Kyushu, Japan free and easy 6: Mt Aso

Dry market with a few food stores
Dry market with a few food stores
Lunch in the open - cool air and fabulous Mt Aso milk
Lunch in the open - cool air and fabulous Mt Aso milk
The active Mt Aso
The active Mt Aso - we couldn't get any closer
Zoomed in shot - Photo by Khoon
Zoomed in shot - Photo by Khoon
The autumn grassland was dry and browned.
The autumn grassland was dry and browned.
Mt Aso from afar.
Mt Aso from afar.

From Kumamoto city,  we took a 2 hour bus-ride to Sanko Bus Station . There we put our luggage in the lockers. We looked for lunch at the market and waited to take the bus to the Mt Aso Geopark. I must say the fresh milk of the Aso bred cow was fabulous, with a richer flavour, unlike what we have in our supermarkets back home. Later the bus brought us to the Aso Museum but we skipped that and went straight up a gradual climb to take photos of Mt Aso. We were disappointed that we were not allowed up Aso because of some dangerous activity in the volcano. Before this trip we had read about an active volcano that erupted in Japan and killed some climbers. So we were disappointed that we couldn’t get near Mt Aso but grateful there were early warning systems in place. In fact the next day or so there was a small eruption at Mt Aso. Later we went back to the bus station and were picked up by the guest house to the place we stayed overnight. The guys enjoyed the indoor onsen.

Building where we waited for the bus back.
Building where we waited for the bus back.
While waiting for the bus, have fun!
While waiting for the bus, have fun! Photo by Khoon
Looking out and up.
Looking out and up. Photo by Khoon
Khoon took a pic of me taking a pic of my wife. Photo by Khoon
Khoon took a pic of me taking a pic of my wife. Photo by Khoon
The pic of my wife.
The pic of my wife.
The Asobi Gokoro Guest Inn 5 mins drive from the station
The Asobi Gokoro Guest Inn 5 mins drive from the station - Photo by Khoon
The room in the guest house
The room in the guest house
Guys in the onsen of a hotel next door
Guys in the onsen of a hotel next door. Photo by Khoon.
Breakfast before we leave.
Breakfast before we leave - all 17 of us.
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