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A Third Trip to Japan




Eric and Gabi only have a few months left in the teaching terms in Japan and I had a project at work completing in the spring.  It's Sakura (Cherry Blossum) season, I need some time away, and Japan isn't really that much more expensive than Mexico right?  Time for a road trip in the Southern most main Islands of Japan.

A Road Trip in Japan

Kumamoto Ebino Kohen Sakurajima Ibusuki Matsuyama Kochi Shikoku Kumamoto



On this road trip we skipped all of the normal Japanese destiantions like Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka.  If you are interested in reading more, please see some of my earlier trips - Japan and a Second trip to Japan.
Few Stone Lanterns

Kumamoto

Terribly jet lagged, we were glad to have Eric's house to stay at.  I visited the Suizenji-koen Garden (Mark slept in) and a wonderful lantern festival.
(Days 1-3)
Columnar Basalt Tight

Ebino Kogen


Of course you go camping in Japan!  The village of Ebino Kogen is in Kirishima National Park, a volcano area.  We found my so far favorite waterfall and a Kirishima Shrine

Getting Head Wrapped

Ibusuki


At the southern end Kushu is a Ibusuki - a tourist town with great Sand Baths and other attractions.
Mark Eric And Gabi In Pool

Sakurajima


One of the most active volcanos in Japan has Furusato Onsen - a mixed shine and Onsen.  Of course every once and while every well on the Island becomes a potential Onsen.
Pilgrim Around Temples

Matsuyama


Our adventure on Shikoku begins.  We visit Dogo Onsen - about 1000 years older than christianity, Ishite-ji - the 51st of the 88 shrines on the pilgrimage route, and Matsuyama-jo - the Castle named for the city (or is that the other way around?).
Fish On Sticks

Kochie


A food market, a paper place and a really nice hotel
Glowing Waterfall

Returning From Shikoku


Getting off the Island (Uchiko)


Fish On Sticks
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Glowing Waterfall
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Mark Eric And Gabi In Pool
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Pilgrim Around Temples
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Few Stone Lanterns
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Getting Head Wrapped
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Columnar Basalt Tight
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