Lucky you, having had so much time to spend and explore by walking. I have been there around 12 years ago. The beauty of this place is simply jaw dropping and leaves you in awe. I found it super easy to venture around by rental car. Toyota Rent A Car staff awaits you right at the ferry pier ( I went by express ferry) oneway and on the way back to Kagoshima by flight. Your list of accomodation options did not mention Jomon no Yado Manten, an onsen ryokan with rotenburo right next to the ferry pier yet in a quiet neighbourhood. I loved it there, a bit upmarket yet cosy, great staff, yumm food. It is impossible to get lost by rental car, as all road signs and signs leading to attractions are super easy to navigate. I hope to be back soon and then take longer hikes with overnight in mountain huts. Would strongly recommend to get a local hiking guide though!! There are quite a few local small tour operatots offering such arrangements. Oh yeah... mind the drainage canals along the roads leading deeper into the hinterland when going by car. They are not covered and a tire could easily get stuck. Just drive slow and you will be good.
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Sindhoor GK kk so LH sucks in business... and how about the national carrier of your country of origin? :P
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Greetings from Germany. I feel your pain. Similarly shameful situation over here. My momentary interim solution: 酒は百薬の長 Sake is the best of a hundred medicines (old Japanese proverb)
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The guy may not be flawless, but my never failing gut feeling tells me that he is a good, honourable man. To me he represented Japanese values better than quite a few others among his predecessors. Hate me if you wish.
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Kumagaijin, I am totally with you. Sauna for world peace!
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@Dan Lavender. So true! Never underestimate the resilience of Japanese people. They have been through worse.
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