First, you need to get the JR Kyushu Railway Pass. It's 7200 for a 3-day Northern Kyushu pass, and includes unlimited rides on the Shinkansen and other JR lines. Just the shinkansen to Kumamoto will make it worthwhile.
Day 1: Hakata to Aso Farmland
It's probably between 1000-1500yen for one, depending on what you get.
|My Aunt and Uncle's. The beef was fantastic!|
From there, we want to get to either Tateno or Akamizu. Either way, we're going to have to get off at Higoozu and change trains. So, Tateno or Akamizu? Ok, as of 2014 November (I don't know if the information will change, so please check!), there's a bus from Tateno station to Aso Farmland at 9:45am, 11:25 am and 3:30pm. If you're not arriving at those times, you will have to take the train to Akamizu (one station after Tateno) and take a taxi from there.
|Tateno Station. Remember this station, it's pretty important.|
|Tateno Bus Stop|
So, Aso Farmland photos!
|Morning time, with us in the clouds!|
The platform has this cute heart thing, and about three places you can stand to take photos. Definitely worth it, if you want to get great photos.
|A lock for eternal love?|
But really, beautiful.
For more information about Aso Farmland take a look at this post. My experience was very much the same, but with less snow. And I went to the spa and onsens a lot more (My relatives are here to relax so... spa!).
Funny story: My aunt and uncle first went to onsen here at Aso Farmland. Before we even went to onsen, we already spent about two hours at this spa place, where you seat in heated domes made of different materials, supposedly with different house benefits. Since onsens are hot, and the night air is cold, my aunt wanted to get out after about 45 minutes. We got out, drank our milk, and waited for my uncle. And waited. And waited. And in the end, we had to call him over the intercom twice. "(name) COME OUT NOW. COME OUT NOW" There was even another person who used the intercom after us. "(name) WE AGREED TO MEET AT THE LOBBY WHERE ARE YOU?" (I think that guy was Singaporean too, because of the accent) Now that I've typed it out, it doesn't seem so funny to me, but I guess you had to be there. I was laughing like crazy.
Coming up next: Aso Farmland to Mount Aso. Stay tuned!