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Kumamoto

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  • Day16

    Exploring garden’s and an active volcano

    October 15, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    After a lovely birthday (thank you for all the birthday love!) this morning we visited suizenji jojuen, a Japanese garden. It was tranquil and quiet and a lovely place for a stroll.
    We then headed further out of Kumamoto and towards Mount Aso, an active volcano. Unfortunately there is currently a 1km restriction zone due to the activity of the volcano so we were unable to see the crater. But had a walk up to the nearest highest point,
    We then drove to a Shrine but this had limited access due to the damage done in the earthquake in 2016.
    Finally we made our way to new accommodation for the night (a recommendation from friends) and ate some traditionally cooked food nearby.
    Now we’re back at the accommodation with a glass of wine (aka me relaxing while Louis is on his laptop video editing) 🤣.
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  • Day15

    Happy Birthday Hannah

    October 14, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Managed to prise myself out of bed early to go fetch some fresh coffee and breakfast in bed for Hannah's birthday. Unfortunately no use of the surfboard prezzie as it is back in Guernsey.
    Hired a car and got some locals tips of where to go for the best sushi. After about 1.5 hours driving we arrived in a gorgeous set of islands linked 5 bridges, including a gold one.
    Found a nice area, but no sushi. Finally found a spot which was highly rated on google. It had a 20 mins wait to be seated. Must be good!
    The food arrived to which Hannah said 'it doesn't look like the sushi from home'. I think she is used to cooked sushi. This was freshly uncooked 100% authentic stuff, which was (to Hannah's surprise) actually very tasty.
    Drove to the viewing point at the top of the island. They have huge colourful spiders here. Was going to take the jungle route, but with the number of webs crossing the path we took the more trodden path.
    Epic views all round.
    Driving back to the hotel in Kumamoto we stopped at a few scenic points for sunset. As we pulled into the city, we took a detour to a temple on the hill.
    Full moon over the night city scape, so took some photos till the camera died.
    Finally parked up the car and had a beer and pizza before heading back to the hotel.

    Learning points from holiday so far:
    1) Buy a data sim card on day 1, doing stuff between wifi points is a faff.
    2) Pack less stuff. Pack what you think you need, then half it. After walking for 1km, 18kg gets heavy.
    3) Hire a car early, as you can get out and about seeing the countryside faster.
    4) Hannah's point. 9 months is gonna be a looooong time.
    5) Japan is awsome. Lots of things are in English. The locals are super friendly and smiley. They will always try to help. There is not much of a culture shock and it is very easy to navigate and get around.
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  • Day265

    Freezing night, smoking volcano (Aso)

    November 30, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    The following night is very cold. Little incident around 9:30 pm when I am already asleep : two guards wake me up and try to make me move my tent. They are polite but one of them is armed, which is a bit creepy and does not make me want to negotiate too hard. They tell me that I cannot stay here because it is forbidden and I am going to freeze to death and try to make me move to a nearby building. Even though I totally agree that's it's freezing cold, I manage to convince them to let me stay here, using Google translate. Too lazy to pack up everything now and to move away ! But when rushing out to open my tent and answer their calls, I broke the zipper of my sleeping bag... Aouch. With an almost negative temperature, this was not the right moment... With my cold fingers and in the dark, I do not manage to repair it and close it that night.. So... it was hard to get back to sleep and to keep myself warm with a semi-open sleeping bag. Fortunately, I succeed in closing it again and repairing it the following morning. My camping moments in Japan are not over !

    Early morning, one of the guards kindly comes back to say hello and confesses that he almost got no sleep, thinking of me being cold in my tent. A nice but unnecessary attention ! Anyway, I pack my things quickly and warm myself up by cycling to the vulcano. I was hoping to take a cablecar to approach the crater but everything seems to be destroyed and deserted, from the cablecar itself (only a few pillars remain, the rest is totally rundown and clearly not operational) to the former touristic buildings, closed and damaged as well. And since the vulcano is still pouring out some dark spits of smoke, I decide not to insist and just enjoy the view, before riding down the hill.
    After this cold night I make the wise decision to give myself a bit of comfort : I reach a pleasant farmstay located in an isolated rural hamlet after a ride of around 60 km. As the only guest, and probably the first ever cycling guest, I am warmly welcomed. The hosting lady cooks dinner for both of us (her husband is too shy to join !) and, the following morning, an incredible Japanese style breakfast. We have interesting conversations - a mix of English, Japanese and...Google translate - about her recent trip in Nepal. I leave again with my bags loaded with rice, biscuits and kakis... Again, I am amazed by the Japanese hospitality !
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  • Day5

