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Mt Aso – vulcanism & tourism combo

Where else in the world would there be a tourist ropeway leading up to a pungeant, steaming, and very live, volcanic crater?  At least there are concrete emergency shelters installed for the rare occasion when the volcano goes bang. (more…)

Panoramas along the Yamanami Highway

This is the Kuju Kogen (Kuju Highlands) in Oita Prefecture, which I visited during Golden Week recently.  Both panoramas are taken along the “Yamanami Highway”, a scenic route across the mountains between Yufuin and Kurokawa Onsen.  (more…)

Mojiko panoramas

Here are some panoramic photos of “Retro” Mojiko. (more…)

Nagasaki panoramas

I’ve seen Inasa-san in Nagasaki billed on tourist advertisements, along with Mt Hakodate and Rokko-san in Kobe, as one of the three “million dollar” night views of Japan.  That’s why I expected gazillions of people up here enjoying the views – just like the night a few weeks earlier I was on Mt Hakodate – but there were only a few people, and it was rather peaceful. (more…)

Hakodate Panoramas

I’ve been experimenting with some photo stitching software, and have created some panoramas from photos that I took in Hakodate a week or so ago.  Three of the four were taken from the top of Mt Hakodate, and the fourth along the coastline at Cape Tachimachi, to the south of Mt Hakodate.  With a nice sunny day and a little digital enhancement, I think they’ve come up rather well!  (more…)