One of the jigoku.
I had fantastic food at the ryokan after my onsen bath!
I went on from there to Aso, a town located near Aso-san, the largest active volcano in Japan. I had explored the area a couple of years ago, and was content to take walks and not stray very far.
Roadside flowers. Unknown to me, but lovely [very low growing plant]
A two-tone, very pink sakura
After Aso, I went on to Beppu, which I have spoken about in an earlier post. Just a couple of pictures.
Red Beppu jigoku
Azaleas starting to bloom
I stopped briefly in Miyazaki, and went on to Kagoshima. This is a place I really like. It has a lively, cheerful atmosphere, it is easy to get around on the bus, and there are many sights. An active volcano watches over it across the bay. This time I visited the aquarium, which specializes in the sea life around Kyushu and the southern islands. It was very interesting and fun . I also went to Sengan-en, a lovely landscape garden dating back to the mid 17th century. It is very well situated near the bay.
A giant stone lantern
A glimpse of Kagoshima bay from Sengan-en
I then flew back to Tokyo, and spent a couple of days there mostly shopping until I returned home. Had trouble closing my suitcase!