Sakurajima is part of the Kirishima-Yaku National Park. It is one of Japan’s most active volcanoes and can be reached via a ferry and car to the view point. It is a composite with the summit split into three peaks, Kitadake (northern peak), Nakadake (central peak) and Minamidake (southern peak) which is active now. The surface of the island is about 77 square kilometres and since the last major eruption connected with the mainland.
Takoyaki (Octopus balls) originally from Osaka has become such a popular street snack, you may find takoyaki stalls in other parts of Japan too.
Japan has one of the most extensive and advanced rail systems in the world. One of the most outstanding examples of Japan’s trains is the Shinkansen which can travel at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, and extends from the south of Kyushu to the north of Honshu, with an extension under construction to connect Hokkaido to the far north. The Shinkansen is great for its frequency, timeliness, and convenience. Trains on the busiest routes run every 10-15 minutes, and they are almost always on time. Tickets are comparable to airline rates, about 13,000 Yen each way between Yokohama and Kyoto, for a two-hour journey.
Hyakushaku Kannon – carving of the Buddhist Goddess of mercy in Nokogiri- yama, “Sawtooth Mountain” in Chiba Pref. This statue of goddess Kannon is 30.3 meters high, sculpted with sharp lines into the vertical cliff edge. A shaku is a Japanese measurement of the average length between nodes on bamboo. There are other sculptures along the hiking trails which combined with the spectacular scenery of the Bōsō Hills and Tokyo Bay, make Mount Nokogiri a popular tourism destination.
What a pleasant find day today! Greeting from Yokohama’s Marine Tower Happy Friday!