I climbed Kaimon Dake. It was a far more strenuous climb than Kibune and Kurama, but worth it for the views and the simple joy of climbing.

Kaimon-dake summit

There is a small shrine at the top of the mountain. I think the spirit enshrined there is an alcoholic. Instead of the usual coin box, there were enough cans of sake to get seriously drunk, and a couple of sports drinks (for the inevitable hangover?)

Shrine to an alcoholic spirit

Back down from Kaimon Dake and back onto the multispeed diesel for a groan and bounce back to Kagoshima – I’ll be spending the next 2 days there exploring the area (and its onsen (hot springs)!)

Originally written January 26, 2010