Quiet hiding the volcano
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December 14th, 2004 – by: bcbusdriver
After a few hours and two different trains we arrived in Aso. I guess in the summer Aso is busy place but the day we arrived it was like nobody was around at all. The train station was the smallest JR station I had seen by far with only one track and a very small building. We asked directions to our hotel and we laughed when we discovered our inn was directly across the street.
We had a relaxing time in Aso. the volcano really is one mountain in a ring of mountains that millions of years ago blew up in a huge eruption. The soil in the Aso valley is very dark and fertile and as such is home to a lot of farms. The first full day in Aso the cloud cover was really low so we spent the day walking around the village.
the next day we got up early in the hopes of seeing the volcano. The clouds looked low but the bus driver thought it might be okay up at the summit. However as we were driven up the mountain it became very foggy and he was forced to admit that we would not see anything up there. We got off the bus early and checked out a small volcano museum that might have been state of the art in 1970. After a couple of hours of hoping the clouds would lift we gave up and headed back into the village. So I have yet to see an active volcano. Maybe I will just have to head over to Hawaii.
the funny thing was the next morning was incredible but we had already decided it was time to move on. Japan may not be the largest country but there is so much to see and we were running out of time.
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