop and wait quite a few times)
But, I'm happily taking photos. Oh, here's another edited photo (I haven't edited that many)
Most of the trail was hardened lava. I really wish we had more time, because I heard that on the other parts of the island, they have a torii that is buried almost to the top when the volcano last errupted. And a dinosaur park. But you know, tons of other volcano-related stuff. I heard if you're here at night, you can watch it errupt or something. But when I was there, I didn't really see any volcano ash falling on me.
|Am I the only one who sees the face here? None of the other two did.|
|Although I don't think it's this beach.|
So when we got to the top, the first bus of the day pulled up. But this bus is really cool, because it actually waits for people to climb up, take a look (and plenty of photos) then come back down. I guess because it's an hourly bus, they developed this system. So, we had time to climb up, grab some photos, and come down.
From there, we took the bus to various places, like this strange statue:
But the best spot was the highest observatory!