Life on Mars: Aso-Kuju National Park

‘Mount Aso is one of the most active volcanoes in the world that ordinary tourists can visit,’ I read on a board while looking out to the smokey mountainscape and pondered on whether to feel terrified, but rather enjoyed looking out at such a majestic landscape. Mount Aso can be seen in two distinctly different…

Cycling the Wakayama 800

As we loved cycling one of the world’s best cycling paths across the Seto Inland Sea, called Shimanami Kaido, we were eager to try out another route promoted to cyclists called “Wakayama 800” during a week-long trip this autumn. The route we chose was a mix of mountainside and seaside with some challenging climbs and…