“Kagoshima? Only old people go there.” So my friends in Tokyo told me before my trip and they were right. “I’d like to retire there.” Another friend who like me fell in love with this city.

Man with an umbrella walking down a street while it’s raining
People walking over a pedestrian brige while it’s raining
Street covered in rain
Inside of a tramway while it’s raining outside
Parking tramway
Back of the Good Neighbors store in Kagoshima

Above you see the outside of Good Neighbors, a very nice cafe and store in Kagoshima. Other places I can recommend: coffee at Coffee Innovate, cake at Yano Cake Ten Moku, pizza at L’Oro Di Napoli (the city is also called the Naples of the Eastern world) and ramen at Gonbei (which is such a welcoming place, even though they spoke no English and me no Japanese). The photos below show the ferry to Sakurajima and Furusato Onsen, which is heated by the volcano and overlooking the Kagoshima Bay (unfortunately it closed recently).

Ferry on the sea
Onsen with the sea in the background
Torii gate in an onsen

April 2012. All photos taken with the Yashica T5 loaded with Fuji Neopan 1600 ISO film.