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Day 11

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Kagoshima is on the southern tip of Kyushu in Japan, and with it being so far south from Tokyo and Osaka, it's not often first-time tourists will visit Kagoshima. However, we consider this to be a real gem.

First of all, how often do you get an active volcano (Sakurajima) so close to a city? (Fact: Sakurajima is the most active volcano in Japan!). Because of the volcanic soil, the fresh produce in Kagoshima is nothing short of amazing - their satsuma oranges are just so delicious it's unbelieveable. And you may find some massive daikon (radish) also - when I say "massive" they really are.

OK, since we start talking about food, there are a lot of other amazing food in Kagoshima. The kurobuta pork ("black pig") is a breed of the Berkshire pig, and the meat-to-fat ratio is perfect for tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlets) - one of the best places in town is Kuro Katsu Tei near the main railway station. Order some local shochu - distilled beverage made with sweet potatoes. Or if you like wagyu beef, then don't miss the Kagoshima wagyu beef - here's a secret: whilst Kobe or Miyazaki wagyu might be more famous and more widely available in the western world, the Kagoshima wagyu won the "Wagyu Olympics" in 2017!

If you have a sweet tooth, then try the Shirokuma shaved ice! Be warned - the shaved ice portions are huge! But then it's mostly water, right?

Apart from food, Kagoshima and its surrounding has a lot to offer, whether you are looking for scenery, beach, or hot springs. Here's a video that will give you some ideas: