Nakadake crater on mount Aso finallyreopened! Hiking is now possible toMount Takadake to the great pleasure of mountain lovers. But we must not forgetthat Nakadake is an active volcano and that restrictions can occurred at any timedue to volcanic activity or gas emissions, even if just temporary. Nevertheless,as the previous years demonstrated it, it is still possible to enjoy hiking onMount Aso even when Nakadake is closed. For this new edition of Akaushi noAkubi, I went hinking on Mount Kishima!
You can start your hike from the parkinglot in front of the Volcano museum at Kusasenri. At the end of the parking whileheading towards the crater, you’ll see a sign indicating the way to MountKishima. You’ll start walking on an asphalt path and then you’ll have to climbstairs. A lot of stairs leading to the top. The view from there is reallyimpressive. You’ll see the crater in front of you and Kusasenri on your right(and from above Kusasenri looks even better).
Once you reach the top, you’ll realize thatMount Kishima is like an empty cone and that you can walk on the edge of thiscone all the way around. But be careful because a part of the path still showsthe damages caused by the Kumamoto earthquake (there is a sign to warn you but it's only in Japanese). It is nevertheless possible topass through it, or if you don’t feel confident enough, you can just take theopposite way and reach the same point. From there you can enjoy an amazing viewon the famous Komezuka. This almost perfectly shaped volcanic cone looks like abowl of rice turned upside down. And Mount Kishima is definitely the place fromwhere you can enjoy one of the best view on the Komezuka!
See you soon in Aso!
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