Whenever Japan is mentioned, many things tickle your imagination, daunting Mt. Fuji, mysterious temples, bustling Tokyo and all the glitz and glamour of the cosmopolitan life. It’s high time now that you broaden your horizons. Japan has to its bounties many serendipitous slices of islands, Kagoshima is one among many such tropical islands.
Floating on one of the region’s biggest caldera systems, Kagoshima is the place that brags about numerous active volcanoes. Some enthusiasts even say that it is the Hawaii of Japan. Many of the hiking trails remained closed for most parts of the year due to release of poisonous gases and ash. This place is certainly not for the faint hearted, eruptions take place almost daily and the people here are accustomed to shakes and rumble.
This gigantic three peak volcano keeps soaring dauntingly from the azure blue waters of Kinko Bay. The island is fringed by a road and it is possible to ascent to the viewpoints on the hilltops on foot.
The horrifying Kirishima mountain range, long dormant volcano has woke up and is agitated. Takachiho the mountain’s highest peak is shrouded up with azalea, which paints the mountainside pink during springs. The rivers here steam hot as an aftermath of geological activities.
The ancient sanctuaries of Kinko Bay
A Jomon-era archaeological site looms over the Kinko Bay. It was discovered accidentally in the constructional process of an emerging business. Archaeological studies show that these ruins are the mark of oldest civilization in all of Japan. A museum gives a deeper insight into their discovery with many audio-visual engagements.
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Last edited by Katie Louise on the 17 August 2015