Japan Kyushu Travel

It’s the Mountain to be Missed

Mount Aso December 2, 2015

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Aso Farm Land, the amazing hobbit village place to stay at in Mount AsoIMG_1306 IMG_2983 IMG_2979IMG_1307IMG_2211IMG_1844 IMG_1905 IMG_1903 IMG_1902IMG_2974IMG_1901 IMG_1880FullSizeRender 42 拷貝IMG_1899   IMG_2980FullSizeRender 50 拷貝IMG_1843FullSizeRender 33IMG_1842 IMG_2975  IMG_1318

the left is where the active volcano crater is, and can be visited by the cableFullSizeRender 37IMG_2201

the largest suspension bridge in Japan- KoKonoe Yume Ootsurihashi
half way walking I dashed all the way back because my leg were shaking, no idea how in the world I join the height-afraid group
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I wonder if you have one of those days- you wanna post something but everything was against you. As a sum up why I haven’t upload a post awhile as the writing seems everlasting, and the product I wanna shoot simply disappear. You’ll know what I am saying when that post is up, ha.

Sorry that I said my previous post was my last Japan post when I realized there are some more pictures in a folder that I’ve totally forgotten. (this is what happen when you pass 25? 😐 )

Kumamoto is where we started our journey and went clock wise around the area.  It is in the northern part of Japan most southern island- Kyushu. The dry crisp country air simply dump out whatever toxic I brought from the city in exchange of enrich empower vibe. And fresh from the cow dairy milk to warm up the cold shivering body.

I recalled senior year exchanging in West Virginia about my host family asking me “Are you a mountain person or a beach person?” With no doubt, I said “the beach”, because I love water, the ray of sunshine, and on the other hand- I was having a miserable time getting sick of twisting and turning around the mountain everyday. We lived on the top of the Appalachian, which the top isn’t like a cherry on top of a cake, but a plateau with houses, dairy/cow/horse farms, cornfields. And everywhere you go- you are still in the mountain. 

This was taken in the mountain range of Mount Aso, in and out of Aso Kuju National Park, which is the largest active volcano in Japan, among the largest in the world, and did had its shake and small eruption this summer.  We didn’t get to go on the cable to view the center of the crater, as it’s still active, and the air was above dangerous level to see it’s lively living itself that day.  My Mom said she was here 20 years ago, didn’t get a chance to ride the cable, and here she is standing here again at the same spot and not able to go on a ride again. I told her: perhaps you have to be here 20 years later again 😛

We stayed at Aso Farm Village in a surprise, a hobbit living village surrounded by the quiescent mountain and countless starry stars. I think I have a thing for hobbit house, stayed in a hobbit house in Bali as well 😂

Our trip to Kyushu was actually all out of an incident as I suddenly have leaves and we literally just pack and go. We went on a tour group, which wasn’t a thing I am familiar with nowadays as I opt for planning travel itinerary by myself (with excel and timetable, a bit insane…but with flexible schedule.) However countryside kind of things, we think we made a nice choice to go on tour, as it’ll be a burden for us to go from one place to another, and the transportation would just literally cost too much time.

Looking back at these pictures, and the time I had at Mount Aso. I started out the window looking with awe and kept on telling my Mom: this looks like when I was in WV, and this and that, and all those mountain stories suddenly came lifelike in front of me. That’s when I realized and remembered my Mom (aka host Mom) said: “Well, the mountain will call you back.”  I never really know what she meant back then, she just said “where ever she go, she felt that in the end- there is no place like the mountain.” And I suppose it’s the lush green, serene feeling the mountain bring about to a person, and calm down the chaos in life.

Same question:

“Are you a mountain or a beach person?”

Wonder what yours would be 😉

*I’ve took most of my first two days photos with my camera, however lost SIM cards, and here are the nice photos left
ps- Mount Aso is photogenic, hope I get to go there again to take amazing photos and journey to share 😀
*And I took most of the photos in motion on the bus, please bear in mind the window is not spotless, and had added some surprises on the picture.
Camera: iPhone 5

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  • Reply Mitzie Mee December 6, 2015 at 10:59

    I find volcanoes really fascinating. They look so beautiful, and yet you have to remember what they’re capable of. A couple of years ago, I would definitely have said that I was a beach person, but today I’m not so sure. Age has also turned me into a mountain person:)

    • Reply Tiff December 7, 2015 at 23:27

      Nodding absolutely about the volcanos part!
      Hmm, I never knew I would say this since I seek myself as a 50:50 beach and mountain person, but kinda like what you say- age is slightly turning me into a mountain person. x 😉

