We walked for a couple of miles along the beach where quite a few old people were collecting shellfish.
We were amazed to see the quantity of plastic rubbish washed up on to the beach which the local Japanese says comes from China! Parts of the beach are cleaned but from the quantity there it is probably an impossible job.
The pebbles are obviously made of volcanic material and as we walked I collected some shells, pumice and a beautiful piece of drift wood.
We were amazed at the end of the beach walk to see a large bridge built across an inlet for us by bicycles and walkers. Tom thinks the bridge was built in the economic 'good times' for Japan.
The beach is framed by mountains and is certainly an area of outstanding beauty. Our journey back to the park area was along the cycle path.
Back to Fukiage in time for a cup of tea, change of clothes and then we were picked up and taken to Kagoshima city for a meal with four of the Japanese teachers of English that Tom works with. We went to a Yakatori restaurant called the 'Gourmand Pomme'. The food was delicious if a little different.
The starter was very French, followed by several courses of chicken served different ways. They were very careful not to say what part of the chicken we were eating until we had sampled it. Some bits were nicer than others. Chicken heart, neck and anus were not my favourites! Our hosts were kind and generous.
Kagoshima is a small city but still glitzy enough to have a large Ferris wheel on top of the station! I think we will be going back into the city tomorrow on our way to Sakurajima which is the most active volcano in the world. Tim is hoping for an eruption.
We shall see...
Photographs to follow.