Kashiwagi Yuki, one of the top members of AKB48, has a song called Kazanbai (volcanic ashes), where the lyric “♪My falling and piling up emotions are volcanic ashes”(降り積もる思いは火山灰) from. Kashiwagi Yuki was born in Kagoshima, Kyushu. This song is talking about her hometown, and the volcano, Sakurajima is one of the most active volcano in Japan, and the symbol of Kagoshima as well.This time I will introduce two attractions in Kagoshima, Senganen and Sakura Jima.
Senganen, also known as “Isoteien”, is one of the representative attraction in Kagoshima. Constructed in 1658, Senganen is a Japanese traditional style garden, where use Kagoshima bay and Sakura Jima as a borrowed scenery.
In Senganen’s souvenir store, an artisan is doing wood carving. He’s selling his handmade masterpieces. Watching a local artisan’s technique is also a valuable experience!
Actually, though the scene is beautiful, the thing that give me deepest memory is the volcano ashes there. After taking picture for half a minite, my camera lens is covered with ash, lol. However, this is a beautiful landscape deserved to visit.
It takes about half an hour to go to the port from Sengenen by bus. Then, you can take the ferry to go to Sakura Jima. There’re lots of environment places including onsen, foot baths, museum, observatory on the island.
Sakurajima is under level 3 alert by Meteorological Agency. Only 3 volcano in Japan is under this level, meaning that the volcano is active and should not be approached. Thus, volcanic smoke is very common here, almost everyone come here can see the scene, which makes the number of visitors from oversea increase. A rare place makes people feel “this is the earth we live in!”
source : www.jma.go.jp
source : www.sakurajima.gr.jp
9700-1 Yoshino-cho, Kagoshima 892-0871 , Kagoshima Prefecture
J20 min driving from JR ｢Kagoshima Chuo｣ Station
tel : 099-247-1551
8:30am - 5:30pm No closing day
入Adult 1000yen, Student 500yen
There’s a kind of candy using Kagoshima orange called “Bontan Ame”, which is cheap and super delicious! There’s also green tea and sweet potato flavor, highly recommended!