Friday, 8 October 2010

Tour to ASO - SAN

Taking road to Fukuoka from Onoda

Yesterday we went Akiyoshidai cave , then Joyfull eating drinking until 2 am then again wakeup at 6 am to ride for another tour at 7. This time was is Mt ASO San in Kumamoto. Today we were 6 accompanied by Kawata san who is driver in our office. We ride 2 car , me Cristy and Kawata san in one and Sarang and his wife , Mehul in another one. This was long drive of around 600 Km to and fro. Left home around 7:30 and were back at 11 after whole day spending out there looking for greenery.

Mt. Aso, which lies almost in the center of the island of Kyushu, is an active composite volcano. The crater, which measures 18 kilometers (11 miles) from east to west and 24 kilometers (15 miles) from north to south, is not only the world's largest caldera; it is also said to be the most beautiful. Aligned on an east-west axis within the caldera there lies so-called five peaks of Aso: Kishima-dake, Eboshi-dake, Naka-dake, Taka-dake, and Neko-dake. Naka-dake is still active and regularly emits volcanic smoke and, occasionally, ash. Except for these peaks, however, the inside of the caldera is a green and gently rolling landscape of broad grassy plains that are grazed by cows and horses. Particularly famous are the plains known as Kusa Senri, on the northern foothills of Eboshi-dake, where the mountains, the greenery, and the ponds form a beautiful landscape.

To the north, a somma forms a bastion 300 to 500 meters (954 to 1,640 feet) high in the crater wall. Completely covered with green, it is also called the "Green Niagara." Further north huge plains stretch out across a plateau, while in contrast the south side of the crater features precipitous landform. The caldera has a long history of habitation, and today about 50,000 people live in its long-established towns and villages. No other caldera in the world has such a large community.

In preparation for cattle grazing starting in spring, at around the time of the vernal equinox every year, the dried grass is burnt to kill off harmful insects. The grassy plain, one of the famed sights at Mt. Aso, was kept by this burning, which also contributes to the verdant beauty of the crater. "

Waiting place before riding on mountain going towards Mt Aso. We take rest and had lunch here before moving towards windmill . Its like moving from ground to top then again ground and then again top on Mt Aso. Mt Aso is like donut surround by 20 Km radius mountain. There is 20 Km deep valley surrounded by green flush mountain.

I am taking pic of dog not you....but still hands came in....

Kawata San

Do diet .....

On the top... Kawata San , Vikram , Cristy , Sarang , Girija , Mehul

Thats Mt Aso , need to cross this down valley to ride back on top

After driving back into the valley we are on top of Mt Aso , with green flush farm , Cow graze here all day.

Bikes bikes bikes....i wanted to had this license but had car one now..need again 300000 Yen to have again one.

Always afraid of Sun

Cute japanese girls ...beautiful they are

3 lakes near Aso ...

After finishing looking around at 4 we left for Onsen.

Time for Onsen bath , but Mehul didn't accompanied us , was ashamed to entering with us . In Japan one have to enter nude in the Hot onsen , its nice feeling to rest there for an hour there for just 300 Yen. Though girls and boys can enter together in same one but unfortunately there was 2 guys already so girls went to specially built girls onsen and we 3 in boys onsen.

"Natural hot springs (onsen) are numerous and highly popular across Japan. Every region of the country has its share of hot springs and resort towns, which come with them.

There are many types of hot springs, distinguished by the minerals dissolved in the water. Different minerals provide different health benefits, and all hot springs are supposed to have a relaxing effect on your body and mind.

Hot spring baths come in many varieties, indoors and outdoors, gender separated and mixed, developed and undeveloped. Many hot spring baths belong to a ryokan, while others are public bath houses. An overnight stay at a hot spring ryokan is a highly recommended experience to any visitor of Japan. "

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