Monday, July 19, 2021

Yappari Kyushu 2021, part 5


Flash back to our life in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
This picture was taken sometime in 1983/84.
Our Jan Haring, not visible as we had taken the mast down, 
 was moored between these barges.

Things you see when you explore rural Kyushu.
We had to stop...and take this picture.
An amazing wisteria garden-wall, don't you think so?

After a enjoyable hike, a moment of reflection here at this mountain shrine.
Of course a " How are You? " 
to Ah & Un : the guardians lions, also known as komainu.

Sometimes the going is slow because of all the things you'll be discovering.
Ain't that nice...?
And by times so, so .... funny.
Explore by camper, way to go.

Oh yes, in this wisteria, aka mountain fuji, you should stick your nose.
The pleasant fragrant will surprise you.
Go outdoors.

Your camper trip isn't complete without taking a ferry ride.
 A very popular one is Shimabara~Kumamoto.
Here we travel from Oita to Shikoku.

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Welcome to the Land of Sushi, Geishas, Hot-springs and Temples.
And spectacular early morning nature scenery....

This time of the year is such a happy time.
Nice temperatures, all-over-the-place flowers & fresh green and of course:
 Rice Planting.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Yappari Kyushu 2021, part 4

 The journey continues.

Indeed, exploring the islands is awesome.
But to rent a boat, one needs a special Japanese license. Almost undoable.
But hey, see that bridge !! 
Many and more islands are plain accessible with your camper rental.
By bridge or..... by ferry.
Way to go.
(picture take during a delivery of this motorboat).

Get off the beaten track and discover places and scenery like this.
Traveling by campervan allows you to do so.
Way to Go.

Drying squid in Yobuko.
Once cured it makes a tasty and healthier snack.
Get out of the big cities and discover more.

Throwback memories: Hotspring beside the river.
From last year's camper-trip to Kurokawa Onsen.
Ha, it's springtime now, but those autumn vibes are real.

It's Flower Power each season here in Kyushu.
If you like going outdoors and checking out the flora, then visit Kuju~Aso National Park. You'll luff it.

While driving Oita's country roads, we spotted one of the Big Five (of Kyushu).
Badger, aka anakuma. Cute neh.
Sitting high in the camper definite was again an advantage.

It's not only the sight, but it's also the pleasant smell that tells us: Good Times are here.
Explore Nippon and it's nature.

The convenience of Convenience Stores in Kyushu.
You'll luff them @ your camper trip.
Here we stopped for a lunch bento and a fresh hot coffee. Oh, and for the washroom of course.
(be polite and ask the staff..)

Feel the freedom.
Breathe the fresh air.
Enjoy the space.

Oh yes, by times it's exciting driving those mountain roads.
But hey, it's so rewarding to visit the Heart of Kyushu.

Basecamp (ohh, where shall we park...?) at Oike Pond, Oita. 
Ace Place for birdwatching, flowers and more.
And of course for climbing Mt Hiji, that peak in the distance. 
We spent 2 awesome days here.

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Yappari Kyushu 2021, part 3

                           Exploring Kyushu, a never ending story.

Yeahhh, when exploring by camper, there is no need for
" boondocking " like it is in the rest of the world.
Moondocking in Nippon: legal, free and safe,
 all over the place.

An amazing fun hike with friends.
This time we hiked Mt Waita in Oita..
It was crisp to say the least and the hot-spring afterwards was awesome.

Nope, we're not lost.
Just enjoying this amazing scenery.
Kuju & Aso National Park, in the heart of Kyushu.

We joined a tour around this very ancient village in Kumamoto Ken.
Of course a visit to the local shrine was top of the list.

For a JOB, we stayed 2 nights in a ryokan in Kumamoto.
 We had to evaluate the rooms, staff, food and bath.
All passed with flying colors.
Yes and wow, we did enjoy our stay....

( By the way, Billie Bee Bus was parked next to the ryokan. 
Nori had the castle all for himself).

We joined an e-bike cycling tour to the top of Mt Aso.
Going up was easy with these bicycles. 
Going down.... oops, take care with that speed.

Equipment and tour-guides were ace.
And look at the weather!

At the crater of Mt Aso.
Hmm, not much to see today.

Billie Bee seen here at the Spring Kurume Camping Car Show.
Like other years, my job was 2 nights playing for guardsman.
He-he, fun to do.

Billie Bee Bus is slightly long for ordinary car parking.
But there is always a slot to be found that accommodates us.
Could have backed-up a bit more, but I didn't want to disturb the young tree branches.
This is at one of Mt Hiko hiking parking areas

Mt Hiko forest is spectacular.

It was a snowy hike @ Mt Hiko san.

Bus stop at Akizuki, Fukuoka prefecture.

Plum blossom in the snow! 

Last snowy hike at 
Kanondake hiking trail in Imajuku.
At least once a week my stomping grounds. 

And yes, we are well looked after by our neighbors.
Guess who is most happy....

Gate at Sakurai Jinja in Itoshima.

Temple cat at work at Raizan Sennyoji Temple in Itoshima.
A visit to this place always brings zennnnn. 

In case your fancy some Japanese food....

Itadaki masu.....

Shopping for country style goods.

Buying from the rural honesty shop.
Best price and top quality.

Our life is being lived on Keel and Wheels.

Michi-no-eki Mt Aso Train Station.
One of the better of all the good ones.

Of course...
The end of the day is best celebrated in a steaming hot bath.


Saturday, March 27, 2021

Yappari Kyushu 2021, part 2


Today, here in Fukuoka it was 16 degree C.
This picture was taken at Mt Kuju 2 months ago.
Hard to believe.
The more magic it beams.

Ready for a game of Noughts & Crosses?
Drive your camper in Japan.

In wintery wonderland.
Be at the right place at the right moment to commence that very special snow-hike. In this case our campsite was at Chojabaru, Oita.

Just sit down and let your thoughts flow......

Well, the Vaccine Train is on its way.
The infrastructure might be rusty, so slowly-slowly does it, but the future of traveling around Nippon again looks sure promising.
Thinking about a Kyushu camper trip?

Spectacular vantage point to see the sunset.
With Mt Aso in the distance.
Explore by camper, way to go.

They are all super but this Michi No Eki 道の駅 is one of the even better ones.
Location: Kitagawa in Miyazaki.

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Time for a coffee break.
Isn't it magic?
Explore by camper, way to go.

One of our favorites: morning market in Yobuko, Saga Prefecture.
A hint what Japan must have been decades ago.

Winter sunset over Ariaki Kai 有明海
One of the hotspots to visit if you like Kyushu for your campervan trip & scenery photography.

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These wintery days looking back at pictures like this, keeps us going.
Won't be long now :-)
Are you too already making plans?
Explore by camper, way to go.

We have been in Japan now already for soo many years.
By times we forget ...... we are here.
And then suddenly..... Zzzzz.

Surprising things and views you see when driving rural Kyushu.
Luff-luff, we luff it.

Spectacular Oita landmark in winter mode. A touristic location especially, as you can imagine, when dressed in autumn colors.
This was our camper possy for the night... couldn't have been better.

Follow the road into the sunset.
Magic Camper in Kyushu.

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