On the bottom of this page you'll find the map of our route from Fukuoka to Kirishima, click on the red path to get the elevation profile.
To have a panoramic of our Japanese bicycle touring project, check our itinerary on this other article.
a Japanese bicycle touring story
The Sakurajima volcano is just in front of us, beautiful in it's 1117 meters of cooled lava.
It used to be an island but during the eruption of 1914, one of the most violent, has joined the island of Kyushu in the Osumi Peninsula. The volcano is apparently one of the most active in the world.
In addition, not less important, they proudly display the Guinness Book of World Records: Kagoshima has produced the biggest turnip in the world, well 31,5 kg. There is a photo of the proud farmer with super-tuber in his arms.
We try to bath but it is not easy, there are many algae, the rocks are sharp and the nearby port does not make the water inviting. We sleep in a wooden gazebo overlooking the volcano. In the morning we bath our feet in the thermal stream near the info-center, it's called "foot onsen", there are many of those in Japan, especially in Kyushu, they are always free.
Just before sunset the volcano erupts. The huge cloud gets iridescent. There have been 700 eruptions this year.
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