Hotel New Otani Kumamoto
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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... so first time we felt we were back in Australia!
We dropped our luggage off at the hotel and bought a city circle one day bus pass (400 yen each) with first stop Kumamoto Castle. Yes, another castle but this one at least has an original section, though as with many of these sites, there has been substantial restoration and/or reconstruction. The castle is classed as one of the top 3 in Japan and turned out to be very different to others ...
... street in Hakata comprised of some 130 shops. We found some interesting shops where we bought some small Hakata type ornaments as well as an art print at at paper shop. We had our lunch at the shopping arcade at LA Hamburger shop. We had burgers, fries, beer, and coffee - an all-American meal. We made a short stop at a nearby shrine called Kushida Shrine. The Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival a renowned summer event in Hakata is dedicated to this shrine. Next ...
... we hopped onto a bus that took us to the starting point of our boat ride along the network of canals that flow through the city. It was a beautiful sunny day - perfect! There were about a dozen of us that filled the river boat called "donko bune" and we set off on a quiet peaceful journey along a very picturesque route. The boat was propelled by a man in traditional dress using a long bamboo pole. Our "driver" kept up a steady dialogue in ...
Day 123 The trip took us through more beautiful scenery. As we approached the town of Aso, it really looked amazing. It is situated in a huge caldera (basically a crater) surrounded by the crater walls on all sides. From up above it looked incredible. We arrived to our hostel, Aso Base Backpackers, and dropped our bags before catching a bus up to Mt Aso itself. We had taken a map from the hostel so decided on a route and ...
... the river and forest. We stayed here ages just enjoying the view. There was even some chairs and a wooden platform right by the river. Then it was back to our room for our dinner. We were served at our low table and brought course after course of the most incredible looking and tasting food. Horsemeat was on the menu (again) but they check with you first and I declined. Dave wasn't that impressed by it and said it wasn't so tasty rare so that made me happy. They ...