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Kumamoto

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12 travelers at this place:

  • Day78

    Kikuchi, Mt Aso & Takachiho

    April 5, 2016 in Japan

    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

    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...

  • Day5

    Wanna see a grown man cry?

    November 4 in Japan

    Bidding farewell to our octogenarian taxi driver (and hoping he made it home in one piece) we head towards what we think is our hotel only to find ourselves in the middle of a children's 'festival'. Hundreds of them, all between one and six, belting around the place with all manner of bells and whistles, music, parents, siblings and a lot of racket. The noise level is deafening. I'm searching around for what looks like a hotel lobby when a lovely guy comes up and I say Yumeoi-so, ??? And he's smiling and nodding and directing us through the throngs of children and parents to, oh no, this can't be happening: a reception desk. PC says, did Trip Advisor say anything about 'good for children'? Did three nights of heaven just became three nights of hell? We are so pooped we have no choice but to hand over the credit card and get to our room, and hot tub. Open the wine and slid straight in, with a perfect view of Mt Aso, rumbling in the distance and saying hello to us with puffs of white smoke (also know as highly deadly sulphur type shit that would kill you instantly, but for the story we're going with the romantic theme).

    Now pleasantly lulled by the vino and hot spring water we make out way to a little restaurant around the corner where, to our delight, we discovered goyza and Japanese fried chicken (nothing like carbs to improve one's temperament). We also are introduced to the owner who speaks great English, and owns a Lamborghini which is parked inside said restaurant (obviously his pride and joy). He's as proud as punch and insists we hop in for a photo shoot. Chatting away we tell him of the lost license and lack of car and immediately he is on the phone organising a driver for the next day. Wonderful we think. Not all lost. Back we go to the hotel feeling excited about the next day and to top it off, have been advised by the staff that the children's festival is over for another year. They've all gone home. Winners! Things are looking up.
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  • Day6

    Mount Aso to Osaka

    November 5 in Japan

    Today we expect to meet our driver, kindly organised by previously mentioned restaurant owner. As usual, I'm up before the rest of the world and excitedly slide open the door to the onsen to check out the morning. Pea soup fog surrounds the hotel (and I'm assuming the rest of Aso). Check my best friend Mr Google - it's currently 2 degrees (aiming for 19) with fog expected to lift mid morning. Could throw our plans of an early start out the window me thinks. At the appointed time we head to reception, bags repacked (ready for room transfer for the next two nights). Ask reception where restaurant is. ????? is the look on her face. She takes us over to a hot water dispenser with tiny paper cups and green tea bags. This is it we sign? Yes she signs back. Now being one who likes food, as most of our friends would be aware, it would be highly unlikely that I would choose a hotel in the middle of friggin nowheresville which did not have the option of providing sustenance. Maybe I read it wrong I say to PC. And so we wait for driver to turn up and finally after much tooing and froing a 'barely' English speaking bloke turns up ready to drive us. To the Station. No, says PC, we want someone to take us to Mt Aso and the gorge and Fountainhead for the day. Nope say bloke. I only drive to train station. PC says to bloke, so there is no way for us to get to Mt Aso? Nope says bloke. I'm on the computer with Wifi that a) can only be connected by sitting in the 'lounge room' of the hotel and b) has the capacity of dial-up trying to come up with alternate solution. Surely, if this is the case, someone in Aso would have thought "well, here's a money making exercise - day trips to Mt Aso and other places" and purchased himself a little bus and now be looking at a fine retirement? Clearly not. PC's wandered of for parts unknown, clearly stressing. I find him in one of the free massage chairs, now slightly more relax and wanting to know if, when we get home, can we purchase one. Sure love I say. When we have a lazy $6000 to dispose of. God help me.

    A quick discussion about current circumstances and we decide that the universe is telling us that Mount Aso and the other sights we broke out necks and backs to get here to see are not meant to happen. Back to Mr Google I book another night in Osaka and we kindly accept the blokes offer to take us to the train station (after negotiating a non-cancellation fee for the next two night - which seemed a little too easy if you ask me, I think after all the tooing and froing they were happy to see the back of us). Get to station, fog has cleared and the sun is shining.

    We've had a little chat on the way to the station and come up with plan B and feel ok about everything. Thanked bloke for assistance and transport, waved him farewell and turned to see a rather large bus parked outside the station. Going to Mt Aso. On a loop. Every hour. Are you friggin kidding me I say to PC? Why did one of the ten people we spoke to about transport to Mt Aso tell us about the bus?? And then it occurs to me. They did. We just didn't understand them. They all kept saying, in different ways, 'go to station'. We just kept saying 'no, we don't want the train, we want to see Mt Aso' (Paul has by this stage given up in trying to use pigeon Japanese - which he did with flare when doing the same in Europe) - it just doesn't translate as successfully in Nippon. He has resorted to 'drawing pictures' of what we are trying to achieve. Remarkably, this system proved extremely effective.

    So we park our luggage in the office, hop on bus. See Mt Aso and return. Hop on another bus to Kumamoto (2 hours) to catch train to Osaka (4 hours). Arrive at Shin Osaka to check in to our hotel and delight in the fact it has enough room for both suitcases and our persons and a bath! It's now around 10pm and we venture out to find food, discovering a teppinaki place with wine and food and a lovely Japanese business man who was travelling alone. Long day. Worth every minute.

