Kagoshima 鹿児島市

The land of the volcano! Streets permanently covered in a layer of black ash. Quite surreal. People are sweeping constantly. Kagoshima was not suggested as a sight to see in our guidebook. Why not?! It’s an active lava spewing volcano! How many times does one get to see that? Sure, if you’re looking for another Tokyo, this isn’t it. But we wanted nature. And we got it! We spent most of our time around the volcanic island Sakurajima, jumping on and off wonky local buses, driven by ex-rally drivers (presumably, based on their speed around corners!). Definitely on our “must go back to” list. The most Southerly point of Japan is well worth your time.