Thursday, 20 November 2008

Japan Nov 2008 Day 4: Kagoshima

If you do not have much time in Kagoshima, there are 3 things you MUST do in Kagoshima: See Sakurajima, eat kurobuta and go for hot sand bath.

We took the Tsubame train from Hakata to Shin-Yatsushiro and transferred to the Relay-Tsubame to Kagoshima-Chuo. The total trip was about 2.5 hrs. The people in Kagoshima don’t speak English so it’s not easy to find your way around if you totally can’t speak Japanese. We saw ZERO wandering ang mo tourists =P but somehow, once I got off Kagoshima-Chuo station, I knew exactly which building to go for kurobata (Berkshire pork) shabu shabu lunch (^^)V LOL… chris was amazed how my sense of navigation suddenly improve when I’m in Japan hahaha… Kagoshima is famous for kurobuta. It’s premium pork and for shabu shabu, it’s sliced really thin so you can just dip it in the soup and it cooks instantly. At this particular shop called Ichi, Ni, San (we only eat kurobuta here cos it’s THE BEST) on Level 5 of AMU plaza, they give this really tasty soba dipping sauce, which compliments the pork perfectly ^^ make sure you add a pinch of yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit) paste for a tinge of tanginess =P freshly made soba noodles are served too. For JPY 2100 (less than SGD40), you get a hotpot, a plate of kurobuta, assorted veggies, soba dipping sauce and soba noodles.

Then we took the cityview bus (JPY600 for one day, unlimited) to Shiroyama Observatory for a magnificent view of Sakurajima (see top picture). The weather was good, the sky was blue and the mountain was quite clear ^^ there is a nice hotel Castle Park Hotel with an impressive view of Sakurajima from the hot spring (we saw it in a poster). Maybe next time we can stay there…

We also visited the Kagoshima Aquarium which houses a whale shark. However, there were many people crowded around the tank and it was way too dark so I could not get a decent shot of the shark =(

I did manage to get a shot of the jellyfish though… get stung by one of these and you’ll be in excruciating pain…

LOL... try and make sense of what they're saying... this is at the ironing board loan station