Amazing Views at Mt. Aso in Kumamoto (Winter)

Mt. Aso best view, Daikanbou high jump

Kumusta? It’s Mr. Wada on duty. I will continue exploring beautiful Kumamoto. This time we are heading to Mt. Aso!

Note: Pics in this post were taken in 2014.

About Mt. Aso

Mount Aso is an active volcano (in fact some areas have been closed due to possibility of eruption, etc.),  located in the center of Kumamoto. It has a huge caldera.

Explore Mt. Aso!

Less than 30-minute drive from the central takes you to another world.

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A bit cloudy.

Laputa Valley

Laputa refers to Castle In The Sky, a Studio Ghibli film. Probably it looks like a view from Laputa?

Daikanbou (大観峰)

Daikanbou is one of the mountains in Aso. Just…amazing. I wished it was summer. Really wanted to see it green. Still beautiful though.

Kumamoto Trip, Mt. Aso: great view in Daikanbou

Lunch with Kumamoto’s Local Food

Lastly -Support Kumamoto-

I would like to share this link to support the victims of earthquake which struck Kumamoto last April.

Website: Kumamoto Earthquakes Volunteer Fund by The Nippon Foundation

See you around!

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Kumanon is everywhere in Kumamoto!



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Visiting Kumamoto Castle (2014)

Kumamoto Castle featured image

Yo! It’s Mr. Wada on duty. I’d like to share one of the best places we’ve visited, Kumamoto. And it’s going to be the Kumamoto Castle this time.

 

Note: Pictures in this post were taken in 2014.

Kumamoto, The Land of Kumamon

Aside from the castle, Kumamoto has been sorta booming the past several years after a mascot character of Kumamoto became super popular over the country. That’s Kumamon. As I’ve mentioned before, mascot character business has been big in Japan. It seems like every city has its own mascot character today (seriously).

Popular Japanese Characters Version 2015

FYI, this is one in Okayama, MOMOCHI.

momocchi

 

Kumamoto Castle

It is counted as one of the great castles in Japan which stands not far from the central Kumamoto City (sorta similar to Okayama Castle).

Some of the pictures we took.

Ikinari Dango

Ikinari Dango is Kumamoto’s traditional dessert. Steamed manju (not really dango) with sliced sweet potatoes and anko inside. It was named after the fact that it was easy to make for unexpected (Ikinari) guests. We tried it right outside the castle, beside the souvenir shop.

 

Lastly – Support Kumamoto –

I would like to share this link to support the victims of earthquake which struck Kumamoto in last April.

Website: Kumamoto Earthquakes Volunteer Fund by The Nippon Foundation

I hope the Kumamoto Castle will be restored as it used to be, but above all the recovery of all who got affected and the entire Kumamoto Prefecture. I would love to visit Kumamoto again.

See you around!

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Kumamon car on the street



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