Friday, December 28, 2012

Unzen Road Lookout

Every now and then I just happen to be in the right place at the right time and am able to take a photo that actually represents exactly the right conditions and does the scenery justice.  This photo is just one of these times.  I was driving down the Unzen Road and happened to come to the lookout point at the time when the sun came out from behind the clouds and bathed the landscape and sea in the background in sunshine.

The conditions didn't stay like this for long but I was able to obtain some magnificent photos.

Here is one of them that I would like to share with you!

Across the sea to Kumamoto

Friday, December 21, 2012

Unzen Volcano Nagasaki

Unzen Volcano Nagasaki is very easy to access as one can drive straight up the mountain via the Nita Pass Road from where amazing views of the Mountain and Volcano can be obtained.  The lower and upper parts of the road have observation decks with views over the surrounding mountains and the Ariake Sea all the way to Kumamoto far below.  On very clear days, the panorama view is immense and views of Mount Aso hundreds of kilometers away in Kumamoto Prefecture in the middle of Kyushu are obtainable and impressive.

I really enjoy driving the Unzen Volcano Nagasaki road and can't tell you how many times I had taken this course but when that Volcano comes into view at various locations up the mountain I can't help but be overwhelmed by the sheer beauty, size and destructive powers that the Volcano possess.   As with most mountain passes, the road is very narrow, has plenty of twists and turns, cutbacks and hairpin turns.  Absolutely fabulous for motor and driving enthusiasts like me but maybe not every ones cup of tea.  However I can promise that on my tours of Nagasaki I put my driving ambitions behind me and drive to the utmost care and safety of all my passengers.  Only when i am all by myself in the car is when my driving tends to get a little bit fast and aggressive.

Nature lovers will be enthralled by its size and of its different colours and flowers that bloom at various times of the year.  Others will be fascinated by its wrath of destruction that destroyed a town ship 20 years ago.  Whatever your poison the Volcano is absolutely a must visit place for all to inspect and ponder!

Well worth a visit or 2 or 3 .........

Come and check out Unzen Volcano Nagasaki on a map!

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Unzen Volcano Nagasaki Lots of steam rising
Unzen Volcano Nagasaki
Amazing scenery
Unzen Volcano Nagasaki
From Nita Pass Road




Here is a video of the Unzen Volcano Nagasaki taken from the lookout point on the Nita Pass road for your viewing pleasure:

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Nagasaki Tera Machi Temple Street

Nagasaki Tera Machi Temple Street is one of the most famous places within the city limits of Nagasaki.  The centre of Nagasaki City is called Tera-machi, which literally means Temple Street.  It is anchored at either end by Nagasaki's two best-known temples, Sōfuku-ji and Kōfuku-ji, both Chinese in origin and two of the major tourist attractions within the Central Business District.

The distance between them is approximately 600 metres and is home to several smaller temples which obviously has many famous grave sites and unique statues within the perimeter.  Each Temple is unique and worth investigating and without a doubt a surprise around every corner will delight you and keep you intrigued at all times.  That is of course if strolling around gravestones and tombs don't freak you out too much?  As for me, this has never been a problem so I was in my element and roamed freely far and wide.

Tera-Machi and it surrounding area makes for a relaxing stroll around and of course many fabulous pictures are possible.  If you have a couple of hours up you sleeve and want to get a feel of the older areas of Nagasaki then this is the place for you.

Come and check out Tera Machi and its temples on the famous Nagasaki Temple Street on a map!

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Nagasaki Tera Machi Temple Street Lots of interesting sights to see

Nagasaki Tera Machi Temple Street Fabulous views from all angles

Nagasaki Tera Machi Temple Street Looking at the entrance of a Temple from the top

Nagasaki Tera Machi Temple Street The buildings and details are very impressive

Nagasaki Tera Machi Temple Street Greeted by a interesting statue

Nagasaki Tera Machi Temple Street Come in and have a look around

Here are a couple of videos of Nagasaki Tera Machi Temple Street, check it out:



Saturday, December 8, 2012

Karimizu Spring Geopark Nagasaki

Karimizu Spring Geopark Nagasaki has a cold water natural spring as well as many hot water springs as well.  The Karimizu Mineral Spring located at the Obama Hot Springs Resort Town on the west side of the Shimabara Peninsular is the only spring that comprises a bubbling effect similar to opening a can of soft drink.  The gaseous components in the chloride spring are melted in the shallow ground water and the 25-27℃ carbonated spring contains low quantities of hydro sulfide.  The Karimizu Spring Geopark Nagasaki is officially classified as a Hot Spring because its temperature is above 24 degrees which is the cutoff point for whether a body of water is actually groundwater or not.

It's amazing to see nature at its best working efficiently and even more surprising that the water is  cool to touch.  At first, being that you are at a Hot Spring Resort and the spring water is bubbling at the surface, gives one the  impression that the water is boiling at 100 degrees.  However the shock once realizing that it is actually a reasonable temperature is gratifying.  The spring water is actually safe to drink but trust me when i say it is not very pleasant.  The carbonated water is clear but has a slight smell from the sulfide and thus is not really a delicious drink  but by all means try for yourself, if you are game of course?

Check out the Karimizu Spring Geopark Nagasaki on a map!

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Lots of great information in English


Interesting to see and feel

Carbonated natural spring

Closeup of the bubble




Please take a look at Karimizu Spring Geopark Nagasaki video on the link provided below: