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breakfast was served in this room
Slept much better, late breakfast at 9am, very well presented 9 dishes, 1 soup and 1 pickled dish. We talked about how it's likely this is the high point of our culinary experience on this trip, and it may only be going downhill. Afterwards we went to the Beppu train station to take the train to Mt Aso. First I got the tickets for just today, then since we had lots of time, I went back to see I could buy the 5 day Kyuchu rail pass here, and I could, so I returned the other tickets and got the rail passes instead. The train to Aso had only 2 cars, rather small, I suppose this route is not that well travelled perhaps. The journey took just about 2 hours, and we got off at Aso station. Got a taxi to our hotel. Later I found that we should have got off at the next stop, which is a lot closer to the hotel.
breakfast
Oh well.
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.
In the museum, we saw a short film about the seasons and customs of Mt Aso and the people. There are five peaks around the crater, the central one is the one still active. There were various volcano rocks on display and you could touch them. There were also a couple of live video feeds from inside the crater with controls for people to move left, right up, down and zoom in and out. So we could see the light green waters and steam from the crater. On the way back, we stopped to take photos of the inverted rice bowl mound called Komezuka and the one shaped like a snake's tail.
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.
rice and miso soup
Bath room is Japanese style with a small square deep tub on one side, toilet on the other side, and a huge sink good for washing clothes in the middle! The view out the big sliding glass doors was of Mt Aso, so very pleasing green in the distance, then some rice paddy and a small section of town in between the hotel and Mt Aso.

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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breakfast was served in this room
breakfast was served in this room
breakfast
breakfast
rice and miso soup
rice and miso soup
at Beppu train station
at Beppu train station
getting on the cross Kyushu train
getting on the cross Kyushu train
at Mt Aso ropeway station
at Mt Aso ropeway station
view of top of crater and shrine a…
view of top of crater and shrine …
unfortunately the top of the crate…
unfortunately the top of the crat…
the ropeway station interior
the ropeway station interior
shrine
shrine
shrine and Mt Aso behind
shrine and Mt Aso behind
wild azalea at Mt Aso
wild azalea at Mt Aso
horses waiting for renters at Mt A…
horses waiting for renters at Mt …
one of the peaks of Mt Aso across …
one of the peaks of Mt Aso across…
view of Mt Aso from the museum
view of Mt Aso from the museum
view of another peak of Mt Aso fro…
view of another peak of Mt Aso fr…
view of pond and meadow from the m…
view of pond and meadow from the …
life camera showing the inside of …
life camera showing the inside of…
another view of the real time came…
another view of the real time cam…
a fancy display in the museum
a fancy display in the museum
the rice bowl shaped mound
the rice bowl shaped mound
the inverted rice bowl shaped moun…
the inverted rice bowl shaped mou…
view of the Nakadake peak
view of the Nakadake peak
snake tail shaped mound
snake tail shaped mound
view of Mt Aso from our hotel room
view of Mt Aso from our hotel room
the Japanese side of the hotel roo…
the Japanese side of the hotel ro…
dinner was nowhere as good as what…
dinner was nowhere as good as wha…
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