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This short, narrated tour begins as you board a motorcoach and drive through the suburbs of Kagoshima. You'll pass Kinko Bay and see the bronze statue of Saigo Takamori -- one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history. Saigo lived during the late Edo Period and early Meiji Era, and has been dubbed the last true samurai. Travel to Shiroyama Park -- a park in downtown Kagoshima that extends over Mount Shiroyama. With an elevation of 351 feet, the mountain formerly served as the site of a castle fortification. Its name Shiroyama literally translates to Castle Mountain. You'll stop at the scenic overlook at Shiroyama and catch views of the city and Sakurajima Island -- one of Japan's most active volcanoes (weather permitting). Considered the symbol of Kagoshima, Sakurajima rises more than 3,000 feet above the waters of Kagoshima Bay. The volcano has erupted over 30 times in recorded history and is still mildly active today with minor eruptions taking place multiple times per day. Return to the pier by coach.
Participants must walk approximately five minutes each way from parking lot to the hill. Wear comfortable walking shoes.