Yufuin and I've spent a week in Kyushu
The picturesque view from my room.
Leaving Aso, I headed towards Beppu. Ifve been told that Oita prefecture has 8 out of the 9 different types of hot spring waters in the world. Too bad I wasnft able to go on an onsen Tour de Oita. Not this time, but definitely next time!
The front doors of Bokai Hotel.
When I first entered my room at Bokai Hotel, the first thing that caught my eye was the open window with a view of the sea. It is a beautiful sight and I headed there straight leaving my bags at the door. According to Kimura-san, the architect who designed the front entrance also made some decisions about the view. Having shogi windows to frame the view and for privacy instead of curtains, is definitely the better idea, and the empty walls emphasizes the view.
The lovely members of the Oita branch of AJRA organised a welcome dinner for me on my first night at Bokai Hotel. It was a good opportunity to meet more new people and experience the Oita warmth (and I definitely messed up my speech at dinner haha).
Hello AJRA Oita members!
My mackerel has it's own serial number. That's mackerel number 311711.
An Oita member, Ogata-san, working in Yufuin, showed us a picture of the morning mist above the Kinrinko. It looked absolutely beautiful, and like yesterdayfs sea of clouds, the conditions had to be right.
We didn't get to see the morning mist over the lake but it was still beautiful.
I see three people who got out of bed too early and the town of Yufuin in the valley behind them.
Guess who woke up early, after the massive dinner the night before, to try our luck at seeing the morning mist over Kinrinko. Yep. Us three, Kimura-san, Tomosugi-san and I. We didnft get to see any mist above Kinrinko, but we got to see some low-lying clouds over the city. I donft know about the both of them, but I sure was sleepy for the rest of the day!
We saw a rainbow before we started our little side trip and took it to be a good sign for the day to come. Rain didnft stop us and it turned out to be a hot day in Yufuin when I did the walk later. Yufuin is really pretty with lots of little cafes between the station and Kinrinko. There were lots of tourists who come in by the busload, and the town was crowded by mid-day.
The rainbow we saw in the morning before we set off.
One of the many cafes in the area.
The path I took veered a little off the tourist track after Kinrinko and it was beautifully quiet and peaceful there. I saw dragonflies, butterflies and grasshoppers doing their own thing, and stepped over big rocks to cross the river. Almost a slice of the countryside in Yufuin town.
Loving the artfully cluttered decor.
Something about the red post boxes that draw me to them.
The backseat of this car has crazy controls. Back massage in the car anyone?
Yufudake's top covered in fog.
The gracious hosts, Kimura-san (l) and Tomosugi-san (r) looking a tad sleepy at the lookout point.
(l-r) Ogata-san, Ogawa-san, my dessert from dinner, me, Kimura-san
This Astro Boy isn't ready to leave Kyushu yet.
Ifll be sad to leave Kyushu tomorrow and canft wait to be back again. Till next time, Ifll see you all again soon!