bike tour aso to kurokawa

Bike Tour Aso to Kurokawa: The mecca of onsen (hot springs)

Bike Tour Aso To Kurokawa Highlights: -The notorious Yamanami Hwy -Jeff

The Route: Arguably the most famous road in Kyushu, the Yamanami Hwy(HWY #11) was my next road to take from Aso. Aso was absolutely an amazing place and I could have easily spent another few days there but my bike was itching to get back on the road. Since Aso city is located inside of a humongous caldera, which is a 900 meter climb, I had to ride out of the caldera which was a couple of hours of uphill action, and a few times, I had to walk up due to fatigue. The top part of the hill is indeed amazingly beautiful and lived up to its expectations. The view of the landscape along the road had me stop every couple of minutes to capture the picturesque moments and just take breaks to take it all in for myself. I did decide to visit the Kurokawa Onsen, Hwy #442, since it was a good point where I can spend a night and rest for the next day’s climb up to 1400 meters.

 

bike tour aso to kurokawa
The hills up ahead just waiting for you to come and get a taste. These bike lanes were common throughout Japan, and although very well built, it isn’t ideal for long distance due to the drops at every intersection. I did use these roads in the beginning of the tour, but eventually went for the main roads.

 

bike tour aso to kurokawa
I would be breaking the speed limit eventually. There were hardly any cars. 60-70km easy downhill.

 

bike tour aso to kurokawa
I stopped for lunch and I couldn’t have picked a better spot.
bike tour aso to kurokawa
Curry was fairly easy to make, but now that I think about it, there was a whole lot of effort and time to making this bowl of curry. It was good though.
bike tour aso to kurokawa
Translation?
bike tour aso to kurokawa
Here’s another motorcycle tourist seen on the road. And this type of touring was the name of the game in Japan. I must have passed by hundreds of people on their motorcycles with the storage container in the back without seeing anybody on a bicycle. It’s the worst when you seem them while riding up a hill doing 6km/hr.
bike tour aso to kurokawa
These soft brown plants covered all the hills on top of the caldera and it had such a peaceful appeal to it. Dude, what are these plants called!!
bike tour aso to kurokawa
It was just warm enough and the skies were as blue as they come.
bike tour aso to kurokawa
This would be my last views of the Great Aso Mountain. I am pretty sure I would be back here.
bike tour aso to kurokawa
The Kurokawa Onsen. One of many famous hot spring destinations in Kyushu. I didn’t miss out on the fall leaves this year. And the fall leaves you see along the Yamanami Hwy are also amazing.
bike tour aso to kurokawa
This place had a very onsen town atmosphere and literally there were nothing but onsens and hotels. There wasn’t much else. Very relaxing and quiet tiny town full of onsens you can visit.
bike tour aso to kurokawa
The view from my camping site up on the hill looking over Kurokawa. This empty lot was perfect for a night.
bike tour aso to kurokawa
I met Jeff at an onsen, and realizing that I was a tourist, he befriended me and invited me to have dinner with him. Who would have thought I would meet a guy sitting naked in hot spring water. The restaurant he took me to had all sorts of dishes, and he let me try some of the rare dishes that I would have never had the chance to eat. One was the crab sauce that you eat with rice and thought it was pretty similar to the Korean version.
bike tour aso to kurokawa
Pig feet. Collagen goo fo u.
bike tour aso to kurokawa
Jeff was a well traveled guy, and jumping up and down with other African tribal people wearing their traditional clothing was a good proof of him traveling to remote places. He thought he was returning the favor of hospitality when he treated me to some amazing Japanese food. My days of showing hospitality to tourists will come.
bike tour aso to kurokawa
bike tour aso to kurokawa
This is a guest blog post by Dae Choi
Friday November 8, 2013

2013/11/08: Aso to Kurokawa: The mecca of onsen (hot springs)

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