Mt Aso National park is located in the Kumamoto Prefecture and is one of the largest calderas in the world. It is 17 Km across from east to west, 25 km north to south and has an area of roughly 350 square km. The group of five volcanoes in the centre of the caldera, that includes Mt Taka, Mt Eboshi, Mt Kijima, Mt Neko and the still very active Mt Naka is referred to as Mt Aso. There is no […]
Tatumaki – jigoku – “Water Spout Hell” This is a geyser that reaches over 50 metres high but to protect the surrounding area a rock enclosure was built ( the mind boggles at building this during the quiet period) The geyser is very reliable going off every 30 to 40 minutes and lasting 6 to 10 minutes. I have forgotten the name of this Jigoku. It was a small mud spring that once had a shrine.The shrine was destroyed in […]
Usa Hachimanju Shrine Nakatsu Castle – impressive black castle in use from 1587 – 1871 Aono-domon Tunnel built by the Buddhist priest Zenkai. Took him over 30 years to build the 185 metre tunnel with chisel and hammer. Yabakei stone bridge – the longest arched stone bridge in Japan
Sagano Scenic Railway also known as the Romantic Train runs along the Hozugawa River from Arashiyama to Kameoka. From this lovely old train with open carriages and wooden bench seats you can see the most wonderful scenery. You can purchase a return ticket or come back on the Hozugawa River Run. The day we did the trip the River was closed due to heavy rain. I have done the River Run and it was heaps of fun.
Trip to Mishima started on the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Mishima. Shirley’s first trip on the Shinkansen The Mishima Skywalk is one of the best places to view Mt Fuji…that is if it’s not a rainy overcast day. Unfortunately the day we were there it was a rainy overcast day with not even a hint of the mountain. As we walked over the bridge, Japanese people kept apologising that we couldn’t see Fuji. So typical of the Japanese Still an […]
Sakura-jima is one of the worlds most active volcanos. Located in Kagoshima Bay 8km west of Kagoshima City, population of half a million people. Sakura-jima has been erupting constantly since the 8th century While we were there it erupted frequently with steam of plumes of ash. Quite spectacular. We were to take the train to Kagoshima station to catch the ferry to the Island but missed our stop and ended up at Ryugamizu Station – in the middle of nowhere. […]
An excellent art Gallery. I’ve been to this gallery 3 times now and the exhibitions have always been so interesting and enjoyable. Here are a few pics of some of the exhibits. Have a look at their website for more information. https://www.kanazawa21.jp/exhibition_event_en.php I was mesmerised by “Ghost in the Cell” and there was a huge exhibition of Inoue Yuichi, a Japanese calligraphy artist plus so much more. Below is the work of Aono Fumiaki who transform objects washed up on […]
Thunderbird Express – Kyoto to Kanazawa. very comfortable 2 1/2 hours. Rainy day at Kanazawa Castle Interesting display of how these castles were built showing the wood joinery, walls and roof. Castle was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1881 so most of the castle has been rebuilt.