Saturday, March 27, 2021

Exploring Kyushu, a never ending story, part two

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.

Yappari Kyushu
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.

Yappari Kyushu
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.

For Marijke's blog-posting about our winter trip,
zoofff to here:


Friday, February 12, 2021

Exploring Kyushu: A never ending story, part one.

Yeahhh, we had the shortest daylight-day & the vaccine is on its way... 
Are we now heading to a brighter 202?
Meanwhile & especially during this pandemic
the better way to explore Japan is by camper. 
And that's what we have been doing.

Haha, so you think we did something illegally ??
This guy has been standing with this rock over his head already for zillion of years  :-)

In November we were ready to show-off our cowboy tricks....

Maybe we are good at it after 40 years as a team.

Good morning Kyushu.

Of course Nori is enjoying his bed-and-view-on-wheels as well.

View from the cockpit.

There is something called: Being-templed-out.
What means: Having seen & visited too many temples.
Nope, not for us.
We always find our zen-and-more, 
especially @ those temples that are off the beaten (tourist) track.

An other breakfast panorama from Billie

This and that pictures from a hike in our backyard here in Fukuoka.

Hopefully you will be able to travel to Japan again in 2021.
Meanwhile we keep on explore the sights for you.

Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki.. 

Make sure this location is on your camper trip list.
Ask me for details if you are thinking about such a trip.



Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Autumn Snaps 2020


♤ Pond on the Rocks ♤
As it was seen at Mifuneyama Koen in Takeo, Saga.
Indeed a cool place to wind down on a hot day.

Looking down from Oka Castle Ruins in Oita. Even the car-park is ahhhsome.
Can you spot Billie Bee?
Happy camper, way to go.

Good Morning.
A slightly different start if our Sunday. Luff it too.
Happy camper here at Mt Aso National Park.

Excuse me, do you have a moment to dream away... ?

Remember adventure SHOGUN?
Well, she found a new owner and left Fukuoka this November.
Bon voyage.

File photo of camper customers from Israel.
Their 6 weeks camper trip started in Tokyo and finished in Fukuoka.
Can you guess what an amazing experience they had?

One of the things we celebrated in November:
Happy 18 birthday!!!

Time to wind down, stroll the alleys, take in the sights..... and dream away.
Oh, and of course go for a long soak in one of the many hotsprings.
As it happens in Kurokawa Onsen in Kumammoto.

Japan has many extremes.
Like: shinkansen & steam train. This one is the Yamaguchi Express.
To be able to see it chuck-chucking along the countryside is so exciting.

Guess why we like to roam the often narrow roads with our camper.
Bonus of course are the autumn colors.

This time of the year it's Ahhh & Ohh and More.
Be prepared for some jaw dropping.

A bit of this and a bit of that.
ゆ is the sign for sento (bath) or hotspring.
P in this case for parking, pizza and pasta (confused?).
The hotspring is a short walk down from the road, at the base of the cliffs.

Early-early morning. Best moment of the day.
Misty conditions makes it more magical at this perfect overnight stop we shared with 1 more camper.
Location: SE of Mt Aso.

Time for a break. Always plenty of rest areas available.

Undeniable, we had awesome autumn weather and spectacular colors all around us.
Now heading into more wintery weather... but that doesn't stop us from exploring Nippon by camper.

What to say?
Probably you say something like: Wish I was there !
Camper rental, way to go and enjoy Kyushu in autumn.
And winter.
And spring.

Magic in the Air. As seen in Sawaraku, Fukuoka.

Care for a snack?
How about a very tasty and amazingly fresh UNI, also known as sea-urchin.
Here for sale at the morning fish market in Yobuko, Saga Prefecture.



Friday, October 23, 2020

Remember September 2020

Well, indeed September 2020 will always remembered.
Not because of the Covid troubles but mainly for all the good moments we had.

See here a few and more.

All dressed and covered up for the Sunday Morning fish market.

Meanwhile, somewhere sometime some campertrip.
So cute in Saga Prefecture.

Oh oh oh, and when you are driving along nicely, you suddenly hit this view.......

Would you think driving a camper in Japan is stressful.....?
Need more proof?

Driving along and then suddenly ....
What a fun way to experience this part of the Japanese culture.

Last summer trip we ventured into Honshu.

Pretty things to see there as well, but better be early in the day as it can be crowded.
This is Motonosumi Inari Shrine.
And like most inari shrines: a wee bit too commercial.

Billie Bee Bus.
Our home on wheels.
In its first year, he drove us smooth and safe 10.000Ks
Looking forward to many more to come.

One trip we took Billie Bee Bus up the Nita Pass at Mt Unzen.
One of our favorite destinations in Kyushu: 
Happy camper, birdwatching and hiking paradise.
Bonus: GREAT views!!

Half way stop at the Izehaya Dam in Nagasaki.
Ignoring the mountain in the distant... you could imagine being in Holland.

Don't forget to add Takeo hot spring in Saga Prefecture to your camper trip.
First time we took a bath here was >30 years ago: memories forever.

One of our campers parked in good company.
True is true, those small ones are nice cars..... but horrible to sleep in.
Rental camper, way to go, explore, camp and ...sleep of course.
Pict. @felixcatmary

As it happens at Fukuoka Fismarket.
Some of our catch from the other day.
Took us 6 hours to land these .... took them 1 minute auction the lot.


Happy big fat old trees can often be found at temple grounds.
Boy, can you feel their power & hear their stories?

This is me and my Toyota Coaster Camper.
My humans drive me where i want to camp. 
Life is good.

It's always nice to meet a cousin. Here at the Kurume Camping car Show.
Toyota Coaster, way to camper.

Knock knock, who's there.. ?
Good morning, this is typhoon Haishen.

Advertised as a severe typhoon...
but more or less we were disappointed in its blow-power. 
Oh yeah it rained a lot and there was some wind, from the south..our least favorite directions in our harbor.
But touch-wood, we have had worse.

Care for something to eat & drink? Don't speak or read Japanese? NO worry.
Sadly these kind of displays are getting fewer and fewer..

Hitting autumn...
Billie Bee Bus took us to Mt Kuju for some bird watching and hiking.

And 0f course we went for a long soak in a hot spring.
Yeah, Early autumn colors are here !
Next time, join us.