Friday, October 1, 2021

Exploring Kyushu, a never ending story, part 6

 Exploring Kyushu, a never ending story, part 6


Mystic is all over the place.
Discover these spots during camper road trip.
Way to go.


Time for lunch.
Lunchtime meals at local eateries are yummy and good value. 
Like this set was Y850


Land of the Rising Sun and zillion miles of coastline.
Discover inland and coastal scenery.


Enjoying the view during a coffee stop at a deserted car-park. 
Somewhere in Kumamoto.


Are you looking for:
Space? Fresh Air? Hot-springs? Outdoors?
Hiking trails? Nature? Campervan parking?
.........?
Kyushu has it all.


Ajisai, aka hydrangeas, come in al sorts of colors and shapes. Our Toyota Coaster luffs to pose with them.
Enjoy this time of the year and go and explore Kyushu with a rental camper from @3seven77


True is true, snail-pace is also a way to explore.
But our vehicles are offering 
more comfort and joy to see All-the-Best-of-Kyushu during your camper trip.


Can't be sunshine and blue skies every day.
On days like this, you'll appreciate the comfort of our campers.


Go and see the places.
Go camper rental.
See here our Toyota Coaster.
With of course Mt. Fuji in the back.


This time of the year: Early mornings are awesome.
Be there, be there by camper.


For a memorable road-trip by rental camper.

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Exploring Kyushu, a never ending story, 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.
Thankful.


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

Exploring Kyushu, a never ending story, 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

Exploring Kyushu, a never ending story, 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.

Salute.