As you approach Nagasakibana Cape, the final half kilometer or so is blocked to general traffic and you are funneled into the large parking lot facing the Parking Garden park. From there, it's easy to get the impression that the only way to walk down to the coast to see the beautiful view of Mt. Kaimon is to pay ¥1200 (apx USD 12 as of early 2014) as an entrance fee to the garden. WRONG! I discovered the hard way that all one needs to do is to hike back up the hill out of the parking lot and walk farther down the road. At that point you will enter the small avenue of souvenir shops lining the route to the cape. The cape itself merits a separate review; for now I will say that the scenery there is wonderful and worth the detour from Ibusuki or even Kagoshima.
Back to the "Garden". What you get for your ¥1200 is a run-down children's zoo that looks like it was developed in the 1960s or 1970s and hasn't had any serious money invested into upgrades since. The animals are mostly in old-style pens or even sad-looking cages, and to my amateur eye many looked like they weren't in good shape. There are a few places where they offer animal shows (like a parrot show), but I wasn't there when they were being held.
My overall impression is that this "Garden" was depressing. I felt sorry for the animals, and also for the owners who seem to have no financial resources to upgrade this place. I imagine it is probably on its last legs and won't last much longer. The best part of it is the cliff-top scenery along the coast, but as mentioned before there is no need to enter the "Garden" in order to enjoy such views.
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