volcano and hot springs onsen
Aso Travel Blog› entry 6 of 17 › view all entries
May 25th, 2009 – by: portia
At our hotel, we were too early to check in, so we hired a taxi to go to Mt Aso. The road up the mountain was not very wide, and the speed limit was 40km for the most part. At the ropeway station at the top, we were disappointed to find out that the wind was not favorable today, and the fume from the crater was preventing the ropeway from going up, nor were people allowed to hike around the crater. There was a helicopter taking people over the crater for 5000 Yen each, we passed on that, mom doesn't like flying anyway. We bought a bottle of local dairy milk to try.
We stopped at the Volcanic Museum, across from it were horses for rent that take people for a short ride in the meadows. The wind was blowing the grass like they were waves, it was pretty.
Back to the hotel, we checked into our combined western and Japanese rooms. These rooms have a tatame section serving as a sitting area, and a regular western style section with twin beds.
There are public hot spas here in the hotel too. We relaxed a while, had dinner at 6:30pm in the restaurant. Dinner was served Japanese style, but most course already on the table, and we had another hot pot with noodles. It's definitely OK, but quite a step down from yesterday.
I tried out the open air bath after dinner, the water was a good 48C, the water is kind of reddish, hopefull with lots of minerals. Two pools at the open air side with the hottest one flowing over a divider to the larger medium temperature one. It was pretty relaxing. Mom and dad tried out the massage chairs.
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