  • Reply Michèle December 5, 2015 at 03:45

    such beautiful photos. I’m definitely in a travel mood now

    • Reply Tiff December 7, 2015 at 23:24

      Haha, yes go travel Michele! Happy traveling this holiday season 😀

  • Reply christianne cabangon December 5, 2015 at 01:06

    Nice scenery. Thanks for sharing.
    Xo, Christianne

    • Reply Tiff December 7, 2015 at 23:23

      Thank you Christianne for liking it 🙂

  • Reply Emma December 4, 2015 at 19:16

    I am sooooo desperate to go to Japan! Your photos are so gorgeous lovely! I especially like the ones from the little tea shop with the Japanese lady, it’s so cute! I’m a beachy person for sure, but I think that’s because I haven’t been to many mountains. I’m sure if I experienced a few trips to the mountains I’d find it hard to choose between the two! Xx


    • Reply Tiff December 7, 2015 at 23:22

      I am so glad you’ve enjoy the travel post Emma, let Japan be on your 2016 travel list!!!! 😀
      Tell me what you think of the mountain if there happen to be one that inspire you with awe x

  • Reply Stephanie December 4, 2015 at 10:08

    Oh wow, this looks so cool! I think I’d like mountains and beaches equally, haha. But I love these pictures. Everything looks so quaint and peaceful!

    • Reply Tiff December 7, 2015 at 22:41

      Haha, I think i am a half-half too now, they both bring different vibes. Yes, it’s very serene there, hope you travel to this part of Japan next time!

  • Reply Tiffany December 4, 2015 at 04:21

    I’ve never actually been to the nature scenery parts of Japan. and the hobbit village looks really cool to stay in, could be quite an interesting experience! I’m more of a beach person actually, though i don’t necessarily go for a swim, I’m just happiest by the beach. 🙂

    • Reply Tiff December 7, 2015 at 22:40

      The nature scenery part of Japan is really amazing, but I’d suggest to go on tour as it’s around 2 hours from spot A to spot B.
      Awh, yes the sunshine, the water, giggling, and laying on the beach is one of the best vacay! x

  • Reply Maddy December 4, 2015 at 03:40

    It looks so beautiful and peaceful! Thanks for sharing!
    I am a beach person, a mountain person, and a city person. It really just depends on my mood I think! I just love to go anywhere that has pretty scenery, good food, and happy people! 🙂

    • Reply Tiff December 7, 2015 at 22:38

      Oh yes, I almost forgot about the city, haha.
      Absolutely- it’s always best to travel with a good company 😀

  • Reply Elizabeth T. December 3, 2015 at 02:29

    Really loving how amazing all of the nature scenery looks! 😀 I wish I can travel to Japan one day too <3 You always take the best photos, Tiff!

    XO, Elizabeth

    • Reply Tiff December 4, 2015 at 00:29

      Awh, i am so overwhelmed by your comment Elizabeth!!
      Thank you so much for your support!!!! You know what i mean!!! xxx <3

  • Reply annie lee December 2, 2015 at 13:52

    that igloo looking place is amazing! i i wonder how the inside looks, wow 🙂 i would be a mountain person only if it weren’t for all the insects… haha i have a phobia. but it does seem like a very rejuvenating thing to do – hiking up the mountain for some fresh air!

    • Reply Tiff December 4, 2015 at 00:26

      the igloo is really really amazing, the inside is: eskimo’s home, haha …well, the normal bed to be exact just the room is shaped roundish..sorry if i broke a bit of imagination, lol
      eh…the insect is really agh, well a mountain with no insects then 😛 i mean not hiking the forest mountain, but with beautiful views and fresh air ones!!!!

  • Reply Vicky December 2, 2015 at 13:32

    I love your traveling post! Though I’m neither a mountain or beach person, I think I’m more of a beach person haha


    • Reply Tiff December 4, 2015 at 00:23

      Thanks Vicky!!! Haha, of course the beach dear! I envy you live in LA for having the beach as your backyard?! lol 😉

  • Reply kimcheed December 2, 2015 at 07:42

    This traveling post really opened my vision! It’s so inspiring and breathtaking!! Thank you for this amazing post!!!

    • Reply Tiff December 4, 2015 at 00:22

      Awh…thanks Kimcheed! I am glad it had inspired you 😀

  • Reply sileas December 2, 2015 at 04:16

    Aww I simply love your photo diaries! The mountains have a certain magic as the beach does. So I definitely like both and best case – have both near me 🙂 Enjoyed your Japan posts a lot!! xo

    • Reply Tiff December 4, 2015 at 00:22

      Thanks Sileas for being so supportive along the way 🙂
      hehe, it’s same here for me as well in Taipei- the beach and the mountain are both just 1-1.5hours away 😀

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