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It’s Safe to Visit This Active Volcano in Kagoshima: Sakurajima Volcano

With thousands of minor eruptions each year, Sakurajima easily ranks among the most active volcanoes in the world. It’s literally created its own island in the middle of Kagoshima Bay. What’s truly crazy, though, is that (just 4 km away from Sakurajima!)...

Backpacking Through Japan – An Overview

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In the spring of 2019, my fiancée and I spent three weeks backpacking from Tokyo to Okinawa. Traveling over 2000 kilometers using a mix of almost two dozen local trains, five buses, and one boat, we managed to traverse more than half...

The Okinawa Ferry Voyage: Tokyo to Okinawa Day 14

The top deck was the only escape from the sometimes claustrophobic space below decks.
This is the last day of our trip from Tokyo to Okinawa, but the journey doesn’t stop with the Okinawa ferry. To keep up with the last portion of our trip, checkout the Okinawa Without a Car series here.

The Many Eruptions of Sakurajima: Tokyo to Okinawa Day 13

At the southern tip of the Japanese mainland and the island of Kyushu, the port of Kagoshima is home to one of the most startling sights in the country: a towering volcano that erupts daily. Sakurajima dominates the city skyline, and chances...

Riding the Isaburo-Shinpei : Tokyo to Okinawa Day 12

Our last day of train travel didn’t disappoint. On the way down to Kagoshima, we rode the Isaburo-Shinpei line, which takes passengers on a trek through the forests and mountains of Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures. The dark wooden interior and primarily rural...