After Okinawa, we flew to Kagoshima. I didn’t really have any set plans there, so we just wandered around town.
Apparently Kagoshima is very proud of being the home of Saigo Takamori. Just wandering randomly around town, it seemed everything we ran into was related to Saigo Takamori.
Above is a monument for when his sword thrust through his mother’s vagina. Seriously, that’s the memorial for where he was born. We also saw the grave of his friends, the place he grew up in, the place where he died, his friend’s house…
Here’s the cave where he hid in the mountains. It was quite a disappointment, actually. We climbed over a mountain, then walked around the other side to see this.
There were lots of amusing English signs at the sites. Like this one, “his personality is like General Grant Jackson”. I wonder if they meant Andrew Jackson, Stonewall Jackson, or Ulysses S. Grant…
We also saw the castle, or what was left of it, at least.
We climbed the mountain behind town which had some pretty trails in our search of Saigo Takamori’s secret hideout.
It was filled with tons of wild cats.
We also saw this cutie. No idea what it is.
The Buddha statues behind the mountain were also pretty cool.
For lunch we had this.
In all of Japan these were the most popular vending machines. “The boss of them all”. We thought it was amusing.
Next we took the ferry to the island across the bay to see the volcano.
There’s what we saw of the volcano.
But we did get to see the dinosaur park.
It’s like a yakuza dinosaur or something… There were like ten dinosaurs.
There was a really pretty road to the dinosaur park too. I liked all the moss growing on the side.
For dinner we had some tasty katsu stuff. The katsu in Japan is way better than any I’ve tried in the US… It’s more light and fluffy.
Our hotel folded origami for us.
Kagoshima was nice but not the most exciting place to travel. Although it would have been better if we could have seen the volcano.
Next stop: Miyajima.