Waking up in Kagoshima - ah, still no erupting. We now walk a few blocks to get a rental car for a drive about an hour to the East-Northeast. There's no public transportation over that way and we want to check out Kirishima National Park.
Before we check into our AirBnB, we do our first hike - up to Onami Pond and maybe onto Mt. Karakunidake. From the lower left on the hike map we'll round the pond and decide to head to the peak, or continue on clockwise around the pond and back.
The hike starts out with a gentle up on nicely placed pavers, and continues more steeply onto baby boulder steps.
Of course Gerri arrives first and takes in the sight of the lake (pond).
We continued off to the left with the peak above us.
Hmmm, this has been enough workout already and we're anxious to shop for home food and hit the lodging. Therefore, we just keep rounding the pond, after having our lunch.
From higher up on the ridge above the lake-pond, we get nice views.
There's a fumarole over yonder - the Earth's tea kettle is sending up steam.
A peak-a-boo view and a massive Earthworm, size 8 women's.
Here's our peak picture, with the nice leaden color skies.
A traditional-style Japanese home all to ourselves. Too bad we're only here two nights, it was very homey.