    Footnote: on leaving Aso establishment we are shown by the driver the very extensive restaurant where we could have had breakfast. Ho Hum.
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  • Day7

    Oryukdo skywalk

    July 22 in Japan

    Talking with my hands to locals who were not speaking English at all I was able to find the right bus going in the right direction to Oryukdo skywalk at the second bus stop. :-)

    Mit Zeichenprache hab ich von den Einheimischen, die alle nicht Englisch können, bei der 2. Bushaltestelle den richtigen Bus in die richtige Richtung zum Oryukdo Höhenweg ausfindig machen können. :-)Read more

  • Day10

    Mount Aso (volcano)

    July 25 in Japan

    The mountain Aso is an still active volcano. After an earthquake in 201 and an following eruption several people died and the 2 rope ways were destroyed. Since then they build on the one hand some small shelter buildings made from concrete, on the other hand they closed some areas very close to the crater completely. Depending on an 4 level security alarm people are allowed to go to different places. Unfortunately the official viewing area was closed the whole day, except for one hour in the morning, due to a too high level of poisonous gases when I was there.

    Der Berg Aso ist ein immer noch aktiver Vulkan. Nach einem Erdbeben im Jahr 201 und einer darauf folgenden Eruption sind mehrere Personen gestorben und die beiden Seilbahnen zerstört worden. Seit damals wurden einerseits Schutzräume aus Beton gebaut, andererseits wurden einige Orte, sehr nahe am Krater, komplett geschlossen. Abhängig von einem 4-stufigen Warnsystem werden den Besuchern unterschiedliche Zugangsbereiche freigegeben. An dem Tag als ich dort war, war die offizielle Aussichtsplattform bis auf eine Stunde am Morgen unglücklicherweise den Tag wegen einem zu hohen Niveau an giftigen Gasen geschlossen.
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  • Day10

    The viewing area at the crate was closed, but the long hiking trail around Mt. Aso in direction to Mt. Nakatake was accessible, except for the last part very close to the crater. It was an amazing hike! I definitely would recommend proper mountaineering shoes, although I only went with light sports shoes there.

    Die Aussichtsplattform beim Krater war geschlossen, aber der lange Wanderweg um den Berg Aso herum in Richtung Berg Nakatake war zugänglich, außer dem letzten Stück, das sehr am Krater vorbei führt. Es war eine herrliche Wanderung! Ich würde auf jeden Fall ordentliche Bergschuhe empfehlen, obwohl ich selbst nur mit leichten Sportschuhen dort war.
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  • Day10

    Walking down from Mt. Aso was amazing. There was an old abandoned road, partially overgrown with grass in gaps of the street. It was kind of nature coming back after civilization feeling. It became even more special as I was the one and only person walking on this track for miles. In the middle of the way a tropical rain started and made the walk not even more atmospheric, but an extraordinary experience. It was so nice to feel the warm raindrops on the skin after sweating all day. There was absolutely no dust or dirt on the way. The road was so clean, because there were no cars or anything going for a long time. Therefore I enjoyed bathing my bare feet in the little rivers flowing down the road with clear and warm rainwater.

    Der Anstieg vom Berg Aso war herrlich. Da war eine alte, aufgelassene Straße, deren Spalten im Asphalt teilweise mit Gras überwuchert waren. Es fühlte sich an, wie eine Rückeroberung der Natur nach der Zivilisation zu erleben. Dass ich überhaupt der einzige Mensch weit und breit war, der diese Straße ging, machte es noch viel spezieller. Dass auf halben Wege ein tropischer Regen einsetze, machte die Wanderung nicht nur noch atmospäruscher, sondern zu einer außergewöhnlichen Erfahrung. Es war ein besonders schönes Gefühl, die warmen Regentropfen auf der Haut zu spüren, nachdem man den ganzen Tag lang geschwitzt hat. Es war absolut kein Staub oder Schmutz auf der Straße. Sie war so sauber, weil seit langer Zeit keine Autos oder sonst etwas darüber gefahren war. Daher erfreute ich mich an einem Bad meiner blanken Füße in den kleinen Regenbächen, die die Straße runterliefen.
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  • Day12

    En route vers le sud. Le mont Aso

    September 16, 2015 in Japan

    Jusqu'ici notre voyage se déroule sous les meilleurs auspices. On arrive à enchainer les trains et les métros sans jamais attendre, on arrive à faire toutes les visites prévues, et le temps a eu le bon gout de nous laisser réaliser nos objectifs (Fuji)... Jusqu'aujourd'hui. Pour le mont Aso, déception. 5h de train. La visibilité trop mauvaise ne nous a pas permis de voir le cratère fumant... En plus le volcan a fait des siennes hier interdisant une partie du parc volcanique. Heureusement le musée du volcanisme était interessant et le contact avec un volcanisme vivant était une experience forte. L'odeur de souffre, les cendres sur les voitures et au sol confortent la décision des autorités de tout fermer. Espèrons que demain nous seront plus chanceux pour voir le Sakurajima.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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