These Walking Dreams: Day 6 (April 18, 2017)

Kaimon, Kagoshima → 🌋 Mount Kaimon → Yamakawa, Kagoshima

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The path leading to the summit of Mount Kaimon, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

The path leading to the summit of Mount Kaimon, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

The path leading to the summit of Mount Kaimon, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

The view from Mount Kaimon, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Mount Kaimon, Kagoshima


Offerings of shōchū to the volcano god at the summit shrine of Mount Kaimon, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Offerings of shōchū to the volcano god at the summit shrine of Mount Kaimon, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Mount Kaimon, Kagoshima

Offerings of shōchū to the volcano god at the summit shrine of Mount Kaimon.


Mount Kaimon as seen from Kawashiri, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Mount Kaimon behind an abandoned house in Kawashiri, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Mount Kaimon in traffic mirror in Kawashiri, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Map, cake, and a coffee at a café in Kawashiri, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Kawashiri, Kagoshima

I have walked up the spiral path of Mount Kaimon in every season bar winter now, and I always leave with great reluctance, stealing parting glances in traffic mirrors and across fields of cabbage and above village houses melting into the subtropical countryside. It may be a small mountain but it is a mountain of absolute geometric perfection. If geology weren’t a random arrangement of rocks and bodies of water but a sentient force with an aesthetic sense, the volcano would surely be the southernmost point of the Japanese mainland. It isn’t, so I walk on.


Fields with a view of Mount Kaimon at Cape Nagasakibana, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Cape Nagasakibana, Kagoshima


Hot sands at Yamakawa, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Sweet potatoes being steamed at a hot spring in Yamakawa, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Eggs being steamed at a hot spring in Yamakawa, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Children at a hot spring in Yamakawa, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Boiling water at a hot spring in Yamakawa, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz

Boiling water with a view of Mount Kaimon at Yamakawa, Kagoshima. Photo: Peter Orosz 📍 Yamakawa, Kagoshima

On the beaches beyond Mount Kaimon, towards the bay, thermal water seeps up from beneath the black volcanic sand, and at some of the onsen they will bury you in the hot sand. The same hot springs are used to steam eggs and sweet potatoes, intended as an after-onsen snack, but throw enough coins into the box and they will make for a delicious and simple seaside dinner, too.

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These Walking Dreams is a visual field diary of a 4,300-kilometer walk from one end of Japan to the other, in the spring and summer of 2017.