Aso Volcano to Oguni Village
Getting out town
As much fun as Kumamoto was (and David
wanted to stay for a whole week!) we had plans to go see Aso Volcano.
We rented Mark a car, collected everyone up, and drove out of
Kumamoto. The volcano is about an hour out of town (and visible
from town) and while the road was busy (it's single lane), once we
arrived it wasn't too busy.
The weather in Kumamoto was a little overcast, but once we got to the
volcano the fog roled in and we couldn't really see anything, except the
large shopping area! We had lunch waiting for the weather to
clear, and tried one of the local delicacies - horse meat. The
person selling the meat (on skewers) made sure we understood this was
horse meat - but Andrea pushed on and says its good!)
Once the weather
got a little better we tried walking up to the volcano. There is a
cable car (400 Yen each way) and you can drive up (1500 Yen per car),
but the walking path looked good.
As we walked up, we noticed sirens going off. Cool. We kept
on walking. We noticed there were a lot of cars coming down the
hill, but not many coming up. When we we got further up, we found
what all the fuss was about - the volcano was giving off a lot of gas
and they had evacuated the peak. Reluctantly, we turned around and
walked back down.
original goal was to stay in Kurokawa tonight, but it turns out 2 months
isn't enough advanced noticed to book a room. The closest we could
find was the next town over (or two) named Oguni Village. Oguni
isn't written up in the guidebook but the web page looked good (and the
rates were good) so we booked it.
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