All work and no play makes Dustin a grumpy pants. To de-stress I planned a long weekend on the island of Kyushu to include some hiking, new food, and something neither of us had ever seen in person: a volcano. We had so much fun and took so many pictures (over 1000) that it will take me a a few days and a few posts to fill you in on all the wonderful details. So here we go!
Star is Iwakuni; Point is Mt. Aso
Mt Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan and one of the largest in the world. At a nice 5,223 feet the volcano's most recent erruption (in 2011) spread ash over the entire Kyushu region - even stretching to our prefecture on the main island of Honshu. The surrounding caldera (a vocabulary word I did remember from school!) is one of the largest in the world and is known for its fertile soil, numerous thermal hot springs, and fresh spring water.
It was the perfect spot for some hiking and relaxation!