FASCINATING TOUR TO THE DEEP SOUTH OF THE SATSUMA PENINSULA
A pleasant excursion on the enchanting Satsuma peninsula to admire its varied nature - from the shores of a marvellous lake home to a population of giant eels who are protagonists of intriguing legends to the depth of a spectacular gorge with the opportunity of enjoying a true speciality for lunch, consisting of cold noodles caught from flowing water to season as we please!
What we will see
- Panoramic tour of the Satsuma peninsula
- Lake Ikeda: marvellous indigo water
- Spectacular views of Mount Kaimon-dake
- Tosen gorge: stroll among lush nature
- Optional nagashi-somen lunch
- Kamafuta shrine
What we will do
- We leave the port behind us on our coach headed south to see the natural beauties the southernmost tip of the Satsuma peninsula has to offer with its amazing rural landscapes.
- Our first stop is lake Ikeda, the largest on Kyushu island. This beautiful indigo-coloured lake is of volcanic origin and is home to a population of giant eels, which have probably generated the legend according to which the lake is inhabited by a “giant dragon”. Who knows - we might even spot it!
- From here, we can admire spectacular views over Mount Kaimon-dake, nicknamed “Satsuma Fuji”, a volcanic cone 924 metres high and marvellously symmetrical as it rises from the surrounding plain.
- We move on to Tosen gorge which is famous from the extreme purity of its cold water gushing at the bottom. Strolling among the lush vegetation is an absolute pleasure for the eyes and the soul.
- We can also choose to take a seat at the gorge restaurant and savour a delicacy which was created precisely here: nagashi-somen, i.e. cold noodles we can catch directly from flowing water and served with broth and other typical accompaniments.
- Our last stop is the Kamafuta shrine which literally means “pot lid shrine”. According to popular legend, in fact, those who manage to walk from the entrance gate to the shrine balancing a lid on their heads will see their wishes come true.
What you need to know
- There is limited availability of guides that speak English and other European languages.?