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  • Day17

    Onsen in the morning

    October 16, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    An Onsen is a Japanese hot bath. Due to the volcanic earth, there are thousands of hot springs all over the country. When I went for a shower this morning I discovered our guest house had one 😁.
    Had a chill in the hot water to start the day. The owner gave us some suggestions of what to do for the day including visiting a local spring and an underground river with lights. We went to both.
    The spring you can drink directly from, so I went back to the car to collect the water bottles and filled up. Highlight for me was at the underground tunnel, where some cool strobe tech made the water look like it was flowing back into the tap.
    Found a forest shrine about 10 mins away so walked to the top of the hill. There was a huge window in the rock which you could walk through and see the views beyond.
    Drove away from Mount Aso area down hill in search of blueberry icecream and fresh bread, again both recommended by the owner. Not easy to find from his hand drawn map, but after asking a few locals for directions we found them both. This holiday seems to be about continual food grazing so far.
    Checked into our new accommodation for the evening which has epic views over a deep gorge and out onto hills in the distance.
    Finished the evening off at 8pm with a traditional Japanese dance show.
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  • Day18

    'Gorge'ous walk

    October 17, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Started the day with a hearty breakfast from the owner of the B and B in Takachiho.
    The local guide leaflet said there was a 5-6 hour walking loop which would take in all the local sites. We needed to finish fairly quickly as our latest checkin time for our accommodation on the coast was 5pm. We went to the to tourist office to get a map of the route and set off. They have made walking trails super easy to follow by attaching blue and pink ribbons to trees every 50m or so.
    This took us past a shrine, along the Takachiho gorge and up into the hills past a tea plantation. Stunning views all around. Started to rain in the last 200m of the 8mile loop and got into the car as it started to properly rain. Good timing! Finished in under 4 hours so plenty of time to get to checkin.
    Drove for about 1.5 hours down to the east coast, across loads of bridges and through tunnels with steep sided valleys everywhere. You can see why the Geography books say 66% is mountainous forest.
    Arrived at the coast with some pumping surf. Posters everywhere saying it is the world series competition at the local beach this week, so guess that makes that our plan for tomorrow.
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  • Day20


    July 26, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C


    Mit dem Bus sind wir heute morgen 1.5 Stunden dem Gokase River entlang gefahren. Mal wieder eine Fahrt irgendwo ins Nirgendwo :-) Unser Ziel waren die Manai Falls - eine Schlucht mit schönen Wasserfällen in Takachiho. Dort konnten wir ein Boot mieten und im Fluss herumpaddeln.
    Zum Abendessen wagten wir uns in ein Restaurant in der Nähe vom Hotel - es ist wirklich ein Wagnis, wenn man beim Eingang nichts lesen und kaum hineinsehen kann! Zu unserem Glück war es jedoch sehr gut und so viel, dass wir danach fast platzten :-)
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