Monday, June 11, 2007

Running on Molten Lava

It's been a while since I posted an entry to suit my blog title. Just opposite of Kagoshima City lies the peninsula once-an-island Sakurajima. Although the name suggests a large growth of cherry blossoms, I can assure you there are more onsen and dormant lava flows in the area.

The “island” offers many opportunities to see the destruction caused by eruptions in 1914 and 1946. One such area not far from the ferry port is the Nagisa Lava Trail. Accessible only on foot, this is a great area for running in the Kagoshima area: the cool ocean breeze, a view of Kagoshima City, and perhaps most importantly, your surroundings. The entire trail offers views of blackened lava rocks.

Take the Sakurajima Ferry from the northernmost port in Kagoshima. Ferries leave every 10-15 minutes, and take 15 minutes to reach the peninsula. Once there, walk or run to the visitor’s center – the trail is just west of the center.

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