    Kumamoto - Land der Samurai

    April 14, 2019 in Japan ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Per Überlandbus fahren wir von Nagasaki nach Kumamoto, einer ehemaligen Samurai-Hochburg, die 1877 während des Satsuma-Aufstands fiel (ich sage nur „Last Samurai“). Heute grüßen uns moderne „Samurai“ von Plakaten: man ist hier schon in Vorbereitungen für die Rugby-WM im Herbst begriffen.
    Zur Beginn unserer Tour haben wir richtig Glück, es treten verschiedene Taiko-Klassen auf und wir werden Zeugen einer traditionellen Trommel-Einlage.
    Leider hat der Regen uns eingeholt, ich vermisse schon meinen Freund, den Regenponcho. Aber der Japaner an sich ist ja immer gut vorbereitet, weswegen es hier überall Schirme gibt. Wir folgen unserer Führerin Yuki zunächst zur Burg Kumamoto. Leider können wir nur einen Blick von außen darauf werfen, da sie 2016 durch ein Erdbeben nahezu vollständig zerstört wurde. Jetzt werden alle Steine einzeln nummeriert und katalogisiert und das Puzzle als Ganzes wieder zusammengesetzt (kein Scherz). Danach fahren wir per Tram zum Garten Suizenji Jōju-en, der 1636 angelegt wurde, sehr malerisch - selbst im Regen. Auch hier finden wir Shinto-Schreine -Izumi-jinja. Yuki erklärt gibt uns eine Einführung in Shintoismus und Buddhismus. Sehr interessant, leider hat sie ein kleines l/r-Problem: für uns ist der Schrein nun für immer der „ugly culture“ gewidmet statt der Landwirtschaft.
    Abends machen wir uns auf die Suche nach etwas Essbaren. Da wir ganz offensichtlich nach Touristen aussehen, bekommen wir sofort gewollt oder ungewollt Hilfe, sehr freundlich, die Japaner. Dennoch nehmen wir unser Schicksal in die eigene Hand und landen in einem sehr hübschen, traditionellen Restaurant - Schuhe ausziehen, Hotpot am Tisch. Spezialität der Hauses: Kutteln! Konnte man leider so nicht vorhersehen... aber mit Knoblauch und Gemüse erstaunlich lecker! Und als „Nachtisch“ japanisches Risotto. Abenteuer Essen.
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  • Day6

    Aso - Vulkane und Treppen

    April 15, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Per Bus reisen wir zum Vulkan Aso, beziehungsweise zum Vulkangebiet Aso, dass durch eine Supereruption vor 90.000 Jahren entstanden ist. Der einzige noch aktive Vulkan ist der Naka-Dake, in dessen Krater wir schauen wollen. Aber er ist schlecht gelaunt, grummelt und raucht vor sich hin. Er will einfach keine Gesellschaft. Also bleibt uns der Aufstieg auf den Nachbarberg, bei bestem Wetter und frischer Luft, wandern wir steil, also wirklich steil hinauf. Gefühlt tausende Stufen, die Tempel-Treppen in Nagasaki waren nur das Aufwärmtraining! Aber es lohnt sich, wir haben eine fantastische Sicht auf den schlecht gelaunten Berg, der weiter Rauchzeichen von sich gibt. Die Landschaft darum herum erinnert ein bisschen an eine Mischung aus Highlands und Mondlandschaft. Wieder herabgestiegen, machen wir uns auf den Rückweg. Wir haben ein bisschen Zeit, die uns Yuki - „ich hab da mal was vorbereitet“ - mit einem Exkurs über japanische Musik (mit Kassettenrecorder!) verkürzt. Etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig für westliche Ohren, aber sehr interessant.
    Wieder in Kumamoto schauen wir uns Burg und Kirschblüten noch einmal bei schönem Wetter an und lassen den Tag stilecht mit lecker Sushi ausklingen.
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  • Day10

    Driving into the mountains

    October 10, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We picked up a car in Beppu and drove into the mountains, where we stayed that night in a village called Takachiho. Fortunately they drive on the left so it was no bother, although the twisty roads were quite scary at times. We hiked up the mountains in Aso, getting a great view of the volcano spewing its fumes everywhere. Unfortunately there was too much volcanic activity for us to get any closer. We ate dinner in a traditional Japanese izakaya, or a pub where you sit on the floor in slippers.Read more

  • Day13

    Kumamoto for Wales v Uruguay

    October 13, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    So I didn't go out the last night as I felt ill. Connor on the other hand... Anyways, we got the shinkansen to Kumamoto to see another game, this time Wales v Uruguay. Uruguay played well but didn't quite have the legs to overcome the Welsh. Fortunately, Scotland and Japan were playing later on in the evening, so we somehow managed to cram outside the fan zone and watch most of the game. It was electric, Japan proving the winners and winning group A. We went out after that, ending up in a Welsh-packed karaoke bar belting out Delilah and other classics!Read more

  • Day78

    Kikuchi, Mt Aso & Takachiho

    April 5, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Vanaf Hiroshima treinen we naar een ander eiland om naar het nationale park te gaan. We starten in de hoofdstad Kumamoto, bezoeken hier ook het kasteel, huren een auto en gaan opweg. De gorges, watervallen, bloesems, vulkanen en hikes zijn fantastisch ( de foto's zeggen genoeg ) en als plus heb je hier ook nog een van de beste onsens omdat het water direct uit de bergen komt. We hebben ook een eigen bungalow met fantastisch uitzicht en koken onze eigen Japanse maaltijd. Wat zijn we weer aan het genieten. Hierna gaan we naar Nagasaki, waar we meer leren over de de Japanse maar ook Nederlandse geschiedenis.Read more

  • Day289

    Kumamoto

    December 27, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    I decided to spend the days around New Years in Kyushu, so my first stop was Kumamoto. Here I’ve seen the destroyed castle, Museum for Contemporary Art, a garden, a shrine and many many bears...

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