It rained. So. Much.
So after stowing my backpack at the train station (just one of the countless things you can do in Japan to make sightseeing more pleasant – I’ll probably do a post on that sometime soon), and noticing that it was ‘kind of raining’, I headed over towards Kumamoto Castle (熊本城).
By the time I got there, it was just torrential. After sampling some delicious local food (see the next misc. food post) I was already soaked enough despite having an umbrella that I gave up on the idea of sightseeing. Which was a bit of shame because what I saw of the castle looked really cool, but there was no way I was going to be able to enjoy it in that weather.
So yeah, Kumamoto ended up being some delicious ramen, a browse around some shops and a few coffees to get out of the rain.
And then the Shinkansen to Kagoshima (鹿児島) – where I am now.
A word on the Shinkansen – it took ~6hrs to get from Nagasaki to Kumamoto (straight line distance ~50 miles), and it took me 57 mins (exactly.) to get from Kumamoto to Kagoshima (straight line distance ~ 85 miles). I know it’s not a fair comparison, but jeez.
Oh and for an idea of the rain, just listen to this video (you can’t see anything because I’m in the station, but yeah, that).
So now that I’m in Kagoshima, I can update the map
But wait…you now have to zoom out, hooray I finally made it!
More zooming-out coming soon!