Favorite thing: On Sakurajima, as part of the bus tour I took, we saw this buried torii . A torii marks sacred ground or the entrance to a shrine. This one was buried in the most recent eruption of Sakurajima in 1914.
This onsen hotel is located on the eastern side of Sakurajima. It is possible to stay in the hotel but my friend and I decided to soak up the volcanic minerals in the water one afternoon.
The onsen cost about 800 yen from memory and was a unisex onsen. However... every guest was provided with a white robe which was worn in the spa.
The bath location is gorgeous right next to the sea. There is a fesh water (cold) swimming pool next to the spa also which can be used in summer with a bathing suit.
Furusato is also a hotel which costs at least 13,000 yen per night, making it one of the most expensive in the area. The phone number is: 221-3111.
Favorite thing: Enjoy yourself! I was quite taken in by the beauty of this lake... so calm, serene & neat. Yes, neat! Everything in Japan is in order & even in nature it is very subtle. Unlike the U.S. (the grandeur & splendour & wilderness makes one feel free & alive!), in Japan, I feel human touch all over the country.
Fondest memory: I think these are some form of lucky charms in exchange for donations. Good luck charms are called omamori. They can be worn or placed somewhere relevant but do not open the bag to read the charm or it won't work! Charms for conception, safe childbirth & safety while driving are commonly sold at shrines across Japan.
Favorite thing: View this stunning city from across the bay to Sakurajima, an active volcano that once in a blue moon will shower the city in a gray blanket of volcanic ash. Precarious but precious to many residents!
Favorite thing: Experience the sultry climate & enjoy the lovely ISO GARDEN!
Fondest memory: A loving couple enjoying the beauty of Japanese garden... isn't that bliss? To have someone to share your happiness :-)