22 March 2009
Mount Aso, aka Aso-San (阿蘇山), is an active volcano located in the Kumamoto Prefecture. It is one of the largest volcanoes in the world, as well as having one of the largest caldera out there.
Pictures of my sister's trip to the fierce Mount Aso last Christmas after the jump~
Mount Aso is part of the Aso Kujuu National Park (阿蘇くじゅう国立公園).
How about enjoying some local Aso milk before facing the heat? One bottle costs 700 Yen, whereas a cup costs 100 Yen (as shown here).
As Mount Aso is still active, there are quite a few warning notices out there. This one has some Engrish in it as well ^^;
More warning signs in different languages.
This notices saids that the temperature at the cable car station recorded at 9am is 0C. Not sure why the counter-terrorism poster is there on the right.
On the way to the peaks via cable car!
Rather than for military use, these bunkers are actually built for shelter in case the volcano does erupt some nasty stuff all of a sudden.
At one of the craters. The steam gushes out continuously and tirelessly, which is a good indication of the volcano being active. While the liquid looks nice and warm like onsen from here, apparently they're actually really corrosive acid o_o
Snow near the crater... It's really hot and cold at the same time -_-;
The interesting volcano landscape around the area.
Volcano rocks near the craters. Some people have even done some stone piling here and there ^^;
A map of the volcano. The red dots there are the craters.
While this looks pretty empty right now, in the summer it's actually a place where you can hire horses for a ride~ For more pictures you can check it out here.
The land around Mount Aso looks very barren.
This stone saids that cows and horses have priority for using the passage.
While this may sound a bit odd, the area around Mount Aso is actually a grazing ground for them in the summers, where there's more grass than barren land.
Canned soup from vending machines. Do you have these in your neck of the woods, just as Danny Choo would have put it? ^^
These photos from my sister were sitting quietly in my hard disk while I forgot to blog about them after the Kumamoto Castle post, but I do hope that you enjoy them. Anyone else been to a volcanic region before? I remember having the chance to climb part of the Mount Fuji with a tour while I was little, but I had a fever all of a sudden, and had to stay at the bottom instead T_T